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Undergraduate Core Courses

IntroBioLabs

The Biology Core curriculum consists of the following sequence of four courses. Click on a course for more information.

The scientific method, the role of water in cell biology, carbon and molecular diversity, macromolecules, introduction to metabolism, a tour of cell structures and functions, membrane structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell communication, and the cell cycle. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: Chemistry 121L and 123L (or Chem 131L) or AP Chem 3-5. Students who completed AP Chemistry in high school should see the instructor of record or a Biology Department advisor. (See the Math prerequisites for Chem 121L and Chem 131L.) {Fall, Spring}

EASE

As a required component to your class, you must participate in the EASE (Essential Academic Skills Enhancement) workshop series. The worskhops are COURSE SPECIFIC. In-person participation is required for Study Skills and you MUST register for the specified workshop below to get credit for your participation.

To register, click HERE for step-by-step instructions.  **See below for the time frame of each workshop**  

If for some reason you are unable to make your session, please de-register to open up the limited space to other students.

1. Study Skills 

(Date range of SPRING 2017 workshops: Weeks 3 - 6 (Jan 30-Feb 24); see above for registration information)
Contact IntroBioLabs with technical issues.

What to bring with you:

    • Lobo ID
    • Writing utensil
    • Know your section #/day/time and your TA name
    • Tablet, Smartphone, or Computer if possible for post-workshop Survey

2. Metrics

SPRING 2017  - This is an online presentation and assessment via your LEARN accounts available during Weeks 5 - 6 (Feb 13-24), but you can also view the Presentation Video HEREContact Intro Bio Labs with technical issues.

Mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and inheritance, molecular basis of inheritance, genes to proteins, genetic models (viruses and bacteria), eukaryotic genomes, genetic basis of development, and overview of genomes. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: Biol 201L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L). Pre- or Co-requisite: Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L).{Fall, Spring}

EASEAs a required component to your class, you must participate in the EASE (Essential Academic Skills Enhancement) workshop series. The worskhops are COURSE SPECIFIC. In-person participation is required for Library Research Stratagies and you MUST register for the specified workshop below to get credit for your participation.

To register, click HERE for step-by-step instructions.  **See below for the time frame of each workshop**  

If for some reason you are unable to make your session, please de-register to open up the limited space to other students.

1. Library Research Stratagies

(Date range of SPRING 2017 workshops: Weeks 3 - 4 (Jan 30-Feb 10) in CSEL L253 [Centennial Science and Engineering Library computer classroom (lower level 2)]; see above for registration information). Contact IntroBioLabs with technical issues.

This workshop has an assessment via your LEARN accounts available during your workshop timeframe only. 

What to bring with you:

    • A topic for your Annotated Bibliography
    • Know how to log in to your Biology LEARN account

2. Critical Thinking and Pop-Science

SPRING 2017  - This is an online presentation and assessment via your LEARN accounts available during Weeks 4 - 5 (Feb 6-17), but you can also view the Presentation Video HERE.

203. Darwinian principles, the origin of the Earth, the fossil record and diversification of ancient life, evolution of populations, the origin of species, phylogenetics, introduction to ecology and the biosphere, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 201L, Biol 202L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L), Chem122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisites: Biol 203L and Math 180 (or Math 162). {Fall, Spring}

203L. Pre- or co-requisite: Biol. 203. {Fall, Spring}

EASEAs a required component to your class, you must participate in the EASE (Essential Academic Skills Enhancement) workshop series. The worskhops are COURSE SPECIFIC. In-person participation is required for Advanced Library Research and Scientific Reading and you MUST register for the specified workshop below to get credit for your participation.

To register, click HERE for step-by-step instructions.  **See below for the time frame of each workshop**

If for some reason you are unable to make your session, please de-register to open up the limited space to other students.

1. Basic Excel

SPRING 2017  - This is an online presentation and assessment via your LEARN accounts available during Weeks 4 - 5 (Feb 6-17), but you can also view the Presentation Video HERE.

Pre-assessment

 

2a. Advanced Library Research and Scientific Reading*

(Date range of SPRING 2017 workshops: Weeks 3 - 4 (Jan 30-Feb 10) in CSEL L253 [Centennial Science and Engineering Library computer classroom (lower level 2)]; see above for registration information). Contact IntroBioLabs with technical issues.

2b. Scientific Writing*

* = Count as 1 workshop

Supplemental Material

What to bring with you:

    • Know how to log in to your Biology LEARN account

204. Introduction to plant systems, including: structure, growth, transport, nutrition, reproduction, development, and control systems. Introduction to animal systems, including: nutrition, circulation, reproduction, development, and, immune, control and nervous systems. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 203 and 203L and Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisite: Biol 204L and Math 180 or Math 162. {Fall, Spring}

204L. Laboratory for Biol 204. Prerequisite: Biol 203L. Pre- or corequisite: Biol 204. {Fall, Spring}

easeAs a required component to your class, you must participate in the EASE (Essential Academic Skills Enhancement) workshop series. The worskhops are COURSE SPECIFIC. 

1. AdvancedExcel

SPRING 2017  - This is an online presentation and assessment which you will complete IN LAB via your LEARN accounts available during Week 1 (Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26, 2016), but you can also view the Presentation Video HERE.
Contact IntroBioLabs with technical issues.

Post-assessment

What to bring with you:

    • Know how to log in to your Biology LEARN account
    • IF you bring your own computer (not required) - 
      • You MUST have the current version of Excel (regardless of your platform) for maximum benefit, as the presentation is based on Excel 2013 for PC (FREE to UNM Students via the IT website)
      • If you have a Windows RT devices (i.e. Surface Pro), the Data Analysis Tool-Pack will NOT work on their system, so they will HAVE to use a PC that we provide, because the statistical analysis is not possible without the Data Analysis Tool-Pack, otherwise we’d provide alternative instruction.
      • Mac users
          • You MUST follow the pre-workshop instructions for Advanced Excel with a Mac - Guide regarding the Stats Plus plug-in BEFORE the first lab
          • Assistance with Macs is limited