banner leftbanner centerbanner right

Biology 10 - Home / Announcements - Fall 2018

Date Posted Announcements (in reverse chronological order)
12 Sep 2018 Quiz #2 is scheduled for Monday September 10th at the start of lecture.
Approx. Breakdown: 15% Chemistry (see chpts. 2 & 3), 85% Cell Structure and Function (see chpts. 4, 5:83-87 and lab 4).
12 Sep 2018
12 Sep 2018 Homework Assignment #2
Learning Preferences Assignment: Due by Wednesday September 19nd (not accepted after Sep 19)

Step 1: Print out the Learning Preference Assignment Sheet here
Step 2: Go to the VARK learning styles web page and complete the questionnaire.
            < >
Step 3: Review some of the study resources listed on the assignment sheet and briefly summarize one or more of the recommended study strategies presented for your learning preference. Turn in the assignment sheet by the due date.

Be sure to record your numerical results on the Assignment Sheet and turn it in on the due date

5 Sep 2018 Quiz #1 is scheduled for Monday September 10th in lecture.
Approx. Breakdown: 50% Basic Concepts in Biology (see chpt 1 & 21 and labs 1& 2), 50% Chemistry (see chpts. 2 & 3).
31 Aug 2018 Homework Assignment #1
Student Information & Syllabus Quiz: Due by Wednesday September 12th, 2018

Step 1: Get a copies of the following documents (note: most are available online on the "Downloads" page of this website, some will also be provided as handouts):

Step 2: Read through the Syllabus and the Lab Safety Sheet.

Step 3: Print the Syllabus Quiz (access on "Downloads" page), answer the questions after reading the syllabus.

Step 4: Fill out the Student Information Sheet (be sure provide a "secret identity" to be used when posting grades. Please DO NOT use your student ID number or social security number).

31 Aug 2018

Biology 10 Lecture - Study Tips:

Time and active repetition are key elements that cannot be overlooked when attempting to learn anything. The more time you spend actively reviewing the material, the more likely it is to stick. Note that this does not mean reading the same thing over and over again. What it means is, going over the same information in a different, thus an active, way (meaning, you have to think about it). Some of what you will learn in biology will rely on memorization but some will also depend on your understanding concepts so they can be applied. Memorization is primarily a result of rote repetition but rote repetition will not help you understand concepts. Understanding concepts depends on repetition AND active thinking. Ask yourself, "what is this similar to?", "have I ever experienced this?", "what would this look like?", "how does this happen?", "what must happen for X to occur?", "If X changes, what happens to Y" etc.

1st repetition - read the text assignment - while reading:
(a) think about what you understand and what you don't (mark what you don't understand and ask for clarification),
(b) think about what is important to remember, select that word, sentence or paragraph and highlight it,
The process of actively selecting out and highlighting sections provides a guide for future review, but more importantly the active role increases retention the first time you read it.

2nd repetition - attend lecture and take notes - yes, it is the same material but presented in a new format. The process of taking notes (writing down selected lecture info, not writing everything that is said, is an active process - again you must be thinking about it). This is also an important opportunity to ask questions.

3rd repetition - review the text and your notes and create a summary sheet (the lecture outlines are designed for this purpose). Again you will be reviewing the same information in an active way (you must think about how to write it in a summary format that is complete and makes sense to you).

4th repetition - participate in the lab activities - this is a chance to experience the concepts described in the text and the lecture

5th repetition - answer all of the questions in the lecture outlines. This is good practice and will help identify what you understand and what you don't.

6th repetition - get together with one or two other students and review all that you have studied (caution: use study groups for review of what you have already studied, NOT as a way to study for the first time). Doing this weekly is ideal, the amount you will need to review will be smaller and more manageable than when study groups are used once just before the exam (although, an exam review is still beneficial).

Additional - get assistance - tutoring is available through the tutorial center ( and/or you can ask questions during office hours.


Welcome to Biology 10 - Introduction to Biology Lecture (3 units)
Lecture 3 hours (3 units)
Corequisite: Biology 010L
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This is an introductory course in general biology designed for non-science majors. Emphasis is on using critical thinking skills to understand and apply biological principles to the solution of everyday problems. Topics discussed include the scientific method, evolution, ecology, cell function and structure, cell energy, DNA and biotechnology, as well as how organisms interact with their internal and external environment. Concurrent enrollment and a passing grade in both the lecture and the laboratory is required to receive credit for transfer as a GE science course with lab. Biol 010/10L and Biol 011 meet the same general education requirements. UC/CSU will accept credit for only one course, Biol 010 or Biol 011, not both.

  First Lecture Meeting - Monday August 27th, 2018 (Fall semester begins - Monday August 27th)
Please DO NOT miss the first day of class! Enrolled students who fail to attend the first days of class may be dropped to make room for students trying to add. This includes lab, do not miss lab the first week of class.

Things to do to get a head start :

  1. Read over the Syllabus (green sheet) before coming to class.
  2. Read over the Lab Safety Sheet.
  3. Take the Syllabus Quiz (print and complete - due by the 5-6th class meeting).
  4. Purchase your books (see below) and start reading (see the syllabus for reading assignments)
  5. Learn your way around campus and the biology building - see the campus map

Note: all of the above documents are available for download from the "Downloads" page of this website.


Student Resources
As a registered student you have a host of resources on campus that are available to you, many free of charge. The following is a partial list (for a complete list please refer to the college catalogue or the Student Services section of the college web page).

Admissions and Records General Support Services Campus Facilities
Application for admission Counseling Center Bookstore
WVC Portal (registration) Health Services Library
  Financial Aid  
Academic Support Services  
CANVAS Learning Management System (LMS)
Tutorial Services  
Disability & Educational Support Program (DESP)  
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)  

Purchasing Course Books:
Several options are available to you.

West Valley Campus Bookstore: You can Purchase all of the books listed in the greensheet directly from the bookstore located on West Valley campus. The bookstore also provides an online service in case you do not want to go there in person (WVC bookstore). NOTE: Books are not accessible on open bookshelves in the bookstore. To purchase books at the bookstore, students must have a printed schedule of their classes – course and section numbers. Bookstore employees use the printed schedule to pull books for the students; mobile devices – phones, tablets – cannot be used. Advice for students: Print your class schedule at home, bring it with you to the bookstore. Alternately - computers and a printer should be available at a kiosk in the Campus Center for students who need to print their schedule. Best Option: order your books on-line, pick up at the bookstore – no lines! West Valley College Bookstore page on our web site:

Note: bookstore profits help fund the campus center - purchasing your books from the campus bookstore will help support the campus center.

Books for Food: Borrow a copy of the book from the Books for Food program in exchange for 10 cans of donated food. See the Books for Food website ( for a list of available books and bring your donation to the WVC Library to borrow your book.

books for food

Digital Editions: The textbook may also be purchased as a stand alone digital subscription or as an eText coupled with Mastering Biology (not used in this course). Ask about this option in the bookstore of visit the Pearson website:

Ordering online (new or used): I am aware that book prices are exorbitant. If book prices are out of your budget there may be alternatives to buying new copies. One option to save money is to order books online from discount suppliers. The down side is that it can take several days, or possibly weeks, for your books to arrive depending on the vendor, and you will need the "required books" on the first day of class. Consequently, unless you have ordered your books several weeks in advance, this option may better serve you for the purchase of the "optional books" listed in your syllabus. The following online vendors may prove to be good resources:

Other Local Bookstores: A less commonly successful but useful alternate is to search the local new and used bookstores in the area (including other campus bookstores) for the books you need. I have periodically found useful resource books at a significant discount at used bookstores.

rate this professor