Biology 1B – General Biology for Majors

Biology 1B – General Biology for Majors

General Biology for Majors (BIOL 1B)

Alaskan CruiseThis 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 tentative syllabus and calendar to get you started.

BIOL 1B Bohorquez F23 Syllabus and BIOL 1B F23 Calendar

Here’s the information from last spring: BIOL 1B Bohorquez SP23 and BIOL 1B Calendar 2023

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. 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.

Our Board of Trustees approved this statement effective 8/2/2021:

As a condition of employment all existing and new Peralta Community College District (PCCD) faculty, classified employees, administrators, hourly employees (short-term temporary employees), contract employees, and student employees (henceforth referred to as “employee groups”), must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated employee groups will be required to wear N95 Masks at all times while on PCCD controlled property; and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.  

Here is my tentative plan for Fall 2021:

Lecture:  After the first week, this portion of your course will be “self-paced” with set due dates for completing a review of videos before the related lab experiment. After each exam, we will meet virtually to be sure everyone understands the next section. All online meetings will be recorded in case you miss it. There are some online field trips that will require attendance that will be held either during lecture or lab.

Lab: This portion of the course will be online and with face-to-face lab meetings. Most of the in-person labs will be held on Thursdays (a few Tuesdays) with more details on the calendar (above) I provide you. The calendar will be tentative as things are changing.

Supplies: We will supply you with materials if need be

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.