BIOL 1409 - BIOLOGY FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS II

This course will provide a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology.  Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
  • Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  • Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
  • Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
  • Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
  • Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends.
  • Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  • Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  • Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 32.0