Kate’s BIO 193 Archived Resources

Below are a bunch of resources that I think are helpful for BIO 193 students. If you have any questions come to an SI session or leave a comment below. You can also upload any of your helpful resources in the comment section!

About Me

Hello! Thank’s for checking out my blog. My name is Kate, I am a junior chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry/medicinal chemistry. I am completing my minors in biology and chemistry. I am also currently a pre-med student. I am actively involved on campus. I participate in undergraduate chemistry research and I am an executive board member of Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity on campus. Outside of school, I volunteer at a clinic that provides free medical care to the uninsured.

I’ve lived in Chicago for most of my life, so I am pretty familiar with the city. In my free time, I like to explore new places to eat around Chicago (Wicker Park has some of the best food places so far), and watch shows on Netflix.

This is my first year being an SI Leader. I took the General Biology sequence at DePaul during my freshman year and did pretty well so I am excited to share some of my knowledge and studying strategies with you! My goal this quarter is to help you better understand the material so you don’t answer test questions like this:


If you have any questions at all (BIO 193 related, on campus activities, being pre-med) please feel free to talk to me before/after class/SI sessions or email me at kategal7@gmail.com



Online Outlines/Note cards

One of the best things about General Biology is that there are thousands of people who have taken this course before you. I am a big believer in working smarter, not harder. This means that you should utilize the material that is readily available to you. The internet is a sea of resources. For example, our class text book (Campbell Biology) is a go to source for most professors so there are a lot of free material online that you can use. If you do not like reading the text book but need extra resources, information, there are free outlines available online to help you understand the course material better.

Additionally, there are free and pre-made notecards available that correlate with our textbook. I commute to school so when I took BIO 193 I would practice my notecards on my way to school.

Videos and Handouts

Chapter 29 Videos

Alternation of Generations

Videos are a good way to understand hard biology concepts—especially if you’re learning it for the first time! I’m a visual learning so videos have always been a good supplement to lecture power points.

The gymnosperm and angiosperm life cycles can get pretty dense and confusing. If you’re having trouble memorizing what occurs at which stage, check out these videos below. In class, we don’t really go over the text book diagrams so I thought it’d be helpful to have a video showing and explaining what occurs at each stage. The videos are pretty long, but you’ll get a much better understanding afterwards!

Double Fertilization

Double fertilziation can be one of the more confusing parts of the angiosperm life cylce. Since we watched  a longer video in class, it might be helpful to check out this shorter video for quick review


Crash Course Videos

Crash Course biology is a great way to understand what has  been going on in lecture up until Exam 1. It is a good way to get comprehensive overview of what has been going on in class


As we start our journey into the animal kingdom (goodbye plants!) , check out this great introduction to the most primitive animals.

Here are some helpful videos to help illustrate some of the phylas we’ve been talking about in class:


Practice Questions

Chapter 29

What is true of charophytes? A) They are the ancestors of green algae. B) They are examples of seedless vascular plants. C) They are the closest living algal relatives of land plants. D) They share some features in common with land plants, namely spores surrounded by sporopollenin and alternation of generations.


The following are all adaptations to life on land except A) rings of cellulose-synthesizing complexes. B) cuticles. C) tracheids. D) reduced gametophyte generation. E) seeds.




Which of the following is true of the life cycle of mosses? A) The haploid generation grows on the sporophyte generation. B) Spores are primarily distributed by water currents. C) Antheridia and archegonia are produced by gametophytes. D) The sporophyte generation is dominant. E) The growing embryo gives rise to the gametophyte



SI Session Summary

Week 6.2

  1. Types of animal body plan symmetry
    1. Asymmetry
    2. Radial
    3. Bilateral
  2.  Stages of animal development
    1. Zygote
    2. 8 Cell morula
    3. Blastula
    4. Gastrulation
  3. Tissues
    1. Diploblast
    2. Triploblast
  4. Body Cavities
    1. Aceolomate
    2. Pseudocoelomate
    3. Coelomate
  5.  Protostome vs Deuterostome development
    1. Cleavage
    2. Cell Fate
    3. Coelom Formation
    4. Fate of blastospore

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Week 7.1

  1. Porifera
    1. Tissues
    2. Symmetry
    3. Body Cavity
    4. Reproduction
  2. Cnidaria
    1. Tissues
    2. Symmetry
    3. Reproduction
    4. Body Cavity
  3. Platythelminthes
    1. Tissue
    2. Symmetry
    3. Reproduction
    4. Body Cavity

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Week 7.2

  1. Rotifer
    1. Tissues
    2. Symmetry
    3. Body Cavity
    4. Reproduction
  2. Ectoprocta
    1. Tissues
    2. Symmetry
    3. Reproduction
    4. Body Cavity
  3. Braciopods
    1. Tissue
    2. Symmetry
    3. Reproduction
    4. Body Cavity

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Week 8.1

  1. Mollusca (15 min)
    1. Class Polyplacophora
    2. Class Glastropods
    3. Class Bivalia
    4. Class Cephaloda
  2. Annelida (15 min)
    1. Repdocution
    2. Peristalsis
    3. Class Oligochaeta
    4. Class Polychaeta
    5. Class Hirundinea
  3. Nematoda (10 min)
    1. Characteristics
    2. C. Elegans
  4. Closed vs Open Circulatory systems

Week 8.2 Exam 2 Review Session

  1. Animal Diversity Work Sheet
    1. Porifera
    2. Ctenophora
    3. Cnidaria
    4. Platythelminthes
    5. Rotifera
    6. Ectoprocta
    7. Brachiopoda
    8. Mollusca
    9. Annelida
  2. Multiple Choice practice

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Week 9.1

  1. Anthropoda(15 min)
    1. Tissue
    2. Symmetry
    3. Digestive System
    4. Locomotion
    5. Reproduction
    6. Special Traits
  2. Echinodermata (15 min)
    1. Tissue
    2. Symmetry
    3. Digestive System
    4. Locomotion
    5. Reproduction
    6. Special Traits

Week 9.2

  1. Chordata (15 min)
    1. Notochord
    2. Muscular post anal tail
    3. Dorsal hollow nerve cord
    4. Pharyngeal Slits
  2. subphylum cephalochordata
    1. Digestion
    2. Habitat
  3. subphylum urochordata
    1. Habitat
    2. Digestion
    3. Evolution

Week 10.1

  1. Craniates
    1. Derived traits
    2. Myxini
    3. Traits
    4. Notochord
  2. Vertebrates 
    1. Derived traits
    2. Petromyzontida
    3. Notochord
    4. Digestion/eating
  3. Gathostomes 
    1. Derived Traits
    2. sharks, rays
    3. Habitat
    4. Anatomy
    5. Fertilization

      Week 10.2

      1. Derived traits of amniotes 
      2. Amniote egg + evolutionary importance 
      3. Derived characteristics of mammals 
      4. 3 Living lineages of mammals 
        1. monotremes
        2. marsupials
        3. eutherians

Final Review

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