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BIOSCI-100 - General Biology - Tara Gandomi

Course:General Biology
Professor:Tara Gandomi
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello and welcome to Biosci-100 class. My name is Tara Gandomi, and I will be your instructor for the semester. I have a doctorate in medicine and have been teaching biological sciences for about 10 years. I started teaching hybrid courses in Spring 2019 and have worked with a lot of great students with different backgrounds. If you are a nature enthusiast like me, you would probably enjoy taking this class. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. 

Course Description

This course, explores the structure, function and development of living systems from cells to ecosystems. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Lecture: Characterize the nature of science and scientific inquiry and describe and analyze biological concepts from cells to ecosystems on a basic level.
Laboratory: Evaluate and analyze data and observations based on standard methods of scientific inquiry.

What to Expect in this Course

Hybrid classes require strong organizational skills and self-discipline and your success depends on your continuous work from day one. Students should plan to spend 8-10 hours per week on coursework, regularly visit the Canvas pages to check on discussions, review the learning modules and complete weekly online homework assignments.

For this course, you must have an email address, regular access to reliable internet connection, a web browser, and a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word.

This class is hybrid. It means we will meet on campus once a week for our lab meetings. All material including recorded lectures, lab and lecture material and the weekly assignments will be available on CANVAS. Attendance to the first class meetings is mandatory.

Exams will be administered on campus during the lab hours. For more information please refer to the course syllabus.

Types of Assessments

Lecture and lab exams, homework assignments, discussions.

Textbook Information

1. Recommended Textbook:

Simon, E.J., Dickey, J.L., and Reece, J.B., Campbell Essential Biology, Pearson, 7th ed, 2019. 

2. Required Laboratory Manual:

BioSci 100 Lab Manual: Building Knowledge Through Experiments, 4th edition.

All students must have their own new copy of the lab manual.  It is available for purchase only through the COC bookstore. You can download the digital copy posted on our class Canvas site.

Students should read and complete the lab handouts. The lab exam questions are mainly from the handouts. You also need to complete the online lab modules.

Other Relevant Course Information

Bio100 is a hybrid class. To confirm your place in the class, you should log in to the Canvas page and attend the first lab meeting. Otherwise, you will be considered absent and will be dropped from the class. You will also need to regularly check your email, visit the Canvas pages to keep up with the announcements, assignments, readings, and to take tests.

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)

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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

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Last updated: 05/31/2022 Sub#: 996