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BIOSCI-100 - General Biology - Michelle Le

Course:General Biology
Professor:Michelle Le
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


"Biology is Life" graphic

Hello, my name is Michelle Le and I'm an educator, specifically in the Life Sciences. I love to share with my students and anyone who wants to learn, what I know about the natural world. Also important, I aim to make learning fun, interactive, relatable, while at the same time, sparking interests and inspiring minds. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Course Description

Explores the nature of science, including cell structure and processes, energetics in living systems, heredity, development, evolution, diversity, and environmental relationships.

What to Expect in this Course

The lecture and lab components of this course will be presented as a combination of Online and Online Live formats. You should expect to commit as much time, if not more, to this class as you would for a face-to-face class. Part of the class will by asynchronous(Online) while some will be synchronous (OnlineLive on Zoom). Students are required to attend the first day of class (info will be emailed to students the week before school starts). Any conflict in your schedule, please email me. Students are expected to attend class during our OnlineLive hours. Generally, lectures are pre-recorded (asynchronous) and lab activities are synchronous. Because learning is remote, students should have a laptop or desktop computer with a functional webcam and microphone. If not, our campus have a loaner program for students (please see me about this if necessary). Exams are online and are primarily proctored by Proctorio, sometimes by me if necessary.

If this type of technology is new to you, I will be glad to help answer any questions you may have, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. My email is I normally communicate with my students by email, by appointment on Zoom, through Canvas Announcement, and/or during our OnlineLive sessions. In person Field trip(s) may be possible but, depending on the pandemic status, may remain virtual.

Types of Assessments

Participation in lab activities, lab quizzes, lab exams, class discussions, and lecture exams.

Textbook Information

Students can use an eText or purchase a physical text. The complimentary copy of the lab manual will be provided on Canvas, but a physical copy may be at the bookstore at COC.

Main text is: 'Campbell Essential Biology' by Simon et. al, Pearson, 7th ed, 2019. ISBN: 9780134814131 3.

Bioscience 100 Lab Manual: 'Building Knowledge Through Experiments', 4th edition, ISBN: 2818440045448 (COC Bookstore)

Other Relevant Course Information

If you have any questions regarding the class that is not included in my Orientation Letter, please feel free to reach out to me by email (

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 672