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Biol 1432 - INTRO TO BIO SCIENCE (Summer IV, 2003)

8-10 AM, Mon -Thu, Room SRI 116

Instructor: Partha Sen Ph.D. (
PSen@uh.edu )

Office Hours: Rm 124D Old Science Bldg.; Thursday (12.00 Noon - 2.00 PM)

Bring Calculator for your next test to be held on Monday July 21, 2003

Date Chapter # Topic
7/7 54, 55 Population Ecology; Community Ecology
7/8 56, 57 Ecosystems; Biogeography
7/9 58, 20 Conservation Biology; History of Life on Earth
7/10 21 The mechanisms of Evolution
7/14TEST 1 Grades        Chapters: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58     Test 1 Review
7/15 22,23 Species and Their Formation; Reconstructing and Using Phylogeny
7/16 24 Molecular and Genomic Evolution
7/21TEST 2 Grades
Test 1 & 2 Grades
Chapters: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25     Test 2 Review    Bring Calculator
7/22 9 Chromosomes, the Cell Cycle and Cell Division
7/23 10 Genetics: Mendel and Beyond
7/24 11, 12 DNA and its role in heredity;
From DNA to Protein: Genotype to Phenotype
7/28 12, 13 The Genetics of Viruses and Prokaryotes
7/29 14 The Eukaryotic genome and its Expression
7/30 15, 16 Cell Signaling and Communication
7/31 16, 17 Development : Differential Gene Expression
8/4 TEST 3 Chapters: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14     Test 3 Review
8/5 17, 18 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology
8/6 18, 19 Molecular Biology and Medicine
8/7 19 Review Natural Defenses against Diseases

Text: The Science of Biology; 6th Edition; Purves, Sadava, Orians and Heller


Without a written request to the contrary, your grades will be posted on the course web page. You will be able to identify your score by the last four numbers of your social security number.


You must bring your student ID with you to all the exams.

There will be four exams (including the final) given during the course. The first three are worth 50 points each and are equally weighted; the final exam is comprehensive and is worth 100 points. No make up exams will be given.

Materials from each exam will be approximately equally represented in the final exam. You should use exams 1-3 as study guides for the exam.

All exams will consist of multiple choice, matching and true/false questions. Lectures will usually not cover all the materials detailed in the text.

Result of the exams will be posted and the exams returned approximately within one week of the date of exam.

Please familiarize yourself with the university policies on cheating and academic honesty outlines in the University of Houston Student Handbook. There will a policy of zero tolerance for demonstrable incidents of cheating.

Your grade for this course is calculates as 75% (Lecture points) + 25% (Lab points) = Total points.

Grades, based on the final average, will not be more severe than the following:

A 90-100%
B 80-89.9%
C 70-79.9%
D 60-69.9%
F <60%

The instructor reserves the right to change any information in this syllabus.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 29-Jul-2003 18:18:41 CDT