General Biology

(This syllabus is a generic syllabus and will be secondary to the official syllabus handed out in the classroom. RSU Online courses will have a semester specific syllabus available in their course.)



Dr. Adele Register
Office: 107 Loshbaugh Hall, Claremore Campus
Phone: 918-343-7638 (Claremore)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: General Biology 1114 is a course that emphasizes those topics that are considered essential for a general knowledge in the biological sciences. Some of the topics that will be covered during the semester include basic chemistry, cell structure and function, the cell membrane, cell division, metabolism, genetics, human body systems, plant and animal kingdoms, protozoans and fungi, and ecology. This course meets the four-credit hour general education life science requirement for the Associate or Bachelor's degree.



Completion of this course will foster the following general education outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate use of the scientific method.
  2. Students will acquire basic content knowledge of sciences.
  3. Students will apply scientific principles to solve practical problems.
  4. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of science and the world around them.
  5. Students will report the impact of science on their lives and their impact on the environment.


LECTURE OBJECTIVES - During the course of the semester the student should acquire an understanding of the following topics:

  1. The basic ideas of the Scientific Method.
  2. The structure of the atom and how atoms combine to form larger molecules such as water and other major compounds.
  3. The structure and function of many of the compounds needed for life including carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  4. Mitosis and meiosis and the role that these processes take in the life of the cell and other living organisms.
  5. Cell structure and the function of the various structures of the cell.
  6. The movement of materials into and out of the cell, and the various processes that are involved in that movement.
  7. Locations and functions of the various tissues and body systems.
  8. Genetics and the basic principles of inheritance.
  9. The five living kingdoms and how they interact with the ecology of the world.
  10. An overview of our environment.

LAB OBJECTIVES - During the semester laboratory experiments will be conducted which correlate with the material being discussed in lecture. The lab exercises are designed to provide:

  1. A greater understanding of the concepts discussed in the lecture.
  2. Familiarization and proficiency in the use of lab equipment.
  3. Resource materials such as videos, overheads, field trips, and computer exercises.
  4. An appreciation for the function and limitations of experiments and offer the student the excitement of independent discovery through hands-on practice.


90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
0-59% = F

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COURSE STRUCTURE: This course will reflect the traditional method of instruction including lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Videos, overheads, and other instructional materials will be utilized to support the lecture topics. Labs will include a variety of activities to provide further opportunity to study and experience the principles and concepts presented in lecture and covered in the text. It is expected that extensive classroom notes will be taken throughout the semester, and that laboratory activities will be documented in lab reports. You are encouraged to make comments and/or ask questions at any time. For this course to be successful, your weekly participation is required. More than two weeks absence will lower your grade unless previous arrangements have been made with your instructor. Exams, labs, and field trips will not be able to be made up.


PLAGIARISM STATEMENT: Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas or work as your own. To avoid plagiarism when using someone else's data, arguments, designs, words, ideas, projects, etc., you must make it clear that the work originated with someone else by citing the source. A student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero for that particular assignment. A student found guilty of cheating on a quiz, exam, paper, or project, will receive a zero for that particular assignment. If there are two or more identical papers that are impossible to determine who actually conducted the work, and who plagiarized, then all students will receive a zero for the particular assignment.


ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution's Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (p.11), instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12. As a general rule, faculty at Rogers State University have the responsibility of enforcing the academic code. Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.


NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.



Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of accommodation must do the following: 1) inform the professor of each class of such need; and 2) register for services to determine eligibility for assistance with the Office of Student Affairs, located in the Student Union. Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact:

Director of Student Development
Office of Student Affairs
Rogers State University


DISCLAIMER: Your instructor has the right to change this syllabus if the need arises. If a change is made, written notice will be provided.

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