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SCB 115 – Principles of Biology

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Lab Manuals and Safety

SCB 115 Lab Manuals

  1. Lab 1 Scientific Method and Metric System
  2. Lab 2 Microscope and pH, Acids Bases and Buffers 
  3. Lab 3 Biomolecules and Enzymes
  4. Lab 4 Cladistics and Kingdom of Life and Cell Structure 
  5. Lab 5 Diffusion and Osmosis 
  6. Lab 6 Mitosis and Meiosis
  7. Lab 7 Mendelian Genetics and Heredity 
  8. Lab 8 Evolution and Community Ecology
  9. Lab 9 Digestive and Urinary System 
  10. Lab 10 Circulatory and Respiratory System
  11. Lab 11 Nervous System and Special Senses 
  12. Lab 12 Reproductive System

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Forms and Safety for All Biology Labs

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Homework and Assignments

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Free E-Textbook 

Biology2ecover

Biology 2e is optional. The textbook is free to read online and download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL: https://openstax.org/details/books/biology-2e)

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

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Yamazaki, Kotoe, Untitled.© (n.d.). LaGuardia Community College. Photo by Dina Pizzarello.©2020

Syllabus

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SCB 115 Course Syllabus

SCB 115 Course Description

This is a one-semester laboratory-based course in biology stressing general concepts and amplifying them through a study of the human organism. The scientific method of thinking will be emphasized. Topics will include biological chemistry, cell structure and function, classical and molecular genetics, evolution and ecology, and homeostasis will be explored in the context of human biology. Laboratory exercises will include chemical analyses of nutrients, microscope slides and dissection of the fetal pig. Prerequisites: CSE099, ENG099, MAT096. 4 credits; 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab). Fulfills “Pathways: Flexible Core-Scientific World”

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References: Biology OER