Katie Burgess

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Class Format

Face-to-face sections - BIOL 121: Intro to Biology course utilizes a traditional lecture format.  Lecture focuses on basic biology principles and also relates biology to real life situations.  Biology laboratories allow a high level of interaction and practice of biological principles.

Online sections- BIOL 225: Human Physiology is conducted online via D2L and MasteringAandP.com. Each week has a specific topic outline, discussion prompt, HW assignment, lab assignment, and quiz.  All exams are proctored in the JCCC Testing Center.

Resource Use

Textbooks - In BIOL 121, the textbook serves to supplement the lecture and provide a resource for students to study outside of class.  Practice problems and figures are also located in the text. The online sections of BIOL 225 rely heavily on the textbook.  Additionally, MasteringAandP.com and Interactive Physiology CD are used as interactive resources.

Online homework is given in all courses as a mechanism to practice assessment.


BIOL121: 4 unit exams (10% each), comprehensive final (15%), lecture and lab quizzes (15%), lab practicals (15%), and other assignments (15%)
BIOL225: 5 unit exams (10% each), comprehensive final (15%), online quizzes (15%), discussions (5%), lab assignments (10%), and HW assignments (5%)

Homework Policy

BIOL121: HW is mainly conducted on D2L with your lowest HW grade dropped.
BIOL225: HW is conducted via MasteringAandP.com and includes instructional tutorials and videos.

Attendance Policy

BIOL121: Attendance is highly recommended for lab and lecture as poor attendance strongly correlates with poor class performance.
BIOL 225: Students should plan to participate and log in to Desire2Learn 3-4 days a week.


I am available before and after class for questions or concerns. I check email on a regular basis and encourage students to contact me that way. For online students, phone appointments are always available.