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BI212 Principles of Biology II

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Includes mechanisms and patterns of inheritance, population genetics, gene expression, the diversity of organisms, and the evolutionary history of life on earth. Includes some dissection of plants and animals. The second course in a three-course sequence for students majoring in biology or related sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, chiropractic, and pharmacy. Prerequisite: BI 211. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.)

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20382CA Remote
from 3 to 4:50pm

From March 29 through June 7, 2021
Textbooks for CRN 20382
Instructor: Brett L Schaerer
Tuition: credit Fees: $0
Notes: CRN includes Lec & Lab.
and CA Remote

From March 29 through June 9, 2021
Instructor: Katri H Laukkanen
and CA Remote
from 3 to 4:50pm

From March 31 through June 9, 2021
Instructor: Katri H Laukkanen

Course details: CRN 20382

Course materials


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Instructor comments:

Thank you for your interest in this class. Here are some things you may want to know about our plan for teaching the course before signing up:

  • The Campbell Biology textbook and Investigating Biology Laboratory Manual will be required for this course. Used copies and/or out-of-print versions published within the past 5 years are acceptable.
  • This class will utilize a mix of live and pre-recorded lecture videos.
  • Weekly lecture meetings will occur via Zoom on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:50 pm. Asynchronous lecture participation is permitted.
  • Weekly laboratory meetings will occur via Zoom on Mondays from 3:00 - 4:50 pm. The lab introduction will be recorded and posted.
  • Lab has an attendance expectation: Every week, students can either: 1) attend our Monday Zoom meeting to work in small groups with instructor availability or 2) work  asynchronously and mostly independently and check in with the lab instructor (Brett) at another time (via Zoom, phone, or email).
  • Each week, students are expected to do the following: a lecture activity/problem set, a lecture quiz, a lab assignment, and a lab quiz.
  • There will also be a term-long scientific paper assignment which is part of the lab grade.
  • There will be two lecture exams (midterm and final).
  • To align with PCC's credit hour guidelines, students should expect to spend roughly 15 hours on BI 212 each week: participating in class time (either synchronously or asynchronously), reading the textbook, completing assignments, and preparing for quizzes/exams.

[Note: lecture details are tentative and subject to change.]

If you have any questions, please email bschaere@pcc.edu (lab) or katri.laukkanen@pcc.edu (lecture).

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