Molecules and Cells
BI200 (Course BI200 01)
Class Meetings: MWF, 12-12:50, McGuinn 121
Biology literally means "the study of life". Biology is a broad field, covering the
minute workings of chemical machines inside our cells, to broad scale concepts
of ecosystems and global climate change. Discoveries in biology continue to
advance our understanding of ourselves and of the greater biological world. Our
prospects for long-term success as a species and our ability to maintain a livable
biosphere, achieving sustainability, will depend on the continuing growth of our
understanding of biological systems. Molecules and Cells (BI200) is one of a two
course foundational requirement for students majoring in Biology and
Biochemistry, or students wishing to satisfy the natural science
requirement. Molecules and Cells focuses on biochemistry, molecular and cell
biology and genetics. Ecology and Evolution (BI202), focuses on evolution and
ecology. The courses may be taken in any order.
Professor Danielle Taghian
Email: [email protected]
Please write “Molecules and Cells” in subject line.
Office: Higgins 544A Office hours: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00, or by appt.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant:
Mark Soo [email protected]
Maria Asdourian [email protected]
Office Hours: TBA
Text and Materials: th
Required: Biological Science, Scott Freeman, 5 edition, 2013
iClicker classroom response system handheld unit
Access to Mastering Biology (online homework and quiz site)
Suggested: Biological Science Study Guide, Scott Freeman, 5 edition, 2013
Pre/Co-requisite: Chemistry 109, General Chemistry I Blackboard Vista (BB Vista)
The BB Vista site for this course contains the dynamic syllabus, course
guidelines, course calendar, lecture slide pdfs, case studies, grade management,
study group formation tools, how to succeed in this course and college tips and
information for late registrants of the course. Please check BBvista daily for new
material and to keep up with class. We will also use BB Vista for class
discussions. A series of discussion threads will be set up for each chapter of the
book. DO NOT email questions about the course material to the instructors –
you will be redirected to BB Vista!
Mastering Biology There will be weekly homework and other assignments
throughout the semester administered through the “Mastering Biology” site. To
get to this site, follow the directions in the student access kit that accompanied
your textbook. It is also possible to buy access to the site for $45. To do this, go
to www.masteringbio.com, click New Students, and follow the prompts.
To access required homework assignments and quizzes within
Mastering Biology, register for our “course” Molecules and Cells, using
Course ID MBTAGHIAN71368.
The Study Area within the Mastering Biology site has useful activities, self-
quizzes and movies for reviewing the material. While I do not monitor your work
within the Study Area, I strongly suggest you use the materials there for
reinforcing your understanding.
Course Learning Goals: During this course, you will
1) Demonstrate an increased awareness of and interest in biology from
molecules to cells.
2) Learn foundational concepts in biology that prepare you for intermediate
and upper division courses in molecular and cellular biology and genetics.
3) Develop study and group work skills that will facilitate your learning in
college and beyond.
4) Address problems using scientific reasoning and process.
To assist students in attaining these course goals our learning team has
constructed interactive learning approaches so that students can apply the
facts and concepts learned to understand new situations and solve problems
in biology. Expectations for student performance:
1) Come to each lecture prepared. Read the materials assigned for the class
and complete homework assignments. We recommend that you attentively read
assignments (chapter in book, other assigned readings) before class and after
class, as you review your notes.
2) Arrive early, so that you can be prepared for class to begin promptly at 10:30
am. If you are late, please use the doors at the back of the lecture hall to enter.
3) Think and interact during class. Respond to in-class questions using your
iClicker and be a full participant in mini-in-class discussions.
4) Please mute or turn off your phone when you come to class, and disconnect
from your iPod or other MP3 player. You are welcome to use your computer in
class to take notes, but do not surf, check email, facebook, eHarmony, twitter or
text during lecture. Doing so certainly prevents you from being present and fully
participating during lecture, it is disruptive for surrounding students and is
5) Although not expected, we strongly encourage you to form study groups
outside of class and to meet weekly to review and discuss materials covered
during class and homework assignments.
Clicker points: The iClicker response system will be used during each class for
testing comprehension a