Biology 2107, Fall '23


Location: Room 700 Langdale Hall  
Time: Monday & Wednesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm  
Credit Hours: 3 hrs


Lecturer: Dr. John Houghton  
Office: 520 Petit Science Center  
Laboratory: 657 Petit Science Center  
Office Phone: (404) 413-5390  
Office hours: Mon,  Wed: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ...or by appointment



Reference Text: "Biology in Focus"   Cambell, 3rd Ed. Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky;  ISBN: 0138263183


        "Biology in Focus"  Cambell, 3rd Ed. Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Amazon link



Course Requirements: Biology 2107  is an Introductory level Lecture Series... essentially for Biology Majors.
It is associated with the BIOL2107K laboratories, BUT grades for each course are assigned COMPLETELY independently of each other. 

Biology Majors Should: (a) become familiar with the biology web page, (b) be aware of advisement and course issues (they change quite quickly, and often without fanfare), (c) be aware not to leave things to the last minute...

Don't be fooled by the lecture notes being on the web, pdfs and appropriate links to Cambell's references... If you are expecting to be absent from a lecture or two you would be well advised to make preparations with one of your colleagues to provide the necessary information from the lecture that you missed.

Furthermore, a quick email to me -letting me know that you would not be able to make the lecture- would be considered a "common courtesy".

Course Objectives :

-to cultivate an understanding of the Biological Sciences and the Scientific method
-to begin to study central ideas in metabolism, genetics, evolution, cellular- micro- and molecular- biology,
-to acquire (and use) the vocabulary (jargon), necessary for informed discussion on diverse biological topics,
-to begin to put bio-ethical, medical, bio-economical and environmental issues into a "plausible", biological and scientific context. essence, to enable you to become a Biology graduate "apprentice".

Note: Many of the images that are presented in the attached web site are scanned images or downloaded images from the designated course text or from related internet sources. In addition, there are other image downloads and movie links which are often derived from a variety of sources that will be referenced, and are to be used for educational purposes only.

Student Responsibilities :

-Attendance, Courtesy and Preparation of coursework (preparation in advance of lecture is highly recommended), Reviewing your own notes -text (where appropriate), to Study (?) ... and to ask questions

Grading Policy *: Grades will be divided amomg the various quizzes and examinations in the following manner-


  Quizzes (best 2 out of 3) 20 %
  Mid-Term Test I 25 %
  Mid-Term Test II 25 %
  Final Exam 30 %
  Total 100 %


Makeup exams: Please make every effort to take the tests on the scheduled dates. Makeup exams should be taken only under very special circumstances as, please note, the makeup exams may be graded differently, as (by definition) they cannot be incorporated into a "class curve". There WILL BE NO MAKEUP EXAMS for QUIZZES.    

Ethical considerations: Unless otherwise stated, all examination answers that are submitted for evaluation are considered to be the sole property and ideas of each individual student. Any student(s) caught copying or cheating will automatically receive zero credit for that particular submission, and possibly be subject to further disciplinary action. 

Be aware of Plagiarism. All students should be aware of the academic honesty policy ( ).


Grading Scale: The Biology Department has recommended the following scheme.

Note that all sections of a particular course must use the same grading system

  97-100 = A+
  90-96 = A
  88-89 = A-
  86-87 = B+
  80-85 = B
  78-79 = B-
  77-78 = C+
  70-76 = C
  68-69 = C-
  60-67 = D
    < 60 = F



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