Principles of Biology Laboratory – BIOL 103

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Laboratory exercises selected to demonstrate basic biological concepts. Emphasis is on plant and animal cell chemistry, composition and function, organismal structure and function, biological diversity and population ecology.


BIOL 101 (May be taken as a co-requisite)


Principles of Biology Laboratory is designed to show the student many of the principles and organisms studied in Principles of Biology (BIOL 101). The Lab will introduce the student to basic techniques which will be used to examine a diversity of God's creation. Exercises are designed to introduce the student to the scientific method and to have them use it to answer specific questions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the Scientific Method to conduct lab experiments on biological processes.
  2. Generate lab reports that distinguish data and observations from interpretations.
  3. Describe molecular, cellular, and organismal structures and their functions.
  4. Apply biological methods to taxonomy and to ecological sampling.
  5. Evaluate biblical and materialist explanations for life’s diversity using course observations and biological principles.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 1 Discussion Board Forum. The student will post a thread of 150 words or fewer that consists of 2 completed tables of data. In the following module/week, the student will continue his/her participation in the Discussion Board Forums by replying to 2 peers’ threads in 50 words or fewer. No writing style or citations are required.

The Activities are found in the Assignments section of each module/week. These are procedures that lead the student through the work that is done for each laboratory. The activities result in data for the student to interpret.

In 7 of the modules/weeks, the student will complete a variety of tasks including: a Kit Inventory, Data Tables, Matching exercise, Drawings, a Graph, Photographs, and Identification Lists. These assignments will be recorded and submitted to the instructor.

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and will include 10 multiple-choice questions covering the information studied throughout the specified modules/weeks. The student will have 25 minutes to complete each quiz.