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A common complaint among instructors of introductory biology courses is the course covers too much material. Without a national consensus specifying which topics are essential, instructors are leery of excluding material. A survey was administered to Two-Year College and Four-Year College and University section members of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) to identify the topics and skills college and university biology instructors believe students completing introductory biology should know and comprehend. Analysis identified a strong consensus for twenty topics and seven skills that should be included in all year-long introductory college biology course sequences for majors.


Published as "A Proposal for a Common Minimal Topic Set in Introductory Biology Courses for Majors." American Biology Teacher 73, no. 1: 16-21 © 2011 by the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association.

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