Here are the BIO220 grades for Fall 2017. Please go through them, and I will make them formal tomorrow.
The JC policy is that class runs as scheduled unless school is cancelled, so unless JC officially cancels school we will have the exam tomorrow at 11am, no exceptions.
If class is cancelled we will have the test on Tuesday at 9:00 am and then run the talks between Tuesday lab period (10:30-12:30) and Thursday class time (11:00-12:30).
I talked about this in class on both Thursday last week and the Thursday the week before, but I am still getting questions about this on my email. The first exam for BIO220 is on Thursday the 28th. This is one day later than the syllabus due to the day lost to Convocation. It will cover Chapters 1, 2, and 4… Plus the material on Nature of science in the PowerPoint slides.
Class will be on time today (9/21/17), but morning office hours are canceled due to delay at rheumatology.
In BIO220 we assume that you have had a functional grasp of Chemistry, hence the phrase “strong background in biology is recommended” (which requires chemistry) is in the catalog description. While chemistry isn’t the point of this course, it is inevitably interwoven in any course that touches on molecular biology (Units 2-4 in this class). The Pathways system is not supposed to let you take BIO220 right out of the gate, but it seems to miss that more often than I would like. However, I only have about a lecture and a half to get through basic chemistry review, so below are a couple of videos to help those who may be struggling.
Basic Atomic Structure (Khan Academy)
Basic Bonding (Khan Academy, you can skip metallic bonding)
Basic Biomolecules (Amoeba Sisters)
Properties of Water (Amoeba Sisters)
It is that time of the year when we are all excited and ready to rack up the 4.0 grades, the start of term.
This year is a little bit different for me. Due to staff retirements and the new HLC (Higher Learning Commission) requirements for highly qualified faculty, I have shifted around my schedule a little. I will be teaching CEM131 (Introductory Chemistry), CEM241 (Organic Chemistry I), and BIO220 (Introductory Microbiology). This goes back to my graduate degree in Microbiology and specialization in Bioorganic Chemistry (chemists who take to many biology classes and realize bacteria are better at organic chemistry than me).
REFUND/DROP NO W BY: 9/14/2017
DROP WITH W BY: 9/15/2017
WITHDRAW LAST DAY BY: 12/11/2017
Below are the final grades for BIO220. Be sure to check them before I post them to the server on Friday evening.
This grade is the lowest your grade can be, with a zero on the talk tomorrow.
CEM131: We will be finishing up the Gases chapter this week and starting on Solutions. The Hardness of Water lab is this week’s lab fun.
BIO220: We will continue with Eukarya pathogens and start Unknowns. I have posted the current grades, please review missing materials.
BIO161: We will finish Protostomes on Tuesday and then the Exam on Thursday. The lab will either be the field hike or dissection, depending on weather.
A local company has just posted an internship for this summer. The company is Transpharm, a local concern that deals with drug testing. This looks like an excellent opportunity to get some experience in the field for students thinking of biological sciences in their future.