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BIO 3351
Spring 2006

Instructor: Dr. Gail Breen, FO 3.710A (

Office Hours: Wed. 4:00- 5:00 pm (or by appointment)
(972) 883-2504

Time: Wed., 1:00-3:45 pm

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Teaching Assistants: Mimie McBrine (

Office Hours: Friday 5:00- 6:00 pm, FO 3.616; or by appointment

Nasim Salim (

Office Hours: by appointment

Textbook: Biology: Concepts and Applications, C. Starr, Sixth Edition, Brooks/Cole

The course will be graded on 3 examinations (worth 90% of your grade). The exams will be based
on class videos, reading assignments and class discussions. It is fully expected that students will
attend and participate in all lectures and discussions (attendance will be taken and is worth 10% of
your grade). Students cannot miss more than 3 class periods in order to receive a passing grade.

grade: 90-100
grade: 80-90
grade: 70-80
grade: 60-70
grade: less than 60

To receive information about grades etc, students need to use their UTD
-mail address.
Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty: Students who violate university rules on scholastic dishonesty are
subject to disciplinary penalties including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal
from the university. For the official university policy, please refer to For all examinations in this course, no books, notes,
cell phones or hats will be allowed, and ID will be required. Students are not allowed to leave the
room during an examination.

Jan. 11 Introduction
Secrets of the Cell
Chapter 4: Cell Structure and Function

Jan. 18 Sequencing Life

DNA, The Amazing Double Helix
Chapter 12: DNA: Structure and Function

Jan. 25 Understanding the Basic Concepts of Genetics

Molecular Evolution
Chapter 8: How Cells Reproduce (pp 126-7)
Chapter 9: Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction (pp 140-146)
Chapter 10: Observable Patterns of Inherited Traits (pp 153-155)
Chapter 11: Chromosomes and Human Genetics

Feb. 1 Genes, Mutations and Viruses

Genetic Code: Transcription, Protein Synthesis and Mutations
Chapter 13: From DNA to Proteins
Chapter 14: Control over Genes (pg 210-213)
Sickle Cell Anemia (pp 44-45; 159; 202; 252-254; 556)

Feb. 8 EXAM 1

Feb. 15 Human Gene Therapy and the Future of Modern Medicine

(p222-223, 230, 587i)

Feb. 22 Science of Cloning

Spare Parts- Growing Human Organs
Chapter 12 (page 184-185; 192; 193)
Chapter 28 (474)

Mar. 1 The Eukaryotic Cell Evolves

Animal Structure and Function
Chapter 18 (pg 287); Chapters 19 (pg. 298-301), Chapter 20 (pg 314) and
Chapter 29 (pg 480-484)
Chapter 33

Mar. 8 Spring Break

Mar. 15 EXAM 2

Mar. 22 Battle Scars- An Overview of Our Defense against Disease

Chapter 35: Immunity
Mar. 29 Viruses: The Deadly Enemy/ Influenza
Chapter 20: Prokaryotes, Viruses and Protistans (pg 317-319)

April 5 Hormones: Messengers

Voyage inside the Cells
Chapter 32: Endocrine Control

April 12 Neural Connection

Chapter 30: Integration and Control: Nervous System

April 19 EXAM 3