Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences 4 and 8A-B

Instructor: Harriet Wilson

Announcements as of Monday, January 20, 2020.

The syllabus and schedules (lecture and laboratory) for the spring semester are now available under "Class Syllabus Information" below. Printed versions of this information will be distributed during the first class session, along with some additional materials. Please come prepared to take notes during the first day of class as we will be covering new lecture and laboratory materials as indicated in the schedule.

While preparing for the spring semester, I sincerely encourage you to read the "Thoughts about Student Success" document available under "Class Syllabus Information" below. It would also be a good idea to read the lecture notes entitled "Life and Chemistry" and "Enzymes, ATP and Bioenergetics". Although these topics were covered last semester, you will need a thorough understanding when we begin metabolism and genetics (major topics this spring).

A complete set of the fall 2019 semester project 16S rDNA nucleotide sequences (and one fungus nucleotide sequence) are still available under "web-based laboratory assignments". These are listed by number (HSC-1-37) but student names have been added to facilitate your finding the right one. You will need to access this information in order to complete your semester project report (journal article) due in final form this semester.

The microbiology club (Sierra College Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology) is meeting in S-114 at 2:00 this semester. If you are excited about microbiology and would like to learn more under non-threatening circumstances (no grades involved), come join this group!

Please read the comments provided by students previously enrolled in Microbiology (Bio. Sci. 4). These are an excellent source of information from a student perspective. Read also "Thoughts about Student Success" as these should be taken seriously.

Your laboratory instructor's version of the Microbiology Laboratory Syllabus/Manual is available on this website. This manual is provided electronically as a series of sections and is similar to Sasha Warren's version available in print through the Sierra College bookstore. Successful completion of this class requires that you read/use the lab manual.

Important email reminder:
if you are a currently enrolled microbiology student, please use my exclusive, class "" email address (see class syllabus information) to contact me instead of the "" address listed elsewhere. Thank you!

Web-based Learning Support Tools:

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Class Syllabus Information (Schedules, etc.)

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Bio. 4 Lecture Notes

Bio. 4 Lecture Syllabus

Bio. 4 Laboratory Syllabus

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Web-based Laboratory Assignments

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Study Guide (Questions and Answers)

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Current Quiz and Exam Keys

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Progress Reports (Grade sheets)

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Laboratory Visuals:

Photomicrographs (feb2016)

Illustrations and Diagnostic Tests

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Microbiology Laboratory

Microscope Images: Image 1 - Image 2

Environmental (Field) Microbiology

Additional Study Aids

Bio. Sci. Dept. Study Techniques

Links to other Microbiology/Biology Web sites

If I can do this, you can succeed at Microbiology, too!


Did you know? Orchids of various types
form symbiotic relationships with fungi (mycorrhizae).

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