Biology Lab, Portsmouth Campus at TCC
Welcome to the Biology Lab
Rooms B205 and B206 house the General Biology 101 and 102
Rooms B209 and B214 house the Anatomy and Physiology 141 and 142
Room B213 houses the Microbiology 150
Room B215 houses the Foundations of Biology 01 and Basic Human Biology 100
Laboratory Manager – Chandria Mitchell
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BIOLOGY LABS
Labs are a required part of the biology courses at TCC. Attendance at all laboratory sessions and completion of all laboratory activities, assignments, quizzes, and practicals are required. Students are expected to take full advantage of their scheduled lab times. It is to your advantage to miss a minimum of lab instruction. Quizzes, graded exercises, practical examinations missed due to absences in the laboratory can only be made up by attending another lab session the same week.
Laboratory Practical Examinations must be taken during the scheduled times. These require much time and preparation to set up and administer and cannot be left up beyond the period in which they are given. They cannot be excused, nor can they be made up.
If you must miss a lab session, it is your responsibility to:
- Try to attend another lab session the same week. Make up sessions must be arranged in advance with your lab instructor.
- To find out and learn the material that was covered in the lab you missed and be prepared for the next lab session.
A student may be withdrawn from Biology courses when the instructor determines that absences constitute unsatisfactory attendance. Unsatisfactory attendance in the Biology Labs is defined as absences in excess of twenty percent of the scheduled instructional time (missing more than 3 labs).
Your instructor will announce days and times when the lab is available for extra study time. Because of limited space and many sections to accommodate these times may vary. Sometimes there may be a Saturday before a practical when the lab is available. Remember to take advantage of the generosity of volunteering instructor or there may not be another opportunity.
No food or beverages are allowed in the labs at any time.
No children or guests are allowed in the labs at any time.
Specific instructions and safety precautions for handling bacteria (BIO 150) and human bones and tissue (BIO 141 & 142) will be provided by your lab instructor.
WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER EACH LAB!
MATERIALS SAFETY DATA SHEETS are available in all labs.
LAB EQUIPMENT AND MODELS
Handle all lab equipment and models with care. Remember that your tax dollars buy this stuff!!
Keep your work area neat, clean, and organized at all times.
Leave the lab clean and orderly as another lab section will be using it shortly after you leave.
- Wash all glassware, dissecting equipment, slides you have made, etc. and return them to their proper place.
- Wipe off any spills on the lab tables.
- Return unused supplies in their proper places.
- Return all slides to their proper trays.
- Return all models to their proper places. Ensure the correct parts are matched with their models.
Take care of our microscopes. They are high quality equipment and can be easily damaged.
Sign up for a microscope and use the same microscope each lab session.
Always carry the microscope with two hands.
Follow directions given by your instructor for use.
When putting away a microscope:
- Remove the slide from the stage.
- Clean the objective and ocular lenses. If oil was used, clean oil off of the slides and the microscope stage.
- Place scanning (4X) objective in place.
- Wrap the cord loosely around the base.
- Replace the dust cover.
- Return the microscope to its proper storage location with the number facing out.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO KEEP THE LABS IN ORDER.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THE BIOLOGY LABS.