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 Campbell Biology textbook as the textbook and a lab manual that was written by myself (and available 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 1ABlackie Syllabus Fall 2021



1Aspring21 calendar


Modifications for Covid -19

For Fall 2021, our courses will be following a   hybrid format – Lectures for each class will be 100% online and the Laboratory portion for each class a combination of on-line and face-to-face instruction.

Here is my  plan for Fall 2021

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: This portion of the course will be a little trickier.  Normally we would be in the lab 6 hours a week.

The plan is to have some students come on Mondays and some come on Weds for face to face lab in B201 while allowing social distancing .  For the other time 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 or Weds 10:30 – 1:20, and as Covid restrictions are eased we may be  able to add more face to face lab times and reduce the dependence on the online simulations (so meet Mon AND Weds during the lab time).

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