An Introduction to Biology 11
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An Introduction to Biology 11


– Hello, my name is Professor Rob McClung and I’d like to talk with
you about biology 11. The biology curriculum
is designed such that you can enter it from a
number of vantage points. For example, your first biology
class could be biology two, human biology, or it could be one of the biology 11 offerings,
or it could be any one of the five foundation courses,
biology’s 12 through 16. A number of these courses
are offered in the fall, for example, biology
two, 11, as well as three of the foundation courses. In addition, biology 11
and foundation courses are offered in each of the
winter and spring terms. So how do you choose? Well, what is biology 11? Biology 11 is a topics based
introductory biology course. In 2015, 16, it will be offered each term, although each term will be different and organized around a different topic and taught by different faculty. Each offering is designed to provide a synthetic overview of biology and to introduce fundamental
ideas, processes, and theories in biology. All the offerings will cover
key principles and concepts in biology. So for example, we’ll be
talking about cell biology, molecular biology, genetics,
evolution, energetics. The specific details,
however, that you learn about each of these will
vary from course to course, from offering to offering. This is deliberate because
we wish to emphasize process, learning to think biologically
over any specific content. Now what are the objectives of biology 11? First and foremost is to
stimulate your interest in biology and so we’ve chosen topics that highlight how biological thought is
broadly and globally important. Second, we want to encourage
and help you develop critical analytical scientific
thinking and skills. We want to communicate
key concepts in biology. We also want you to
develop an appreciation for this specific topic
that’s a subject of that, the offering that you choose. And finally, although this
isn’t really a global objective, it might be one of your objectives, I wanted to point out to you that if it’s the first biology class that you’ve taken, biology 11 will count
towards your biology major. There are three offerings this year. In the fall, DNA to diversity
taught by Professors Jack and Peart. In the winter, emerging
infectious diseases, how microbes rule the world taught by Professor Guerinot and by myself. And in the spring, major
events in the history of life in the human genome taught
by Professor Peterson. For more information on each
of these specific offerings, I encourage you to take
a look at the videos that have been made by
Professors Jack, Guerinot, and Peterson. How would you decide between biology 11 and a foundation course? Well, first think about subject matter. Choose a course that
is of high intellectual interest to you. The best way to do well in your courses is to be interested in them and pick a topic that’s interesting. Second, you might want
to consider work load. Both biology 11 and each
of the foundation courses are rigorous, high intensity courses. However, they’re distinguished in that the foundation courses, each
have a laboratory component, therefore this means that
there is an increased workload and so you might want to bear that in mind in consideration of which
coarse is appropriate for you. Finally, probability of
scholastic success, biology 11 by not having a laboratory course, simply will prevent you
more time to focus on the materials covered in lecture. To further help you decide which course is the appropriate choice for you, we offer a placement advisory test. It’s an hour long test. It consists of 30
multiple choice questions. The results are advisory, not binding. And it’s available under courses. For more information about this advisory placement
test, you can see a video by Professor Thomas Jack. So that’s what I have to tell you now about biology 11 and I
hope to see many of you in the winter offering.

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