Web Schedules

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

One Credit Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

No Cost Textbook/Resources Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

Low Cost Textbook/Resources Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

Course Planning by Program


Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 25-Mar-24

Summer 2024 | BIO-1210-VO01 - Introduction to Biology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Laura Jimenez
View Faculty Credentials

Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to biological principles and concepts. Topics include cell biology, genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology. These topics are studied in a diversity of organisms, including microbes, protists, fungi, plants, and representative animal groups. Includes a lab.

Essential Objectives

1. Explain what is included in the study of biology, how it has evolved, how biology is related to the other major branches of science, and how it relates to the issues confronting humanity.
2. Define and employ the terms necessary to the study of biology.
3. Describe the structure, function, and chemical composition of the cell as the basic unit of life.
4. Analyze the importance of energy transfer systems and how they relate to the Laws of Thermodynamics.
5. Compare and contrast the two types of cellular reproduction.
6. Summarize the relationships between DNA, genes, chromosomes, and the behavior of inherited traits.
7. Summarize the principles of the classification system of living things.
8. Discuss the evidence and mechanisms for evolution, including the origin of life.
9. Construct a working definition of ecology using the terms population, community, and ecosystem.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
11. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

BIO-1210-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Allowed: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, plays a supportive role in learning and feedback. During our class, we may use AI writing tools such as ChatGPT in certain specific cases. You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

AI Policy

This course’s generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, can play a supportive role in learning. During our class, we may use AI tools such as ChatGPT to facilitate your understanding of a topic, but not to do your writing for you. Generative AI cannot be used to create Discussion Forum posts. Use of generative AI to write forum posts constitutes a violation of CCV’s Academic Integrity Policy.


Weekly Discussion Forums

Virtual lab experiments

Quizzes, midterm and final examinations

Evaluation Criteria

Weighted grading:

Discussion Posts 25%

Virtual Lab Experiments 25%

Quizzes 25%

Exams 25%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments




Chapter 1


Discussion forum posts


  • Virtual Lab Tutorial
  • Lab Safety - Hand Washing Procedure
  • Lab Safety - Personal Safety
  • Applying the Scientific Method – Pillbug Preference

Take Scavenger Hunt quiz



Chemistry / Cell Structure and Function


Chapters 2 & 3


Discussion Forum posts


  • Diffusion Across a Semi-permeable Barrier
  • Osmosis – Movement of Water across a Selectively Permeable Barrier
  • Osmosis – Tonicity of Red Blood Cells
  • Cell Structure – Examining Plant and Animal Cells

Take quiz on Week 1 material



Energy Transfer Systems


Chapters 4 & 5


Discussion Forum posts


  • Cellular Respiration – Measuring Energy Production in Plants
  • Cellular Respiration – Yeast Fermentation
  • Photosynthesis – Carbon Dioxide Uptake
  • Photosynthesis – Photosynthetic pigments

Take quiz on Week 2 material



Cellular Reproduction


Chapter 6


Discussion Forum posts


  • Cell Division – Examining Meiosis
  • Cell Division – Examining Mitosis

Take quiz on Week 3 material





Chapters 7 & 8


Discussion Forum posts


  • Cell Division – Examining Meiosis
  • Mendelian Genetics – Fruit Fly Characteristics
  • Mendelian Genetics – Monohybrid Fruit Fly Cross
  • Human Genetics – Genetic Inheritance

Take quiz on Week 4 material



Molecular Biology / DNA


Chapter 9


Discussion Forum posts

No labs this week

Take midterm exam





Chapter 10


Discussion Forum posts


  • DNA & Biotechnology – Isolation of DNA
  • DNA & Biotechnology – Gel Electrophoresis
  • Bacterial Genetics – PCR

no quiz this week



Evolutionary Process


Chapter 11


Discussion Forum posts


  • Evidence of Evolution – Molecular Record
  • Evidence of Evolution – Fossils and Comparative Anatomy
  • Natural Selection – Natural Selection in Insects

Take quiz on Week 7 material



Diversity of Life / Fungi


Chapters 12,13.3 & 13.4


Discussion Forum posts


  • Natural Selection – Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
  • Microscopy -Diversity of Microorganisms

Take quiz on Week 8 material





Chapter 19


Discussion Forum posts


  • Participate in Lab Forum on Ecologists

Take quiz on Week 9 material





Chapter 20


Discussion Forum posts


  • Sampling Ecosystems – Biological Sampling
  • Sampling Ecosystems – Comparing Ecosystems

Take quiz on Week 10 material





Chapter 21


Discussion Forum posts

No labs this week

Take Final Exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.