SCB 101 – Topics in Biological Sciences

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Lab Handouts, Manuals and Safety

SCB 101 Lab Manuals

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Downloadable lab manuals in Word and PDF format

Labs and additional resourcesWord file iconword filePDF file iconPDF file
Lab 1. Exercise 1 Lab SafetyLab-1-exercise-1-lab-safety-WordLab-1-exercise-1-lab-safety-PDF
Lab 1. Exercise 2 Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method
Lab 1 Exercise 2 Video
52 playing cards (zipped folder) for use with a virtual whiteboard
Lab 1. Exercise 2 Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method WordLab 1. Exercise 2 Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method PDF
Lab 1. Exercise 3 Scientific Measurements with appendicesLab 1 Exercise 3 Scientific Measurements WordLab 1 Exercise 3 Scientific Measurements PDF
Lab 2. Exercises 4 and 5 Microscopy and Cell Biology with appendixLab 2 Exercises 4 and 5 Microscopy and Cell Biology WordLab 2 Exercises 4 and 5 Microscopy and Cell Biology PDF
Download all Labs 1 and 2 with Video in zipped folder
Lab 7 Exercises 1 to 4 Meiosis and Trait InheritanceLab-7-exercises-1-to-4-meiosi-and-trait-WordLab-7-exercises-1-to-4-meiosi-and-trait-PDF
Lab 7 BabyMaker Reference Sheet_PDF
Lab 7 Meiosis Sort Cards_5MLRjSM_PPT
Lab 8. DNA – Isolation, Structure, and TechnologyLab-8-DNA-Isolation-Structure-and-Technology-WordLab-8-DNA-Isolation-Structure-and-Technology-PDF
Lab 9. Exercises 1 and 2 – Macromolecules and Human NutritionWord file iconPDF file icon
Lab 9 Exercise 1 Macromolecules Student Handout (PDF) Lab 9 Handout Word
Lab 9 Calculating Basal Metabolic Rate and Macronutrient Intake (Word)
Lab 10 Exercises 1, 2 and 3 Fetal Pig Dissection with appendixLab 10 - Fetal Pig Dissection_Exercises 1, 2, and 3 WordLab 10 - Fetal Pig Dissection_Exercises 1, 2, and 3 PDF
Lab 10 Fetal Pig Dissection Manual BIOL 105
Lab 12. Ecologylab-12-ecology-wordLab-12-ecology-PDF
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Forms and Safety for All Biology Labs

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Homework and Assignments

Free E-Textbook 


Biology 2e is optional and free. Read Biology2e online and download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL:

Clark, M.A., Douglas, M., & Choi, J.  (2018) (2019). Biology 2e. Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

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Spring 2021 (to be posted)

SCB 101 Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to biology for the non- science majors. It will cover topics such as basic chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, biotechnology, anatomy and physiology, evolution, and ecology. The scientific method and application of quantitative techniques, data analysis, interpretation and presentation will also be covered. Prerequisites: CSE099, ESA099, MAT096.  Fulfills “Pathways: Required Core. 3 credits; 3 hours (2 lecture, 1 lab)

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References: Biology OER