General Biology

Summer 2022 Second Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
8 Credits per quarter
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This program is intended to help students fulfill General Biology requirements necessary for advanced work in environmental studies and the natural sciences. The program will use an in-person instruction model, but a hybrid model of instruction (with online learning and weekly in-person laboratory and field sessions) is possible, upon consultation and agreement with the faculty. Students may take the course completely online and will earn science communication credits instead of laboratory credits. 

The content of the program will emphasize evolution as the framework that links the biological sciences across scales -- from individual cells, to multi-cellular organisms, up to populations and communities of interacting organisms within ecosystems. We will explore the origins of life on Earth, and the evolution of various branches on the tree of life across geologic time scales. We will incorporate Pacific Northwest natural history to deepen our understanding of evolutionary relationships and focus on the process of science in biology. We will also gain a deeper understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, gene regulation, biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids), energetics, metabolic processes, and cellular respiration. We will strengthen our understanding of evolution throughout the quarter by applying cellular and molecular biology concepts to the principles of ecology.

Lecture work will be conducted in person but we will also use Canvas for communication and assignments, and sparingly use Zoom for specific activities. Laboratory sessions include basic microbiology techniques, microscopy, DNA restriction digestions, gel electrophoresis, plant dissections, as well as two field biology sessions on campus.


Summer 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr Second Session (8): 40028

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

General Biology will prepare students for advanced programs and courses in the biological sciences such as marine biology, ecology, botany, zoology, environmental studies, natural history, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and much more. This program is essential and preparatory for all students who want to enter careers in healthcare or veterinary medicine.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$50 required lab fee


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
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First Meeting

SEM 2 A1107 - Workshop


Date Revision
2022-05-04 $50 required fee added