Biology 100 - Fundamentals of Biology
General Course Information

I. Personal Information

Instructor: Dr. Dale D. Edwards
Office: KC 214
Phone: 479-2645
E-mail:; homepage:
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., and by appointment

II. Course Information

A. Meeting Times and Places

Lecture: 11 - 11:50 a.m., MWF, KC 100
Lab: 1-3:00 or 3-5:00 p.m., Tu, KC 203

B. Textbook and Laboratory Manual

Textbook: Campbell, N., Reece, J., Mitchell, L., and Taylor, M. 2003. Biology: Concepts and Connections, 4/E. Benjamin Cummings.

Lab Manual: I have not provided a laboratory manual for this course. Lab materials (handouts and exercises) will be distributed several days prior to each lab period. There will be a special laboratory fee of $5 to cover costs of printing and copying these materials. Payments (cash only) can be made to Pat Akrabawi in KC 219.

C. Course Description: Fundamentals of Biology is designed for non-biology majors who are interested in exploring foundational concepts in biology. The major objective of the course is to help the student better understand biological principles. The course consists of lectures, four exams, lab exercises and assignments. Student attendance during lecture is expected. Attendance and participation in labs is required.

III. Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined using the following formula:

Exam 1 - 100 points
Exam 2 - 150 points
Exam 3 - 150 points
Final Exam - 150 points
Lab assignments - 200 points

In partial fulfillment of this course, you are required to attend a lecture titled "The startling scope of infectious disease. Or, what's so scary about cats and kisses?" by Dr. Paul Ewald. The lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18th in KC 100. You will automatically receive 5 points on Exam 2 for attending the lecture. Also, questions about the lecture worth a total of 10 points will be incorporated into the exam. If for some reason you are unable to attend this lecture, an alternative lecture will be assigned to you.

The grading scale for this course is as follows:

93 - 100 = A
90 - 92 = A-
87 - 89 = B+
83 - 86 = B
80 - 82 = B-
77 - 79 = C+
73 - 76 = C
70 - 72 = C-
67 - 69 = D+
63 - 66 = D
60 - 62 = D-
>60 = F

IV. Attendance/Deadline Policy

Your participation in the classroom and laboratory is integral to the course. You are expected to attend all classes. If you miss class during a regular lecture session you are responsible for all work missed. If you cannot attend a lab, you will be given a 5 page written assignment that reflects the lab topic that was missed.

The dates indicated for the exams and lab assignments (see lecture/lab syllabus) are considered final. If for some unforeseen reason you are unable to attend class on the day of a lecture exam or on a lab day, I will ask that you contact me immediately. Furthermore, I will request that you submit a note from the Office of the Dean of Students confirming the reason for your absence. If the reason for your absence complies with University policy governing excused absences, I will work with you on an arrangement that is appropriate for the exam or lab assignment that was missed. If you miss a lecture exam you will be given a re-test. If you cannot attend a lab, you will, as stated above, be given written assignment that reflects the lab topic that was missed. If you do not satisfy the terms of this request you will regrettably receive a zero for the lecture exam or lab exercise missed. And in the case of an assignment that has not been turned in on the specified due date, a letter grade will be subtracted for your performance for each day that it is overdue. If you miss an exam or lab because of an official University event, you will be granted the same privileges, provided that the event has been properly authorized.

V. The Honor Code

In the performance of all work in this course each student is expected to adhere to the standards of ethical behavior as stated in the University of Evansville Honor Code (page 40, 2001-2003 Undergraduate Catalog). The following are expected:

1. that students neither give nor receive assistance on exams
2. that each report is the students own work
3. that students avoid plagiarism in their written work
4. that students deal forthrightly and honestly when consulting with faculty

If there is any reason to suspect that you have violated the University honor code, you will automatically receive a zero for the work in question. Your violation will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students and will probably result in an Honor Council hearing. Any student found guilty and sanctioned by the Honor Council is entitled to an appeal.