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BIOSCI 106 - Organismal/ Environmental Biology - Barbara Sanchez

Course:Organismal/ Environmental Biology
Professor:Barbara Sanchez
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Greetings and welcome to biology 106. This course is designed as part one of a two-semester course sequence for beginning biology majors. Covered topics include the scientific process, heredity, evolution, taxonomy and systematics, ecology and animal behavior.

Course Description

Surveys the basic biology and diversity of unicellular and multicellular organisms. It emphasizes general biological principles including population biology and ecology, basic genetics, animal behavior, evolution, classification, structure, function and adaptations of organisms (including plants, fungi, protists, animals, and unicellular organisms) to their environments. This course is intended for Biological Sciences majors. Field trips may be required. Prerequisite MATH070 - Intermediate Algebra

What to Expect in this Course

  • Need access to a laptop or desk computer with a working video camera and microphone (no cellular phones, tablets, or ipads) to access Canvas and ZOOM.
  • You will have weekly labs reports and quizzes in person and extra credit.
  • Lectures (1-2 per week) in asynchronous through Canvas
  • Current event project with a written proposal and an oral presentation
  • 4 lecture exams and 2 lab practical exams
  • You have to schedule your exam to be taken in person through the TLC center by the schedule date.

Types of Assessments

Points are earned from exams, lab reports, practicals, lab quizzes, peer handout and discussion, current event project, plant experiment and field trip.

Textbook Information

Textbook: Sadava, Heller, Orians, Purves and Hillis, Life the Science of Biology (version 2), 12h Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA. VOL 2.

Other Relevant Course Information

Need a laptop or computer with a working video camera and microphone (Tablets, iPad or cell phones will not always work and will not be allowed). You need access to Youtube, Words, Adobe, Powerpoint, Excel. You need four blank scantron, form 882-E (100 questions total, 50 on each side). 11 blank scantron 815-E (10 questions on each side). #2 pencil with eraser. Color pencils for lab manual are optional. Lab Manual is available on Canvas and you must download, print  and bring to lab weekly.

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:

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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)

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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.

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Last updated: 08/23/2022 Sub#: 1479