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Blinn College to offer Saturday biology courses in Spring 2018

Saturday courses offer greater scheduling flexibility, convenience for students

October 25, 2017

The Blinn College-Bryan Campus will offer biology students additional scheduling flexibility and convenience with four Saturday course sections during the Spring 2018 semester.

Blinn will offer BIOL 1308: Biology for Non-Science Majors I, BIOL 1406: Biology for Science Majors I, BIOL 1407: Biology for Science Majors II, and BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology I on Saturdays during the upcoming semester. Biology for Non-Science Majors I is a traditional, face-to-face course, while the other three courses are a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction.

“These Saturday courses allow students greater flexibility in developing their Spring schedules, and are especially convenient for students with limited availability Monday through Friday,” said Dr. Elmer Godeny, Dean of Blinn College’s Division of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.

Biology for Non-Science Majors I is a lecture-only course that meets from 12:10-3:10 p.m. on Saturdays. The course covers biological principles with an emphasis on chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.

Biology for Science Majors I is a blended course in which the lecture material is covered via online coursework, and laboratory work is completed from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Students learn the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Lab activities are designed to reinforce lecture topics.

Biology for Science Majors II also is blended, with the online portion covering the lecture material and the classroom portion of the course dedicated to lab time. The course meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and covers the diversity and classification of life, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and the evolution of plants and animals.

In Anatomy and Physiology I, students cover the lecture material online and conduct labs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The course is a study of the structure and function of the human body, with an emphasis on the interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions. The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human systems and basic physiology.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 34.2 percent ranks second in the state and far exceeds the statewide average of 21.1 percent. Blinn students who take 30 credit hours during the 2017-18 academic year will save $3,717, or 42 percent, compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

In addition to Blinn’s low tuition and fees, the Blinn College Foundation offers more than 200 endowed scholarships available to incoming and returning students from a wide range of backgrounds, majors, and experiences. Blinn students and prospective students also can register for external scholarships and participate in grant programs.

Registration for the Spring 2018 semester is available through Monday, Jan. 15. College officials encourage early registration for convenient scheduling and placement in high-demand courses. Registration for Blinn’s Winter Minimester, which runs Dec. 15-22 and Jan. 3-10, is available through Thursday, Dec. 14. For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.