PLAINVIEW CAMPUS

                       SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS & SCIENCES


MISSION:  Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.







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OFFICE HOURS:            Monday                          









COURSE DESCRIPTION:  A general laboratory-based course for non-science majors or minors; employs the scientific method to discover how living things are: organized, acquire materials and energy, respond to their environment, reproduce & develop, and adapt to their environment; attention given to bio-ethical issues in contemporary biology. Lecture three hours; laboratory three hours. $45 fee. 




RESOURCES/ TEXTBOOK: Refer to official booklist


OUTCOME COMPETENCIES: Students will be able to:

1.           Explain how living organisms metabolize and self-perpetuate.

2.           Explain cell structure and function.

3.           Explain basic similarities and differences between plants and animals in terms or morphology and physiology.

4.           Explain the ecosystem concept in terms of homeostasis and the effect of perturbations on ecosystems.

5.           Describe the basic classification of living organisms.




An absence will be recorded when a student fails to return after an allowed break time during the process of an extended session class (i.e., lab-lecture combos).   Students missing more than 25% of the classes may be dropped from the course.  .  No make-up exams will be given, unless arrangements are made in advance of foreseen absences.  Emergencies accepted.




Disability Statement – In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of Wayland Baptist University that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university. The Coordinator of Counseling Services serves as the coordinator of students with a disability and should be contacted concerning accommodation requests at (806) 291-3765. Documentation of a disability must accompany any request for accommodations.



A.           Students are expected to read textbook assignments and compile a complete set of lecture notes.  They are encouraged to become familiar with the recommended reference materials.

B.           Lectures are illustrated with a variety of visual aids and microscopic observations.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussion in both lecture and laboratory sessions.

C.           Projects and Other Assignments:  Students are required to search scientific references.  A short laboratory research project is performed and written up by each student in order to become familiar with scientific methodology.

D.           Tests.  Lecture exams (4-5 major exams per semester, plus a comprehensive final             examination), may contain both objective and essay questions.  Laboratory grades        include practicals, lab exercises, and a laboratory research project.



Lecture Exams………………………………..…………………………

Laboratory exercises, assignments, quizzes……………….

Final Exam(comprehensive)………………………………………


University Grading System:

              A  =  90  -  100

              B  =  80  -   89

              C  =  70  -   79

              D  =  60  -   69

              F  =  Below   60

              I  =  Incomplete +

              W  =  Withdrawal


A grade of incomplete is changed if the deficiency is made up by midterm of the next regular semester, otherwise, it becomes "F". This grade is given only if circumstances beyond the student's control prevented completion of work during the semester enrolled and attendance requirements have been met.



A. Introduction                                                       

                            -Scientific Basis                                                      

                            -Biological Basis                                                     

B. Nature of Life                                                    



C. Cells                                                                                   

D. Chemistry of Life                                                             

E. Photosynthesis                                                                 

F. Respiration                                                           

G. Nutrition/Transport                                                       



H. Control Systems                                                                                           



I. Reproduction



                       J. Development



                        K. Genetics



                        L. Adaptation

-Gene Frequencies
-Natural Selection

M. Ecology









There will be NO class disruptions due to cell phones.  Ringers must be turned off prior to class. If you have an emergency, quietly leave the classroom.  If disruptions occur,  points may be deducted from your final grade.  I f examinations or quizzes require a calculator, bring one that is NOT integrated with your cell phone.


Wayland Baptist University Standards for Writing

Good writing exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Content is clearly purposeful, demonstrating depth, insight, and critical thinking.
  • Structure and organization are effective, coherent, and logically developed.
  • Conventions are conscientiously observed.  This includes—-but is not limited to—-sentence structure, usage, and mechanics such as punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
  • Style is effective.  Style has been defined as “the personality of the writing.”  It includes—but is not limited to—word choice, sentence variety, voice, and attention to audience.
  • Resources are quoted and cited correctly, exhibiting quality and breadth.  Plagiarism is unacceptable.  See Plagiarism Statement in WBU Academic Catalog.


Wayland Baptist University Writing Center

It is the goal of the Writing Center to serve as a focal point for all of Wayland Baptist University’s composition activities in order to generate an enduring legacy of better writing.

Wayland Baptist University believes that competent, collegiate-level writing is important for the Wayland community to become more academically, professionally, and spiritually sound. The Wayland Baptist University Writing Center is therefore dedicated to the following: increasing students’ awareness of writing as an important factor in their collegiate and career process, increasing students’ knowledge and use of best practices in writing, increasing faculty’s knowledge and use of best writing instruction for college and career success, and increasing the knowledge of writing resources available to students and faculty.


Second Floor of the Learning Resources Center (Library) at the Plainview Campus

Writing Center Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Sun: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Appointments for Writing Center: 

You may call, email or walk in to make an appointment.


QEP Write-On Project Grading rubric:          See attached sheet







Revision: 7/18/2012