Principles of Biology I
BIO 103
Mrs. Snellgrove


The overall objectives of Biology 103 are as follows:
To provide students with an appreciation of the biological world.
To provide students with an understanding of basic biological concepts.
To help students understand and appreciate the interrelationships between themselves and the components of the biological world.
To help students develop critical thinking skills through the use of the scientific method.
To provide students pursuing a career in science, a foundation upon which to build the knowledge needed to be successful in their chosen field.
To provide students with practical applications of biological concepts through the use of laboratory exercises.


Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated and will be dealt with according to the policy on academic dishonesty. A copy of this policy is in the college catalog.

Students are expected to attend all classes and labs. Do not make any commitments that would prevent your attendance in lab. You are expected to remain in lab until you have completed the assignment.
Tardiness and/or absences are not acceptable behavior. If you are late to class, you must inform your instructor after class that you came in late. Otherwise, the absence remains on record.
It is the student's responsibility to keep up with the exact number of absences and also to check with his/her instructor regarding permission to make up the work missed. You are responsible for ALL material that you miss due to an absence, excused or unexcused. Students are responsible for all material covered in lecture and lab, both supplemental and from the textbooks.
If you choose to stop attending class, be sure that you go through the withdrawal procedure outlined in the student handbook. If you stop attending class and fail to go through the withdrawal procedure, you will receive zeroes on all missed work. I will not sign a drop form after the official last day of class.

No make-up exams will be given during the semester. If ONE test is missed, it may be made up, with instructor approval, at the date and time announced by the instructor. This information is listed on the syllabus. Only ONE exam missed due to an excused absence can be made up. Additional missed exams will receive zeroes. Instructor approval for make-up exams may be obtained by providing in writing your reason for missing the exam and must be a legitimate excuse as deemed by the instructor. The make-up exam will be comprehensive of all six units.

I will post lecture PowerPoints, reminders, and announcements in Canvas. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the site so that you will be able to locate course information. You will also be required to submit at least one assignment in Canvas during the semester. I suggest creating a shortcut on your desktop to this link.

Your online assignments in Aplia will be due Fridays at midnight. A make-up day for missed assignments will be offered at the end of the semester. You must register your purchased access code at Create a shortcut on your desktop to this link. You will complete your weekly online assignments through this site. (If you purchased a textbook bundle through the bookstore, you have an access code enclosed in the bundle. Another option is to purchase the access code via the Cengage website. After creating an account, you will be given the option to purchase a code which will give access to the e-textbook.)

Six lecture exams (100 pts each) 600 points total
One lab exam200 points
Online assignments (Aplia)100 points
Daily questions (2-3 pts/day)50 points
All grades will be posted in Canvas. You should be able to obtain a current average at any time during the course. See me if you have questions about a grade or your average.
Final course grades are posted to your student account following the end of the semester.  Log into your student account to access your final grade.
If a final grade is disputed, the registrar's office can only process a change of grade that is properly authorized by the instructor of record or the division head. All grade disputes will be resolved in accordance with the grade appeal process outlined under