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 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 -

  • Scientific Investigation: An Introduction
  • Enzymes and Enzymatic Reactions: Background Information

    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 -

  • Materials and Methods and a Sample Experiment

  • September 7

    NO LAB CLASS MEETINGS THIS WEEK: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    September 14

    Session 3 -

  • Planning Your Original Research Project
  • Project Planning Worksheet

    Additional Resources:

  • September 21 Session 4 -

  • Final Project Planning Session: Writing Your Protocol
  • September 28 Session 5 -

  • Data Collection

    Use the lab manual chapter your team completed last week as your instructions and protocol.

  • October 5

    No Labs this week: Fall Break

    October 12

    Session 6 -

  • Data Analysis

    Additional Resources:

  • October 19Session 7 -

  • Presentation Preparation

    Additional Resources:

  • Creating Figures and Tables
  • Powerpoint Evaluation Rubric - No surprises

  • October 26 Session 8 -
    November 2 Session 9 -
  • Project Planning Session
      Refer to lab chapters from the previous lab session for techniques and protocols.

    By the end of today's lab session, your team must provide your lab instructor with
    a completed copy of a Mitosis Project Planning Worksheet.
    Submit electronically, not as hard copy.

  • November 9 Session 10 -
  • Initial Data Collection
  • Tables for recording Mitotic Indices (Word format)
      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.
  • November 16 Session 11 -
  • Completion of 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
  • November 23NO LABS THIS WEEK: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
    November 30 Session 12 -
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation Preparation
  • December 10 - 16: Session 13 -
  • Poster Symposia: Mechanisms of Mitosis

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