Details in college biology classes

Wilson Crone cronewil at
Thu May 17 08:48:51 EST 2001

I agree with Dave H.'s comments about TCA cycle intermediates and forgetting
about other (dare I say, organismal?) issues.  At last count, I memorized the
cycle in seven different classes, but even as I sit here and type this, I
couldn't tell you the whole cycle.  At the community college, I am trying to get
students to think about biological situations rather than to expect them all to
be biology majors, particularly being in a service department without them.
Otherwise, as Dave said, it sounds like a situation of sitting down and
determining the goals/outcomes of the introductory classes within the context of
the whole department.   Given the increasing chemical/molecular basis of
biology, we may be needing to treat intro biol more like a chemistry course with
problem sets, lab experimentation, etc. anyhow.   Bill Crone, HVCC Biology

Wilson Crone
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-7439 (voice), 8134/8025 (fax)
cronewil at


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