BIO220 Exam 1

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.

Beginning Videos for Chemistry

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)

Fall 2017 at JC

My son and I with aspirations of a great term approaching.

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).

Important Dates:

REFUND/DROP NO W BY:  9/14/2017

DROP WITH W BY: 9/15/2017


BIO161 Final Grades

Below are the final grades for BIO161.  There was not a curve due to the high median (in the eighties), but this is in line with course policy.  Overall performance was good, and the cladograms didn’t make me cry.

Congrats and good luck, don’t forget the student evals.  You won’t hurt my feelings, I’m sure ex-girlfriends have said much worse about me.