Biology: A Human Approach Lab

EBIO 1050

Course Information


This is a one-semester (only) biology laboratory designed expressly for non-science majors. It fulfills the "laboratory" portion of the Natural Sciences Content Area of the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum. It can be taken as a companion course to either semester of "Biology: a Human Approach" (EBIO 1030-1040), or it can be taken alone.

The dates of the lab assignments, lab quizzes and due dates for lab synopses are found on the syllabus.

Students are REQUIRED to: 1) attend labs, 2) take lab quizzes as scheduled and 3) turn in lab synopses on time. Missing a lab quiz or lab synopsis due date will result in a zero grade for that assignment.

Plan to make liberal use of your lab instructor's office hours, and be sure you fully understand his/her expectations for assignments and deadlines.

Lab Quizzes:

There will be one lab quiz worth 20 points and one quiz/lab report worth 20 points. Quizzes will be given as scheduled and cover material indicated on the course schedule.

Lab Synopses:

There will be six lab synopses required each worth 20 points. Lab synopses will be due at the beginning of the lab according to the attached syllabus. As noted above, a late synopsis will constitute a zero grade. Should you anticipate missing lab on a day when a lab synopsis is due, you can arrange to turn it in early to your lab instructor.

Lab synopses may slightly vary in format. Your TA will give you guidelines for your lab synopsis. There is also one 20-point lab assignment. The total points for lab synopses and the 20-point assignment is 180 points.


Grades will be determined by the following scale: > 93% = A; 90 - 93% = A-, 87 - 90% = B+, 83 - 87% = B, 80 - 83% = B-. 77 - 80% = C+, 73 - 77% = C, 70 - 73% = C-, 67 - 70% = D+, 63 - 67% = D, 60 - 63% = D-, and < 60% = F.

Your grade will be calculated out of 180 points. Grades will not be curved.

Accomodations for Disabilities

Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a letter from Disability Services (DS) and discuss specific needs with the professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. DS determines accommodations based on documented disabilities (303-492-8671, Willard 322,

Conflicts between religious observance dates and assignments

In this class, I will make reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students who have conflicts between religious observance dates and course examinations or assignments. The campus policy can be viewed at(

Classroom Behavior

As a result of extensive discussions with and recommendations from faculty and students, a new classroom behavior policy and associated new procedures have been adopted. Please refer to the following web site (

Student Honor Code

Examine the following site for information concerning the Student Honor Code and plagiarism (