Goal 6-BIOL 101

For my science general education course, I took an Honors section of Biology 101. I waited a long time to be able to take BIOL 101 and I am so glad that I finally had the chance to take it and it was an Honors section. While I am an art major, science is one of my other biggest academic passions, and I knew I had to take a class in the Biology department before leaving Longwood since my mom is a professor there. I didn’t take this class with my mom, though; I had Dr. Shanle who is a fun and engaging teacher. One of my favorite parts of the class was the experiments that we were able to perform. I especially enjoyed the experiment in which we examined the DNA of everyday foods to look for the presence of GMOs. While our experiment ultimately had incomplete results, we learned a great deal about GMOs, the debate that surrounds them, and the use of all sorts of scientific processes from polymerase chain reactions to gel electrophoresis. Performing this experiment showed that it’s not just about the results; the process and what you learn from it can be even more important for learning than the end product. I’ve attached the Honors poster that my group and I created for the poster session to showcase our experiment and what we learned from it.