Dr. Catherine Andersen; ext.
2266; BNW 217- Tuesday Lab
Lenka Biardi, ext. 3196; BNW
248 - Wednesday Labs
Dr. Phyllis Braun; ext. 2111;
BNW 213 - Monday, Thursday Labs
Anita Fernandez; ext. 2116;
BNW 212A; Tuesday Lab
Bridget Fine; ext. 2034; BNW 252 - Monday,
The laboratory component is a REQUIRED part of the introductory biology
course. The laboratory is designed to provide an investigative-based laboratory
experience with concepts covered in the course. Students will usually
work in pairs and are strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions.
ATTENDANCE TO YOUR ASSIGNED LABORATORY SECTION IS MANDATORY! Labs that
are missed for unexcused absences can NOT be made up. A single unexcused
absence from lab will result in a reduction in the final lab grade by
one letter grade. TWO labs missed for unexcused absences will result in
a failure in the lab (which means a failure for the course).
Labs missed for EXCUSED absences (requiring written approval from the
Dean or coach) must be made up by attendance to another lab section within
that same week (with instructor approval). Student athletes must provide
the instructor with dates for missed labs prior to lab. If a student is
unable to make up a single EXCUSED lab, it will result in a reduction
in the final lab grade by one letter grade. If a student is unable to
make up TWO or more EXCUSED labs, the student will receive an incomplete
for the course and thus must re-take BI 170.
The following materials are required for each student and must be brought
to each lab session: Lab manual
• Bound, quad ruled lab notebook
• Lab coat
(lab manual, lab notebook and a lab coat will be given to you during your
first lab meeting)
• Closed toe shoes
• Pens, pencils, scissors, ruler
- Your grid-style laboratory notebook should be devoted solely to the
laboratory is required of each student. This must
be brought to every lab or you will be asked to leave.
- A laboratory coat (available at the bookstore) must
be worn in the lab at all times. Students without their coat will be
asked to leave the lab.
- Before lab, students should prepare by reading the entire assigned
laboratory, and writing the hypothesis (or purpose) and predictions
for that lab in the lab notebook.
- You will not be allowed to enter the laboratory with open-toed shoes.
- We cannot allow any students to attend lab sections other than their
own. Make-up laboratories are only permitted under very special circumstances
and by permission of the instructor. See "Attendance Policy,"
- The use of cell phones or stereo headphones/music devices in class
is disruptive to others. Please turn them OFF and have them put away
while in class.
- There is ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINK permitted in the laboratories.
- Individual students will not be permitted to leave lab until the entire
class is dismissed by the instructor.
Components of the Lab
- Lab Notebooks
Notebooks are sold pre-packaged with the laboratory manual and are exclusively
for use in this course. The instructions for the notebook will be found
inside the front cover. Experiments will be recorded in the notebooks
and they will be checked for completeness at the end of each lab period.
Incomplete notebooks will be penalized. Although discussion of labs
and assigned questions with other students is encouraged, plagiarism
is obviously prohibited. Please review the guidelines in the document
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LABORATORY NOTEBOOK.
- Computers and Software
Several lab exercises will require use of a computer for data analysis
and graphing. You will need to use Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent
software such as Pages and Numbers (Apple), or Google Docs and Google
You are expected to read the lab and complete any written pre-lab prior
to coming to lab to
perform the experiments. Written pre-labs may include the purpose for
each experiment as well as some assigned terminology definitions.
You will be expected to take short open-notebook quizzes at the start
of most lab periods. These will cover the topic of that lab and the
previous week’s lab. You will be able to use your pre-lab writing
assignment as a reference during your quiz, so COME PREPARED! Because
everyone can have a bad day, your lowest quiz score will be dropped.
- Lab Report
You will be asked to write a formal lab report on your Genotyping for
Sickle Cell Anemia experiment. This will follow the format of a standard
journal article, which will be introduced to you, and is described in
your laboratory manual. A rough draft of the report will be required,
and students will receive feedback for revising their final lab report.
- Lab Practicals
Two lab practicals will be included to test the laboratory concepts
and skills covered in the course.
- Open Labs
The laboratory classrooms will be open outside of scheduled lab times
so that you may come in and review material or complete lab notebook
write ups (if your instructor allows you to do so). Open lab hours are
posted on the doors to the labs. NO FOOD OR DRINK ARE PERMITTED IN THE
LAB DURING OPEN LABS. You will be asked to leave if you violate this
The laboratory component represents 25% of your final course grade. You
must pass the laboratory component of BI 170 in order to pass the BI 170
- Lab Notebook: 7.5% (based on overall notebook quality and 3 labs in
- Weekly Quizzes: 2.5%
- Lab Report: 5% (rough draft is required)
- Lab Practicals: 10% (5% each)
BI 170 - General Biology: The Cell,
Genetics, and Development
Fall 2017 Lab Syllabus
|Week of 9/11-9/14
Lab #1: page 7
The Scientific Method
|Week of 9/18-9/21
Lab #2: page 17
Serial Dilution Experiment
|Week of 9/25-9/28
Lab #3: page 21
Microscopy and Cells
|Week of 10/2-10/5
Lab #4: page 33
Mitosis and Meiosis
COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY - NO LAB
|Week of 10/16-10/19
LAB #5: page 41
Mendelian Genetics: Drosophilia
|Week of 10/23-10/26
LAB PRACTICAL #1
|Week of 10/30-11/2
LAB #6: page 53
Sickle Cell Anemia
|Week of 11/6-11/9
Lab #7: page 61
|Week of 11/13-11/16
Lab #8: page 73
Lac Operon Analysis
|Lab Reports Due
|Week of 11/20-11/24 - THANKSGIVING
- NO LAB
Lab #9: page 77
|Lab Reports Returned
LAB PRACTICAL #2
|Lab Notebooks & Final