172 Lecture

BI 172 General Biology III: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity

Dr. James Biardi
Bannow 206
Extension 3465
e-mail: jbiardi@fairfield.edu
Office Hours: F 12:30-1:30 p.m. or by appointment
Dr. Tod Osier
Bannow 221
Extension 3420
e-mail: tosier@fairfield.edu
Office Hours: T 12:30-2 p.m. or by appointment

Lectures: Tues and Fri 11:00-12:15 - NHS 224

Labs: Students are assigned to a required three-hour laboratory period that meets once per week. Attendance to your assigned lab section is REQUIRED and will be recorded at each meeting. You must pass the laboratory section in order to pass the class.

Course Description:
BI 172 is the third semester of the three-semester introductory biology course. Two professors will team-teach the course, Dr. Biardi and Dr. Osier. We will focus our attention on the unifying themes of biology using a variety of teaching tools including lectures and investigation-based laboratories.

Our goals are as follows:

  • To build a knowledge base and acquire the intellectual tools necessary to succeed as a biologist.
  • To become comfortable with the scientific process that biologists use (formulating and testing hypotheses) as they attempt to answer questions about the natural world.
  • To appreciate why evolution is the core theme of biology.
  • To appreciate the diversity of living organisms.
  • To understand how organisms interact with each other and with the non-living environment.

Required Material:

  • Biological Science 6th Edition, (2017), Scott Freeman with Mastering Biology access.
  • Laptop, smartphone, or tablet with internet access for in-class use

Online Course Material:
Lecture slides and class announcements will be posted in Blackboard, which can be accessed through my.fairfield.

All online material for the course will be available through the Mastering Biology website http://www.masteringbio.com. Access to this site is restricted to members of the course, and requires a password that is provided in your textbook. This password and course ID MBBI172FALL2018 will allow you to register. It is the student's responsibility to check this site regularly between classes and take quizzes within the allowable window of time.


  • In-class Exams (39%): Three scheduled 75 minute in-class exams worth 13% each.
  • Final Exam (25%): A cumulative final exam, prepared jointly by the two professors. The final exam is required to pass the course.
  • Laboratory (25%): This portion of your grade includes laboratory notebook, lab quizzes and a final project (see BI 172 Lab for lab grading).
  • Mastering Biology (10%): Online Mastering Biology homework will be assigned for each chapter. Please check for the assignment’s due date.
  • Other in-class activities (1%): These activities will be given at the discretion of the instructor and may be in class assignments.

Course Policies:

  • Class Cancellation: In case of class cancellation, the lecture material or exam scheduled for the missed day automatically moves to the next class meeting.
  • Attendance: Attendance at each exam is required. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS - INCLUDING THE FINAL! Pay attention to the date and time of the final exam, since no exams will be administered early. You must attend and take exams during your assigned lecture section.
  • Incompletes: The Biology Department strictly follows the University regulations for giving a grade of incomplete (I). An incomplete will be given only if the final exam cannot be taken for good reason (e.g. illness or conflict with other exam) and only if arrangements are made beforehand with the professor. IN NO CASE WILL AN INCOMPLETE BE GIVEN TO AVOID AN UNSATISFACTORY GRADE.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of ideas, data, work, or language of others and submitting them as one's own to satisfy the requirements of a course. Plagiarism constitutes theft and deceit and will not be tolerated. When the ideas or writings of others are presented in assignments, these ideas or writings should be attributed to that source. Make sure all writing is in your own words - do not simply cut and paste. When using materials from ANY source, appropriate documentation is always essential.
  • Academic Honesty: Consistent with the policy of the university, any form of cheating is a violation of academic honesty and integrity, and will jeopardize your grade in this class and, possibly, your standing at the university. Please see the university student handbook.
  • Cell Phones: 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.

Academic Resources:

1. The DiMenna-Nyselius Library (Ext. 2178) and other resources for Academic Skills Development are available to assist you in your academic endeavors. You are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.

Fall, 2018 Lecture Syllabus

Schedule for lecture: This schedule may change. We will announce any changes in lecture. You will learn more in lecture if you read the assigned chapters before they are discussed. Reading assignments are from the Freeman text.

Date - Lecture Topic: Reading Assignment

Dr. Biardi's Lectures

Tues. 9/4 - Course Intro/Intro to Evolution: Review Ch. 1
Fri. 9/7 - Evolution by Natural Selection: Ch. 22

Tues. 9/11 - Evolutionary Processes: Ch. 23
Fri. 9/14 - Evolutionary Processes: Ch. 23

Tues. 9/18 - Speciation I: Ch. 24
Fri. 9/21 - Speciation II: Ch. 24

Tues. 9/25 - History of Life: Ch. 25
Fri. 9/28 - Bacteria and Archaea: Ch. 26

Tues. 10/2 - Protists: Ch. 27
Fri. 10/5- Green Plants I: Ch. 28

Tues. 10/9- NO CLASS (Fall Break)
Fri. 10/12 - Green Plants II: Ch. 28

Tues. 10/16 - EXAM I (Chs. 22-27)
Fri. 10/19 - Fungi: Ch. 29 (Dr. Osier)

Dr. Osier's Lectures

Tues. 10/23 - Introduction to Animals: Ch. 30
Fri. 10/26 - Protostomes: Ch. 31

Tues. 10/30 - Deuterostomes: Ch. 32
Fri. 11/2- Introduction to Ecology: Ch. 49

Tues. 11/6 - Animal Behavior: Ch. 50 (Dr. Biardi)
Fri. 11/9 - EXAM II (Chs. 28-32)

Tues. 11/13 - Population Ecology: Ch. 51
Fri. 11/16 - Community Ecology I: Ch. 52

Tues. 11/20 - Community Ecology II: Ch. 52
Fri. 11/23 - NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)

Tues. 11/27 - Biodiversity/Conservation: Ch. 54
Fri. 11/30 - Ecosystems I: Ch. 53

Tues. 12/4 - Ecosystems II: Ch. 53
Fri. 12/7 - EXAM III (Chs. 49, 51-54)

Thursday, December 13 - FINAL EXAM - 8:00 a.m.

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