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Dates listed for quizzes and exams are fixed and will not change during the semester.  The schedule and pace of topics, however, is tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the course.  Please check regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.  

C Day Date Topic New Topics, Keywords Readings  Info What's Due? Rating
1 Th 8/29 Welcome!          
2 Tu 9/3 How do we collect, represent and use data?  Science as a process, graphing.        
3 Th 9/5

How can we represent and explain our thinking about how biology works?  

What constitutes a scientific argument?

data, graphing

claims, evidence, warrants

  HW1 posted in D2L    
4 Tu 9/10

How do we construct scientific explanations?

How are models and narrative forms of scientific explanation different/similar?

Models: structures, relationships, functions

Narratives: frame, articulate, check


HW1.Scavenger Hunt.

Group contract (in class).

5 Th 9/12


What is the structure of genetic information? How is it organized?

chromosomes, DNA, genes, alleles Ch 5 (pp86-90).  HW2 posted in D2L.   [ninja_forms_display_form id=2]
6 Tu 9/17

Integrating our understanding of chromosomes, DNA, genes, and alleles.

Phenology Project - Overview

nucleotides, genomes, karyotypes, homology Ch. 16, review

HW3 posted in D2L

HW2. Pea Alleles [ninja_forms_display_form id=2]
7 Th 9/19 What do alleles do? Where do they come from? alleles, proteins, mutations Ch. 17      
8 Tu 9/24 Putting it all together - nucleotides to phenotypes. alleles, proteins, mutations, phenotype        
9 Th 9/26


Putting it all together - nucleotides to phenotypes.

dominant/recessive, continuous/discrete


  HW3:Baseline Data for Phenology Project  
10 Tu 10/1

How do we represent and explain the flow of information from genome to phenotype?

How is genetic information transferred to future generations of cells?

Melanin case study in dogs.

mitosis, cell cycle

Ch. 12      
11 Th 10/3 How is genetic information transferred to future generations of organisms? meiosis, sexual reproduction, independent assortment Ch. 13      
12 Tu 10/8 finish meiosis          
13 Th 10/10 MIDTERM 1          
14 Tu 10/15 Can we predict patterns of traits in offspring? What happens when the standard "rules" are broken? Punnett squares, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, epistasis, pleiotropy, polygenic inheritance, environmental effects (pp. 265-275), sex-linkage and linked alleles (289-293), crossing over/recombination (p. 258; 294-295)      
15 Th 10/17 Counting alleles in a population - what does change mean? allele frequencies, evolution Ch. 23      
16 Tu 10/22 How does genetic variation interact with environment?  selection, genetic drift Ch. 23      
17 Th 10/24 QUIZ 3          
18 Tu 10/29 How does genetic variation interact with environment? (contd)    Ch. 23      
19 Th 10/31 Case: Antibiotic Resistance          
20 Tu 11/5 What is a species? How do we represent relatedness among species? speciation, phylogenetic trees (aka phylogenies) Ch. 24   HW5. Antibiotic Resistance Model  
21 Th 11/7 QUIZ 4          
22 Tu 11/12 Population Biology 1   Ch. 53   HW6. Populations 1  
23 Th 11/14 Population Biology 2   Ch. 53   HW7. Populations 2  
24 Tu 11/19 How do populations interact?   Ch. 54   HW8. Wolf Population  
25 Th 11/21 MIDTERM 2          
26 Tu 11/26 How do matter and energy move in biological systems?   Ch. 55      
27 Th 11/28 No class: Happy Thanksgiving!          
28 Tu 12/3 Carbon and Climate   Ch. 55, 56      
29 Th 12/5 TBA   Ch. 56   HW9. Final Data Phenology Project.  Due Friday, 12/6 by 5pm.  
30 Tu 12/10 FINAL EXAM, 7:45-9:45am