Course description

Designed for biology majors to provide lab experience with emphasis on processes of scientific investigations and to promote communication, literacy and collaboration in science. Students gain expertise in methods including instrumentation used by biologists to construct new knowledge. Lab topics include genetics, evolution, ecology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

The course modules follow the “crawl, walk, run” approach to develop a students’ capacity for solving increasingly challenging problems with greater independence. First, the students fill their scientific “tool box” with skills needed to be able to design and carry out experiments. The first module is structured (Antibiotic Resistance), followed by a module that provides more academic freedom (Limiting Nutrient). Lastly, the Human Microsatellite DNA unit emphasizes the importance of accuracy and precision in science.

Outcome 1: To expose students to realistic scientific questions and encourage critical thinking, teach how to design hypothesis-based experiments, choose appropriate statistical test(s), analyze data, and interpret results.

Outcome 2: To fill students’ scientific “tool box” by demonstrating mastery of modern lab techniques and scientific methods that can later be applied across varied biological systems and scales.

Outcome 3: To teach students how to find relevant scientific information using appropriate library tools, and to communicate effectively using both written and oral formats.

Outcome 4: To teach students how to think through a scientific process with their research group while acquiring conceptual knowledge and understanding the benefits and challenges of collaborative work.

Outcome 5: To teach how to use discovery science to explore patterns in nature, and understand the importance of accuracy and precision.

Outcome 6: To provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply fundamental biological information in the context of the course modules.

Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both BIOG 1500 and PLSCI 1420. Biological sciences majors must take course for a letter grade.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:BIOG 1500 001-LEC
Number:1205
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 21-July 29, 2022
Time / room:M 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM / Comstock Hall - Academic II 1120
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:2
Related:BIOG 1500 401-LAB
To enroll:

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:BIOG 1500 401-LAB
Number:1206
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 21-July 29, 2022
Final exam/project due:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:TR 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM / Comstock Hall - Academic II 1120
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:0
Grade:Graded
Instructor:Sarvary, M. (mas245)
Max. enroll:20
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in BIOG 1500 001-LEC
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.