GENERAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY
BIL 151



General Biology Laboratory gives biology (and other science) majors their first experience in the laboratory. Heavy emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, and on having students design and execute original experiments when given background on a particular topic.

If you have questions about lab requirements, grading, or other issues specific to your lab course, please contact your laboratory instructor directly. But if you have questions about how the labs operate, or problems with your specific lab section, please contact the Coordinator of First Year Laboratories, Dr. Dana Krempels.


General Biology (BIL 150) is a pre- or corequisite for BIL 151.


  • Fall 2015 Lab Section and TA Schedule.
  • BIL 151 Syllabus (with Assignments and Course Policies).
  • Fall 2015 LAB FINAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE for BIL 151
    BIL 151 Syllabus - Fall 2015
    Click on the lab title to download a copy of the lab manual chapter.
    Week of:Topic:
    August 24

    Session 1 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 1

    This week's activities:

  • Introduction to Scientific Investigation

    Also read:

  • How Agassiz Taught Professor Scudder (A Lesson in Observation)
  • Science as Falsification by Karl Popper
  • Strong Inference by John R. Platt
  • August 31

    Session 2 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 2

    This week's activities:

  • Planning Your Team's Research Project
      At the end of today's lab, your team must submit a
      completed Protocol Worksheet to your lab instructor.
      Submit electronically, not as hard copy.
  • Additional Protocol Practice, as necessary

  • September 7

    NO LAB CLASS MEETINGS THIS WEEK: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    September 14

    Session 3 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 3

    This week's activities:

  • Data Collection
      IMPORTANT!
      You will be using stains this week!
      Wear clothing you don't mind getting stained,
      or bring an apron or other coverall.
      Also bring your safety glasses.
  • September 21 Session 4 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 4

    This week's activities:

  • Data Collection
      IMPORTANT!
      You will be using stains this week!
      Wear clothing you don't mind getting stained,
      or bring an apron or other coverall.
      Also bring your safety glasses.

  • Preliminary Data Analysis
  • September 28 Session 5 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 5

    This week's activities:

  • Data Analysis
  • Poster Presentation Preparation
  • October 5

    Fall Break: No labs this week

    October 12

    Session 6 - MECHANISMS OF MITOSIS 6

    This week's activities:

  • Poster Symposia: Mechanisms of Mitosis
  • October 19Session 7 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 1

    This week's activities:

    October 26 Session 8 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 2

    This week's activities:

    November 2 Session 9 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 3

    This week's activities:

    Resources:

    November 9 Session 10 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 4

    This week's activities:

    • Data Collection I

      Use the PPW1 and PPW2 documents your team completed last week
      as your instructions and protocol for this week's work.

      Your team should do as many treatment and control runs as time permits, to obtain a statistically significant sample size.

    November 16 Session 11 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 5

    This week's activities:

    • Data Collection II

      Use the PPW1 and PPW2 documents your team completed last week
      as your instructions and protocol for this week's work.

      Your team should do as many treatment and control runs as time permits, to obtain a statistically significant sample size.

    November 23NO LABS THIS WEEK: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
    November 30 Session 12 - ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 6

    This week's activities:

    Additional Resources:

    December 10 - 16: Session 13 -ENZYMATIC REACTIONS 7


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