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 2014 Lab Section and TA Schedule.
  • BIL 151 Syllabus (with Assignments and Course Policies).
  • Fall 2014 LAB FINAL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE for BIL 151
    BIL 151 Syllabus - Fall 2014
    Click on the lab title to download a copy of the lab manual chapter.
    Week of:Topic:
    August 25Laboratory 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 1 NO LAB CLASS MEETINGS THIS WEEK: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
    September 8Laboratory Inquiry 2: Materials and Methods
    Additional Resources:
    September 15

  • 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 22Data Collection
    September 29Data Collection and Data Analysis
    October 6Data Analysis and Presentation Preparation

  • Creating Figures and Tables
  • Powerpoint Evaluation Rubric - No surprises!
  • October 13No Labs this week: Fall Break!
    October 20
  • Powerpoint Symposium: Enzymes and Enzymatic Reactions
  • October 27
  • Introduction: Mechanisms of Mitosis

  • Practicing Procedures
  • Mandatory Reading:
  • Proper Use of the Compound Microscope
  • November 3Project 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 10
  • Initial Data Collection
  • November 17
  • Completion of Data Collection
  • Preliminary Data Analysis
  • November 24NO LABS THIS WEEK: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
    December 1
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation Preparation
  • December 11 - 17:
  • Poster Symposia: Mechanisms of Mitosis

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