EBIO 1210 General Biology 1

Instructor Contact:

Dr. Lynn Wolfe
Email: Lynn.Wolfe@Colorado.edu

About the Course:

Provides a concentrated introduction to molecular, cellular, genetic, and evolutionary biology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors. Approved for GT-SC1. Meets MAPS requirement for natural science. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

This is an accelerated version of the regular EBIO1210, so it covers the same content as the 15-week version at a faster pace. The course is intended for biology majors, so it is assumed that students will have a strong science background.

The course text is an e-textbook that is incorporated into the course, so students will automatically have access to it when course access is available (students will be billed for this through their student accounts after the drop date). Accessing the e-textbook and external publisher’s content (Mastering Biology) require relatively updated computer systems in order to run smoothly.


There is a lot of information in any intro course and biology is no exception! Here are my goals for you as an educated undergraduate in this class:

  1. To demonstrate a good understanding of the main concepts of cell biology and genetics (identified in each chapter’s learning objectives)
  2. To define the main terms associated with cell biology and genetics
  3. To apply your knowledge of these biological concepts in real world scenarios (practiced in our discussions and quizzes)

Required Texts:

Campbell Biology in Focus
Author: Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky and Orr
Edition: 3 with Mastering Biology

Grading (out of 805 points):

There will be 15 Mastering Biology Assignments (5 points each) 14 multiple choice and 14 short answer quizzes (20 points each), 4 discussions (1@10 points, 3 @ 20 points each), and a final exam (100 points).

Letter Grades will be assigned according to the total points earned in the course:

  • A = 94-100%
  • A- = 90-<94%
  • B+ = 87-<90%
  • B = 83-<87%
  • B- = 80-<83%
  • C+ = 77-<80%
  • C = 73-<77%
  • C- = 70-<73%
  • D+ = 67-70%
  • D = 63-<67%
  • D- = 60-<63%
  • F = 0-<60%


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Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm


We are located at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street in a white brick building.


1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
178 UCB
Boulder, Colorado