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 2013 Lab Section and TA Schedule.
  • BIL 151 Syllabus (with Assignments and Course Policies).
  • Fall 2013 LAB FINAL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE for BIL 151
    BIL 151 Syllabus - Fall 2013
    Click on the lab title to download a copy of the lab manual chapter.
    Week of:Topic:
    August 26Laboratory 1 -
  • Scientific Investigation: An Introduction
  • Enzymes and Enzymatic Reactions: Background Information

    Also read:

  • Science as Falsification by Karl Popper
  • Strong Inference by John R. Platt
  • September 2 NO LAB CLASS MEETINGS THIS WEEK: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
    September 9Laboratory Inquiry 2: Materials and Methods
    Additional Resources:
    September 16

  • Use this Project Planning Worksheet to outline your team's research project.

  • The Materials and Methods chapter from the last session will be helpful in aiding your project design.
  • Instructions for mixing various pH Buffers
  • September 23Data Collection
    September 30Data Collection and Data Analysis
    October 7Data Analysis and Presentation Preparation

  • Creating Figures and Tables
  • Powerpoint Evaluation Rubric - No surprises!
  • October 14No Labs this week: Fall Break!
    October 21
  • Powerpoint Symposium: Enzymes and Enzymatic Reactions
  • October 28
  • Introduction: Mechanisms of Mitosis

  • Practicing Procedures
  • Mandatory Reading:
  • Proper Use of the Compound Microscope
  • November 4Project Planning Session (Refer to lab chapters from previous lab session.)

    By the end of today's lab session, you must provide your lab instructor with the following two completed items.
    Submit these items electronically, not via hard copy.

    November 11
  • Initial Data Collection
  • November 18
  • Completion of Data Collection
  • Preliminary Data Analysis
  • November 25NO LABS THIS WEEK: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
    December 2
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation Preparation
  • December 12 - 18:
  • Poster Symposia: Mechanisms of Mitosis

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