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Jeffrey M Shaver
BES 220
Bothell Campus

Introductory Biology

For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: BES 200.

Class description

This course will compare similarities and differences between plants and animals. For plants, the course will focus on plant diversity, structure, growth and nutrient acquisition. For animals, the course will focus on the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine systems, and osmoregulation.

Student learning goals

Relate one piece of information to general layers of larger or smaller context

Understand how experimental evidence is developed

Understand and apply known experimental methods to new situations

Communicate knowledge through writing and speaking, as well as through diagrams and simple equations

Identify gaps in one's own knowledge and skills; self-access

Use available resources to answer questions and work as part of a team in collaboration efforts

General method of instruction

The lectures will include instruction by overhead and powerpoint, with the incorporation of student discussion. Hand-outs will be provided when possible. The lectures will introduce topics and give you some background on how biologists think about them. Lectures may or may not follow the material in the textbook but in either case, will tell you what we think are the important points on which you should concentrate.

The labs give you a chance to actually be a scientist and investigate some of the ideas you'll hear about in lecture. We hope that you find the exercises fun and interesting, and that you participate actively, asking questions, sharing data, and discussing observations or problems with your group.

Recommended preparation

For lecture, you should skim through the appropriate text material before each lecture and then read and reread the material after lecture to fully develop your understand of all the key concepts that I highlighted during lecture. For lab, please read each week's exercise before coming to lab; all have pre-lab assignments that will be collected at the beginning of each lab period.

Class assignments and grading

Lecture exams and quizzes will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer, and short-essay questions. Lab grades will be based on pre-labs, lab reports, lab quizzes and lab participation.

Grades are assigned based on your percentage of total points earned (unless further noted).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
BES 220, Spring 2008
Last Update by Jeffrey M Shaver
Date: 03/28/2008