Biology 1B – General Biology for Majors

Biology 1B – General Biology for Majors

General Biology for Majors (BIOL 1B)

Alaskan Cruise

This class is the second semester of a year long Biology course designed for folks who would like to continue their studies in Biology or for advanced health care fields. As a field Biologist myself, I focus on being outside and experiencing nature firsthand. Biology is always changing, which is what I like best, so I try to bring in new ideas and current research into class.

Units: 5    Class: 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite BIOL 1A
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Continuation of BIO 1A Origin of life, evolution, classification, plant structure and function, and ecology 0401.00
AA/AS area 1 CS area B2, B3 IGETC area 5B, 5C (C-ID BIO 140; 130S)

If you are taking my class, the majority of the information is on the Canvas site associated with the class. Here are the syllabus to get you started.

BIOL 1B FALL 2020 Bohorquez and BIOL 1B Calendar 2020-21

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the complexity of ecosystems, the component parts and humans place in the ecosystem. Critique current methods of dealing with ecosystems and ecological issues through discussion and seminar papers.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of continued threats to our global ecosystems and appraise individual efforts in environmental issues.
  • Explain how all organisms are connected by cell structure, energy sources and evolutionary lineage in class discussion and on exams. Correlate information on cell structure and animal systems learned in Bio 1A with evolutionary lineage discussed in Bio 1B.
  • Synthesize the information in class on ecology, evolution and organismal diversity in a research paper and oral presentation on a given topic.
  • Write clear, well organized lab reports. Draw accurate representations of microscope slide images to identify organisms of the living world in the laboratory. Analyze the results of laboratory experiments and evaluate sources of experimental error.

If you are currently enrolled in BIOL 1B at Laney, the course should appear in Canvas. Please let me know if it does not show up!



At Laney, we care about your health along with the health of our faculty and staff. Therefore Laney College, as well as the other three Peralta Colleges, will be offering classes this summer and fall. However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and recent shelter-in-place restrictions in effect in the surrounding Bay Area counties, we will be offering mostly online instruction, but will still have limited face-to-face instruction for laboratory classes. For the Biology & Chemistry Departments, that means some modifications of our courses in terms of lecture/labs schedules. We are also working together to ensure students who are taking classes in both areas are supported.

Check out the Laney Student Guide for What to Expect which contains general information about online courses. Laney also has Online Student Services. We also encourage you to take some time in the Peralta Student Resources – the Modules view gives you a good overview of what’s there. This website includes some great Tips for Success for Online Learning.

Here is my tentative plan for Fall 2020 (looks like we going to be 100% online):

Lecture:  This portion of your course will be “self-paced” with set due dates for completing review of videos before the related lab experiment

Lab: This portion of the course will be online and will no longer require you to come in-person – unless something changes. If something changes, you will be separated into groups and will come into lab on certain dates. For those dates, there will be pre-lab material that you’ll need to complete beforehand which includes watching the lecture videos ahead of time.

Week of Semester Time Location
3 – Succession & Community Ecol (T) Group A – 1-2:30pm; B – 3-4:30pm B201
6 – Bacteria & “Protists” (T) Group A – 1-2:30pm; B – 3-4:30pm B201
11 – Human Evolution (T) Group A – 1-2:30pm; B – 3-4:30pm B201
14 – Floristics (T) Group A – 1-2:30pm; B – 3-4:30pm B201

Technology: You will need a computer and internet access. We do use simulations labs (Labster) in this class you will need audio/video capabilities for class interactions and presentations. Click on the resources page Laney Student Guide for What to Expect for more information on how Laney is helping provide some of these technological needs or email me if you have questions.

Supplies: We will supply you with materials if need be