Syllabus Lecture Notes Labs Practica Reviews & Skills Assignments Resources

Course Announcements

1. Be sure to review the course syllabus and carefully peruse this website. Be sure to check this website after each lecture and regularly throughout the week for the rest of the semester.

2. Be sure to bring a copy of Lab #2 (downloaded from Labs above or purchased at the bookstore) to lab on Monday, January 26 or Tuesday, January 27.
I will not have copies of lab #2 available.

3. Quiz #1 in lab on Monday, January 26 or Tuesday, January 27 will be on microscope parts & basic microscopy principles from the board in last lab and evolution terms from
Lab #1 and the course syllabus. There will be some questions from info in the syllabus on the first quiz so be sure to read the course syllabus thoroughly.

4. Your first homework assignment on the Geologic Timeline and Cambrian Explosion is due to Blake or in Blake's box in EBS 212 by 5 pm on Thursday, January 29.
Hard copy only, do not email it to me.

5. Get the phone numbers and email addresses of at least three different students in class during the first week. Start planning when and where you will study for Biology 102 each and every week. Plan times to study for quizzes and at least one hour a week to study taxonomy and prep for the lab practicum each week. Develop study groups as you get to know each other.

6. You must plan a time to go to Lake Los Carneros and complete the freshwater ecology individual field trip lab. There is a link with directions to the lake on the Labs page of this site. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. This is Lab #25 and it should be completed by going out to the lake with some friends or family and walking around the lake paying close attention to the natural environment. Use all your senses, look for animals, examine the plants, peruse the lake, look for biological interactions, look for decomposition and small critters. Bring a pair of binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. Hone your skills of observation. Complete the homework questions in the lab after your field excursion and turn the lab in by no later than Friday, February 27 at 3 pm to me or the box in EBS 212.

7. You should be reviewing the lecture notes indicated on the Bulletins page under Lecture Notes above for the first exam which will be on Wednesday, February 25. Use the weblinks on the Lecture Notes page to help you better understand the lecture material.

8. These are the exam review questions from the Master Exam Review Sheet that you should be studying this first week of classes:

#1 through #22; #53 through #63; #76 through #79; #115 through #120; #135 through #157

9. You should be reading the following chapters in the textbook in preparation
for the first exam - chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (parts), 15 (parts)

10. We will be discussing the oral presentation, literature search paper and lab practica requirements more next week in class.
Your oral presentations are all due by Wednesday, March 4.

The literature search paper is due Wednesday, April 15.

11. Tutor hours for Biology 102 are being determined this week.
I highly encourage to study with the tutors on a regular basis.
Most tutor hours will be focused on review session and tutorial times the week before exams and lab practica to maximize our resources and best utilize everyone's time.
Tutor hours and review session times will be posted soon.

The Biology 102 Tutors are - TBA but will include:
Ethan W. (for review sessions) - TBA

12. The Biological Sciences Computer Lab open hours are:

Monday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
The computer lab is closed on the weekends.

Feel free to e-mail me, Blake Barron, anytime regarding anything about the course at:

Click here for a handout regarding Biology 102 Course Philosophy and Pedagogy

Click Here for the SBCC Seek Help Contact List

Click Here for the Requirements to earn the Biological Sciences A.A./A.S. degree


1. Click here for a link to a schedule of the Spring 2015 Learning Skills Workshop Series
@ the Cartwright Learning Resource Center. All workshops are in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center near the library
on Thursdays from 1:00–2:00 pm.

2. Click here for a link to a schedule of the Spring 2015 Writing Skills Workshop Series
@ the Cartwright Learning Resource Center. All workshops are in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center near the library
on Thursdays from 1:00–2:00 pm.

3. Come meet new friends and have fun with the Biology Club...                            

Join the Biology Club
Come to a meeting -- there are no requirements for membership
other than a curiosity about the natural world

Bio Club 2012-13

Next Meeting is:

Friday, January 23 at 1:00 pm
in EBS 209 - Animal Biology Laboratory

Majors and Non-Majors Students Welcome!
We will be planning for activities such as fundraising, field trips, meetings, and community outreach including:

  • An adventurous camping trip somewhere in California in April 2015
  • A local hike to explore the wonders of spiders around Halloween time
  • Volunteer opportunities & local elementary school biology education presentations
  • Carwash and Bake Sale fundraisers for upcoming activities
  • Activities assisting the SBCC Department of Biological Sciences
  • Volunteer activities with the local educational and environmental programs
  • Upcoming SCUBA diving certification classes Excursions to the SB and LA Natural History Museum and SB and LA Zoos
  • Tidepooling and Whale Watching fieldtrips
  • Club hikes on local trails to examine flora and fauna