Syllabus Lecture Notes Labs Practica Reviews & Skills Assignments Resources

Course Announcements


1. Quiz #3 in lab on Wednesday, September 2 or Thursday, September 3 will be on terms related to systematics and taxonomy, protostomes/deuterostomes, types of coelom from the board in lab and key concepts, scientists and basic scientific techniques from the last lab.

2. Lab #3 on systematics and taxonomy is due on
Wednesday, September 2 or Thursday, September 3

3. Your first two homework assignments on Connect are due on Friday, September 4 or as soon as you can once you get your textbook and access to Connect.

This is the link for how to register on Connect:

This is the link to the document with the link to register specifically for our Bio 102 class on Connect

4. Be sure to look up answers to the following questions about apicomplexans for lab on
Monday, August 31 or Tuesday, September 1:

What 3 or 4 specific species of Plasmodium cause most cases of malaria?
Globally, where does malaria most frequently occur?
What are the symptoms of malaria?
What are the treatments for malaria?
Is there currently an effective vaccine against malaria?

Click here for a link to an animation showing the lifecycle of malaria. You should know this lifecycle for the first lecture exam. There are good descriptions and diagrams in the text also.

Also do not forget about the standard for a meter...

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 should 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 Thursday, September 17 at 5 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, September 16. 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 #80; #115 through #157; #174, #175, #176, #180 through #185, #193, #194, #195

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 on Wednesday, September 30.

The literature search paper is due Wednesday, November 18.

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 -
Blaine E. (for lecture/lab assessment EXAM review sessions) - TBA
Jake K (for laboratory PRACTICA review sessions)
Kyle L. and others (in the computer lab, EBS 215) - See Kyle's schedule posted in the computer lab and go ask him questions about Biology 102

12. The Biological Sciences Computer Lab (EBS 215) 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 Fall 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 Fall 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.

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

Next Meeting is:

Friday, September 11 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 2016
  • A local hike to explore the wonders of spiders around Halloween time
  • Volunteer opportunities & local elementary school biology education presentations
  • Bake Sales and other 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