Class begins Tuesday January 20th at 11:00am-12:30pm in 125 Li Ka Shing
Prerequisites: 102 or C100A; Biology 1A, 1AL, and 1B; 110 or 130 recommended
Discussion Sections: You are expected to attend the meetings of your assigned section, as this will benefit both your comprehension and your grade. Sections will be based primarily on lecture material, with some supplementary material by the GSI. More information regarding the discussions is available on the discussion page.
Textbook (recommended, not required): Scott F. Gilbert, Developmental Biology, Tenth Edition, 2013 Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, MA. This link is to the online companion for the ninth edition. The sixth edition of the textbook is available online through the NCBI bookshelf. We will give page references for the ninth edition throughout the course, but editions 9, 8, 7, and 6 are very similar. The text may be supplemented with handouts in discussion.
Exams: There will be two midterms and a final exam. Midterms are on the dates indicated in course outline on the lecture topics page and the final will be on Thursday, May 14 from 8 to 11 am. The midterm exams will be designed to fit into one hour, but you will be given one and a half hours to allow time to compose organized answers. The final will be three hours. There will be no makeup exams. Failure to take an exam will result in zero points. For excuses such as serious illness, you must contact the instructor or GSI PRIOR to the exam about the nature of the problem, and you must provide signed documentation by a physician or responsible person explaining your absence. Since medical school interviews are not a required part of the curriculum, you must schedule interviews around the exam dates. Regrade requests must be submitted in writing by the first lecture following the return of the exams. Only answers written in ink will be eligible for regrades, and a random subset of all the exams will be photocopied before they are returned.
Points: The course will be graded on the basis of 500 possible points: each midterm is worth 100 points; the final will consist of a midterm covering the final third of the course (100 pts) and a cumulative section covering the entire course (100 pts); the final 100 pts will be assigned for participation in section.
GSIs: Jo Downes and Rachel Kjolby will direct the discussion sections, and will be available at office hours and by appointment. In addition to hearing from you directly, the instructors will receive feedback from the GSIs about what points in lectures were not clear, so it is in your interest to tell them how you are doing with the material.
Disabilities: If you need disability-related accommodations in this class, if you have emergency medical information you wish to share with us, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform the professor and your GSI immediately.
Students who need academic accommodations (for example, a notetaker), should request them from the Disabled Students' Program, 260 César Chávez Center, 642-0518 (voice or TTY). DSP is the campus office responsible for verifying disability-related need for academic accommodations, assessing that need, and for planning accommodations in cooperation with students and instructors as needed and consistent with course requirements. Click here for more information.
Plagiarism: It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the University's policies governing plagiarism. You may find this website helpful in defining and avoiding plagiarism.
Website: If you notice a problem with the website, email Rachel Kjolby, and she will fix it as soon as possible.
Office Hours: Monday 3-4 PM, 174 Koshland
Office Hours: Thursday 1-2 PM, 547 LSA
Tuesdays & Thursdays
125 Li Ka Shing