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Biology: Principles of Biology

BIOL 002 Z1 (CRN: 60051)

4 Credit Hours

About BIOL 002 Z1

Principles of organismal biology; nature of scientific inquiry, plant form and function, pollination ecology, animal phylogeny illustrated by comparative anatomy and physiology; animal behavior. Credit not given for both BIOL 002 and BCOR 012.


Dates: June 18 - July 13, 2018; Must register for a BIOL 002 ZL1 Lab; Post Bac Pre Med students are encouraged to enroll in the BCOR 11 and BCOR 12 course sections this summer

Section Description

Biology is the study of life. This course explores the biology of organisms, focusing on plants and animals. Additionally, we examine the processes that lead to the amazing array of creatures we see on earth and the ways in which organisms interact with each other. Questions we investigate include: What systems and processes allow organisms to sense their environments, communicate signals, and carry out responses required for survival? How do new species arise? How do scientists piece together evolutionary relationships? In what ways do an organism's genetic makeup and environment influence its behavior? How do organisms interact with members of their own and other species? Understanding how we unravel the mysteries of living things is as important as understanding what we currently know about the world around us. Therefore, we start the semester exploring how scientific analyses are carried out, building knowledge that will allow you to examine, critique, and develop analyses. The scientific process is a running theme in the course, and for many topics we'll apply an understanding of the scientific process to explore analyses that have led to our current understanding.

Section Expectation

• Apply your knowledge of the scientific process to construct hypotheses and predictions, and to design. • Describe how plants and animals sense their environments and how signals are communicated within an organism. • Explain the evolutionary processes that lead to new species, and be able to interpret evolutionary relationships. • Explain how an organism’s genetic makeup and environment shape its behavior. • Describe factors that affect population growth and how populations of different species interact in communities. • Apply your analytical skills to solve scientific puzzles.




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