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BIOSCI-100 - General Biology - Ruma Banerjee

Course:General Biology
Professor:Ruma Banerjee
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Bio 100! I hope you are looking forward to the semester ahead as we explore the exciting world of General Biology! My name is Ruma Banerjee and I will be your professor for Bio 100 CRN 56617. My role as your professor is to make your experience in this course a positive and enriching one.

Course Description

Explores the structure, function and development of living systems from cells to ecosystems.

Lecture Student Learning Outcome: Characterize the nature of science and scientific inquiry, and describe and analyze biological concepts from cells to ecosystems on a basic level.

Laboratory Student Learning Outcome: Evaluate and analyze data and observations based on standard methods of scientific inquiry.

What to Expect in this Course

The lecture & lab components of this course will be presented as a combination of Online and OnlineLive formats.  You should expect to devote just as much time (if not more) to this class as you would for a face-to-face class, about 10 to 12 hours per week. 

As you progress through the course, you may have questions. If your question is one that you think may benefit your classmates, please post your question to the Student Lounge, Discussions tab located on the left of the home page in Canvas. If your question pertains only to you, feel free to email your professor directly. There will be no campus meetings. 

Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S): This program is designed to enable students with documented disabilities to get access to all of the College’s programs and activities for which they qualify. Please notify your instructor immediately if you require special health or disability accommodations.  Currently the DSP&S is offering only online services. To contact DSPS, please email them at dsps@canyons.e

Types of Assessments

The course is divided into 16 weekly units including a Final Exam on Thursday, June 3rd 2021. The course is arranged into 4 units. In canvas the folders in unit modules will contain assignments. quizzes, assignments and group activities with due dates mentioned. All assessments shall be online via Canvas.

Textbook Information

The recommended textbook and lab manual can be purchased from the bookstore.  

The lab manual can also be accessed for free from our Canvas website. Hard copy of the lab manual is only available from the COC bookstore.  (hardcopy is not required but it is recommended).

Online Textbook: Concepts of Biology, from Openstax. Access for free at

Other Relevant Course Information

The first day for this class will be on Monday, August 23rd 2021. Complete the ‘Start Here’ Module by Wednesday 25th, 11:59 PM. WARNING: You must complete the whole module (you have to click through each page in the modules section, watch the video's), and complete the ‘Meet and Greet’ discussion board or you risk being dropped from the class. Just logging in isn’t enough! The last day for this class is Friday, December 10th, 2021.         

Mon and Wed 11:15am-12:35pm lecture classes are available OnlineLive  via Zoom. You will complete all graded assignments online asynchronously.

Missing more than 2 assignments gives the instructor the right to drop the student from the course.

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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/04/2023 Sub#: 252