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.
Must register for a BIOL 002 lab, Z01-Z18; $30 fee - BIOL 002 supply fee; Post Bac Pre Med & CDE students only even after level restrictions removed; Degree students register for BIOL 002 B; Maximum combined enrollment: 168
Biology is the study of life. In this course, we explore 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.
Classes for this course will be run remotely, meeting via Teams on the days/times indicated in the Registrar’s schedule. Each class will include various opportunities to participate. Labs will be run in person for students who are on campus; students who chose the at home option will enroll in an asynchronous online section. The activities and assignments will be similar for the in-person and online labs, with students in the online lab section collecting data from videos/photos. Information regarding required course materials will be distributed via email approximately two weeks before classes start.
Assessments will include weekly homeworks, participation in live online classes, exams (4), and lab-related assignments
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