Biol 1A General Biology for Majors – Cell and Molecular Biology

Biol 1A General Biology for Majors – Cell and Molecular Biology

General Biology for Majors (BIOL 1A)

This class is the first semester of a two semester series designed for students who are majoring in the Biological or Health Sciences. As we learn more about cells, and DNA and biotechnology we can find solutions to health challenges as well as appreciate the world around us

Units 5  Class 3 hours lecture 6 hours laboratory

Description: Introduction to general biology; Cell structure and function, metabolism, molecular and organismal genetics and animal physiology

College level chemistry (Chem 1A) is a prerequisite.  Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC  AA/AS area 1 CS area B2, B3 IGETC area 5B, 5C (C-ID BIO 190, 130S)

We use the Zero cost textbook available through open resources on our canvas shell or if you prefer the  Campbell Biology textbook as the textbook.  The lab manual that was written by myself is available through Canvas and we also use some simulations from Labster (also availagle through canvas).   Most of the information is on the Canvas site for the class which you can access once you are enrolled in the class. Here is the syllabus that gives detailed information on course policies, assessments and  assignments and the detailed information on chapters covered in lecture and lab


BIOL 1A Blackie Syllabus Spring 2022


For SPRING 2023, Biol 1A will be returning to be taught fully in person.  Lectures will be from 9 – 10:15 and Labs will be 10:30 – 1:20 on Mondays and Weds on the Laney Campus

For FALL  2022, our courses will be following a   hybrid format – Lectures for each class will be 100% online and the Laboratory portion for each class  face-to-face instruction.

Here is my  plan for Fall 2022

Lecture:  This portion of your course will be “self-paced”  (also known as asynchronous) with set due dates for completing review of videos before the related lab experiment.  Lectures will all online

Lab:  Normally we would be in the lab 6 hours a week. For some labs there may also be online labs in case of missing an in person lab.  I have created pages with videos to help walk you through the lab and then posted the important material you need.  Also we will be using Labster simulations – accessible through Canvas site.

It is important that you plan to attend during the lab time Mon / Weds 9:30 – 12:20, for office hours, discussions of the labs and lab walkthroughs 

Peralta Mask Policy: Faculty, Staff and Students must wear a face covering that covers
the nose and mouth while on campus, including in labs and classrooms, regardless of
vaccination status.
Careers in allied health, biotechnology, research and clinical labs and other biology fields
often require wearing a mask as part of the health and safety regulations of that
workplace. Thus, wearing masks is for workplace training as well as health and safety in the ongoing pandemic

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define the functions of organelles and explain cellular processing including respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis and transcription/translation in class discussion and on exams.
  • Describe the chemical makeup of macromolecules and their importance in the structure and function of the cell
  • Explain the importance of DNA as the genetic information and define how it directs the functions of the cell.  Integrate knowledge of DNA with the concepts of genetics and biotechnology
  • Appraise ethical issues involves with the study of genetics, biotechnology and medicine and express this reasoning in classroom discussions
  • Write clear, well organized lab reports.  Analyze the results of laboratory experiments and evaluate sources of experimental error