Catalog 2016-2017 
    
    May 22, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL& 212 Majors Animal

5 credits
Continuation of the three quarter majors biology series. Emphasis is placed on the evolution and biological diversity of animals; general principles of animal physiology, growth, and development; select animal systems; and how animal systems interact. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: BIOL& 211

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply scientific methodology to evaluate and draw conclusions about original and published data and experiments
  • Describe the theory of evolution through natural selection and identify and describe the scientific evidence used to support evolutionary theory
  • Identify and evaluate the factors responsible for evolution within a population (microevolution)
  • Define the term biological species and explain how new species emerge
  • Describe the macroevolutionary history of animal evolution and diversity
  • Describe how organisms are classified on the basis of evolutionary relationships using standard taxonomy and hierarchical phylogenetic trees
  • Identify the characteristics used to classify an organism as an animal, and compare and contrast the body plans and developmental characteristics of key animal phyla
  • Describe select major animal organ systems and physiological processes for diverse animal phyla, including homeostasis; nutrition and digestion; circulation; immunity; fluid balance; reproductive, sensory and motor systems
  • Use appropriate biological terms to provide oral and written explanations of scientific concepts and lab results
  • Safely implement laboratory procedures and methods, including comparative dissections and use of the scientific method to investigate animal biology topics
  • Observe, measure, record, and analyze data using standard scientific instrumentation and methods
  • Present lab data in graphical form, analyze and interpret results
  • Research course topics using various resources
  • Interpret scientific data through case studies