Biology 101

Karen Bledsoe, Instructor

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Biology 101 - Spring 2011

Welcome to Biology 101! This term's topics include Nature of Science, Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology.

Our final exam will be on Wednesday, June 8, from 2:00 to 3:50, in room 204 of the new Health and Wellness Center. Please check out the room location before the final so you know where to go.

For the Pond Diversity lab:

Pond organism feeding key

Revised Spring Schedule - Revised 7 April 2011. Note changes in the reading schedule and deletion of Chapter 17.


  • Audesirk, Audesirk, & Byer, Biology: Life on Earth, Special Edition (or 8th edition).
  • Lab packet for Bi 101 (available from your Moodle portal for individual printing)ou can download and print the labs here. .

Link to the Moodle portal
- this is where to go to find the weekly quizzes. Also sign up for your lab section to get the lab materials.


Combined lecture and lab syllabus for Spring 2011

How to Succeed in College Science

Weekly Study Plan for Bi 101 - They say you should spend two hours studying for every hour in class. What will you do with all that time?



Gradebooks for lecture and lab will be posted here after the first assessments.

Extra Credit Opportunities

If you would like some extra credit at the end of the term, you may complete and turn in any or all of enrichment assignments that will be listed here and on Moodle. You may earn up to 25 points extra credit points (about 5% of the final total) over the course of the term.


In-class activities

Resources needed for in-class activities will be posted here:

Lecture Notes:

Print out the PDF handout or print your own preferred style of handout from the PowerPoint before coming to class. You will need these for in-class activities and note-taking.

Chapter 1 PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 14 PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 15 PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 16 (parts 1-3) PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 18 & 19.4(1-3) PowerPoint PDF

Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 (part 1 of each) PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 26 (parts 1-3) PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 27 PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 28 (parts 1-5) PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 29 (parts 1-2) PowerPoint PDF

Chapters 30 (part 1) and 18 (part 4) PowerPoint PDF

Chapter 26.4 and Chapter 30 PowerPoint PDF


Chapter study guides: These guides will help you focus on the important concepts (and common misconceptions about the concepts) in each chapters. I use these guides when writing test questions, so do not neglect them!

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Life on Earth

Chapter 14: Principles of Evolution

Chapter 15: How Organisms Evolve

Chapter 16: The Origin of Species

Chapter 18: Systematics

Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23: Overview of the Domains and Kingdoms (part 1 of each)

Chapter 26: Population Growth

Chapter 27: Community Interactions

Chapter 28: Ecosystems

Chapter 29: Biomes

Chapter 17: The History of Life

Chapter 30: Conserving Life on Earth


Links to useful websites

Astrobiology at NASA

Mars Rover NASA page

Peppered Moth interactive animation

Survival of the Sneakiest comic strip

Encyclopedia of Life

Planet Bob

E.O. Wilson Lecture (TED Award) (HiRes version)

Jane Goodall Lecture (TED Awards)


Class announcements

Classes begin Monday, March 28

Bio 101 lectures are held in NS 103

Bio 101 labs are held in NS 123

Labs will begin the second week of class.

No labs on Memorial Day Holiday week.


Important dates:

Last day to pay fees: Friday April 1

Registration ends : Friday Oct 8

Last day to drop classes: Friday, April 8

Registration for next term: May 16-20

Memorial Day Holiday: Monday, May 30

Academic Showcase: Thursday, May 26

Final exam week: June 6-10

Final Exam for all Bi 100 series classes will be on Wednesday, June 7, 2:00 - 3:50. Locations to be announced. See the Multiple Section Exam Schedule.


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