Bi 1 | The Great Ideas of Biology


Biological processes take place at length scales ranging from that of individual protein molecules all the way to the algal blooms or rainforests that can be seen from space, and over a dizzying nearly 30 orders of magnitude in time scales. This course will start by examining the biology of processes such as how plants and animals colonize oceanic islands, and the physics of how animals such as wildebeest form giant herds during their year-long migration. With these wonders of the living world revealed, we will then seek to understand biological phenomena by thinking about genes and cells.

Where and When?

Each week will consist of two lectures, one recitation, and one computational tutorial. Office hours will also be held throughout. See the course policies for general information.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place in Chen 100.


Day Time
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:25pm
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:25pm


Day Time TAs
Monday 9:00am - 9:55am Adele & Kian
Monday 5:00pm - 5:55pm Maggie & Rosalind
Tuesday 12:00pm - 12:55pm Katelyn & Matticus
Tuesday 5:00pm - 5:55pm Anna & Gabby
Tuesday 6:00pm - 6:55pm Sam & Victor
Wednesday 9:00am - 9:55am Makena & Maria
Wednesday 5:00pm - 5:55pm David & Gabe

Office Hours

Day Time TA Location
Monday 10:00am - 11:00am Adele Chen 100
Monday 3:00pm - 4:00pm Katelyn SFL Group Study Room 326
Monday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Victor Hameetman Club Room 2
Monday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Rosalind Chen 100
Tuesday 11:00am - 12:00pm Makena Hameetman Club Room 2
Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Gabby Chen 130
Wednesday 10:00am - 11:00am Sam Hameetman Conference Room
Wednesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm Matticus Hameetman Club Room 2
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pm Kian Broad 156
Wednesday 3:00pm - 4:00pm Anna Kerckhoff 101
Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Gabe Chen Breezeway
Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm David Chen Breezeway
Friday 9:00am - 10:00am Maria Chen Breezeway
Friday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Maggie Chen 322