Biology 1071—Biological Science Laboratory

(ACTS 1004, when combined with Biology 1063)

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Spring 2006, Thursday 1:40-3:30 p.m.

Science Center B5



Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt. 

Office:  B-11, Science Center. 

Phone:  870-460-1466

E-mail:  Web page:

Office Hours:  Weekdays 8:30-9:30; or by appointment. 


            Corequisite:  BIOL 1063.


            Required texts:  Campbell, N. A., J. B. Reece, and E. J. Simon.  2004.  Essential biology.  Pearson-Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, 470 pp.  Available at UAM bookstore ($89.00 new, $67.00 used). 

            Perry, J. W., and D. Morton.  1996.  Photo atlas for biology.  Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California, 143 pp.  Available at UAM bookstore ($30.00 new, $23.00 used).

            Division of Mathematics and Sciences.  Laboratory exercises for biological sciences.  2003.  University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Available at UAM bookstore ($5.00 new, $4.00 used).


            Course Objectives:  To introduce the student to laboratory exercises in the life sciences.  This course will examine microorganisms, plants, and animals to demonstrate how organisms function, their requirements for life, and why man must live in harmony with all living creatures.  The course will strive to convey knowledge of basic biological concepts and to stimulate an interest and understanding of the natural environment.


            Tests and grading:  Grades will be computed as a percentage of approximately 325 points.  Of these, 300 points will come from exams, and 25 will come from quizzes and lab performance.  Grading will be on the standard 10-point scale (90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F).  There is no curving of the grade or “extra” credit.  Points will be earned from scheduled examinations and quizzes.


            Attendance:  Attendance at all lab sessions and exams is mandatory.  You will sign an attendance sheet for each lab.  Unexcused absences may result in the loss of ten points from your final average for each lab missed.  Points are given for attending and completing each lab.  After two unexcused absences, you may be dropped from the roll and withdrawn from the class.  It is important for you to note that you are responsible for material covered in every class, even if you miss the class with an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to obtain the material you have missed, and to be prepared when you return to class.  Students who miss an exam with an excused absence will take a make-up exam, which may be an essay type.  Make-up exams will be given at a time and place determined by the instructor.  Quizzes may not be made up.

            Class policies.  The points in this class are not concentrated near the end—you need to do well early in the semester.  The instructor is here to help you.  Please feel free to ask questions at any time.  You are encouraged to seek help outside of regular class hours if you are so inclined, either during office hours or by appointment.  Tutor service is available at Harris Hall—call 870-460-1054 for details. 

Disorderly conduct is any behavior which disrupts the regular of normal functions of the University Community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.  This type of conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code.  The Code may be found on page 62 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog.  Please do not hold conversations with classmates during lecture.  DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES TO CLASS!  If your cell phone rings during lab, I will respond in the only manner available to me—by adjusting your grade.


Academic dishonesty:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 63 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog.  Please note that the instructor has wide latitude in taking corrective action in response to cheating; expect the harshest possible response in this class.


            Students with disabilities:  It is the policy of the University of Arkansas—Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the commitment of the University to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall, Room 120, phone 870-460-1026, TDD 870-460-1626, fax 870-460-1926.


            Course outline (with readings from Essential Biology): 

Jan. 12             No lab

Jan. 19             Exercise 1—Introduction and Microscopy (pp. 54-55).

Jan. 26             Exercise 2—Exchange Between Cells and Their Environment (pp 80-83).

Feb. 2              Exercise 3—Chemical Aspects of Life (pp. 22-29).

Feb. 9              Exercise 4—More Chemical Aspects of Life (pp. 22-29)

Feb. 16            LAB EXAM 1

Feb. 23            Exercise 5—Experiments in Photosynthesis (pp. 103-109).

Mar. 2              Exercise 6—Respiration and Fermentation (pp. 88-98).

Mar. 9              Exercises 7 & 8—Cell Division and Embryology (pp 121-124 & 252).

Mar. 16            Exercise 9—Genetics (pp141-158, 163-168).

Mar. 23            SPRING BREAK!!  (Woo hoo!!)

Mar. 30            LAB EXAM 2 (over exercises 5-8)

Apr. 6              Exercise 11—Plant Tissues (pp. 328-334).

Apr. 13            Exercise 12—Plant Reproduction (pp. 328-334).

Apr. 20            Ecology Handout (p. 383 and p. 399).

Apr. 27            LAB EXAM III (Final, over exercises 9-12 and ecology handout).