Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences 4 and 8A-B

Instructor: Harriet Wilson

Announcements as of Monday, May 25, 2020.

Happy memorial day and thank you for an exciting, fun-filled semester everyone; if you have some time free, would you please take a moment to complete the class evaluation provided here (Survey Monkey Class Evaluation). Exam scores are now posted (see below) and I plan to have the project reports graded within the next day or two. Thank you!

There is a new progress report posted and it includes grades up through the lecture final exam. Please check your scores and let me know if you find any errors. Thank you!

A recent Nova program entitled "Decoding Covid-19" is being broadcast on PBS. This is an excellent presentation touching on many recent topics in microbiology e.g., viruses, immune system function, ELISA application, etc. I recommend you watch it when you can. Please wear a mask to protect others; help lower the curve.

All lecture and laboratory presentation are now available on Canvas as PDF files. Please do not print these as they have black backgrounds and will use vast quantities of ink. Print the lecture notes if you wish and bring them to class.

While preparing for the spring semester, I sincerely encourage you to read the "Thoughts about Student Success" document available under "Class Syllabus Information" below. This information is poptentially helpful to those of you sincerely interested in improving your study skills. Many of you need to do this!

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 on Canvas only. We are engaged in a long-term research project (in partnership with UC Davis) in case any of you are interested.

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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