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Difference between bio 101-102/ 103-104/ 105-106/ 109-110

sillyrabbitsillyrabbit Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2007 in Cornell University
Does anyone know the difference between these courses.
ie. which one is easier, which is better for pre-med, what do advisors look at as a guide for placement?

and if you got a 4/5 on the bio AP do you still have to take bio as a pre-med student?
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Replies to: Difference between bio 101-102/ 103-104/ 105-106/ 109-110

  • fudgemasterfudgemaster Posts: 836Registered User Member
    bio101-102 is lecture, 2 credits each
    bio103-104 is the lab, 2 credits each (usually a corequisite of 101-102)

    105-106 is an autotutorial course that includes the lab, 4 credits each

    109-110 is bio for nonmajors. It doesn't fulfill the premed requirement.

    So either take 101-104 or 105-106
  • fudgemasterfudgemaster Posts: 836Registered User Member
    If you get a 4, you need to take one semester of bio, but if you got a 5, you can skip the bio requirement although it is recommended that you can an upper level bio course.
  • sillyrabbitsillyrabbit Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
    i think they messed up my schedule
    i'm pre med and in human development and 1. they gave me bio 109 which is not appropriate for premed and 2. they didn't give me chem which is needed for premed

    so say i'm in bio 109- will i still be in bio 109 for second semester or will it change to bio 101-104 or 105-106?
  • AnbuItachiAnbuItachi Posts: 1,345Registered User Senior Member
    what is bio 001?
  • norcalguynorcalguy Posts: 7,541Registered User Senior Member
    Bio 001 is just a review course for Bio 101-104.

    As a premed, you should take either Bio 101-104 or Bio 105-106. They are equivalent. Ask to switch to one of those courses.

    Damn, there are a lot of premeds on this board.
  • fudgemasterfudgemaster Posts: 836Registered User Member
    00 (Double O) courses are for pass/fail. They usually meet once a week for an hour or two, during which a lecturer goes over the material covered in the course (bio/chem/orgo... etc.) from the previous week. There's really no benefit of signing up for the course except it might force you to go to them since you are required to go to a certain number of lectures to earn a passing mark. You can attend these review sessions without signing up for the course.
  • AnbuItachiAnbuItachi Posts: 1,345Registered User Senior Member
    aww they automatically gave it to me..
  • sillyrabbitsillyrabbit Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
    can someone tell me what the autotutorial classes are like?
  • RedcometRedcomet Posts: 103Registered User Junior Member
    hmm, so if I get a 5 I can just take like a random higher level bio course later on? sweet action.
  • fudgemasterfudgemaster Posts: 836Registered User Member
    Not really a random higher level bio course. It's a good idea to take courses that would actually help you on the MCAT, like biochemistry or maybe anatomy/physiology. It's also recommended that you take a lab too. I've known some people to take the microbio lecture with the lab in lieu of taking intro bio.


    Sillyrabbit, autotutorial Bio basically consists of weekly lectures. The course is divided into units. At the end of each unit, you have to take a multiple choice quiz as well as an oral exam to demonstrate that you have mastered the material in the unit. There are deadlines for the units but they can be postponed. Everyone is given a few "wildcards" at the beginning of the semester that allows one to extend the deadline for a unit by one day. There are also two big lab reports that you have to write for the course.

    Most people just take the traditional lecture over the autotutorial because I think they are the same course. The median grades for the two courses are usually the same or very similar from year to year. If you cannot study by yourself or you need someone to explain concepts to you, I would take 101-104. If you haven't taken AP Bio, I don't think I would take autotutorial. I'm guessing that most people that take the autotutorial course have had previous exposure to biology in high school.
  • norcalguynorcalguy Posts: 7,541Registered User Senior Member
    There are lectures in autotutorial bio? I thought the point of autotutorial is that you'll have to teach yourself.
  • fudgemasterfudgemaster Posts: 836Registered User Member
    Got this from the website

    http://www.cornell.edu/academics/docs/Courses_of_Study_0708.pdf

    "BIO G 105–106(1105–1106) Introductory
    Biology
    105, fall; 106, spring. 4 credits each
    semester; 2 credits by permission of
    instructor. Limited to 200 students. Taking
    105–106 in sequence preferred but not
    required. May not be taken for credit after
    BIO G 101–104 or 109–110. No admittance
    after first week of classes. First lec of fall
    semester R Aug. 23, 9:05; additional study
    and lab. D. Campbell.
    Designed primarily for biology majors,
    preprofessionals, and other students who
    desire a challenging, broad introduction to
    fundamental concepts of biology. Cell biology,
    physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry are
    strongly emphasized in the fall semester. The
    spring semester covers genetics, development,
    ecology, evolution, behavior, and the diversity
    of organisms. Students who plan to
    concentrate in anatomy and physiology
    should consider taking this course because of
    the strong emphasis on organismal biology.
    Because some testing involves the use of
    predissected specimens, students who object
    to dissections should take BIO G 101–104.
    The course uses an autotutorial format and
    offers considerable flexibility in scheduling.
    Completion of the course requires mastery of
    a group of core units. Testing on these units is
    primarily by oral examination. Students who
    elect to take the course must be able to meet
    deadlines. Four formal laboratory sessions are
    offered each semester; additional laboratory
    work is included in the core units. Evaluation
    is based on written reports on experimental
    work, practical exams, and a comprehensive
    final exam."

    There probably isn't a weekly lecture other than the first one during which the professor introduces the course. Personally, I didn't take the autotutorial version.
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