Mar 31, 2023
BI 102E - General Biology-Animal Biology4 Credit(s)
Students learn the physiology and function of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals. Topics: evolution of unique adaptations, comparative anatomy. Activities: lab, lecture, discussion, computer/Web use. Relevant issues: endangered species, habitat loss, pollution, conservation.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Apply scientific inquiry to biological sciences.
- Describe the steps involved in scientific inquiry and distinguish between a hypothesis and a theory.
- Make a flow chart and describe the evolution of vertebrate animals: from cell to tissue to organ to organ system.
- Accurately describe, illustrate, and explain the structure and function of different tissue types found in vertebrate animals.
- Model homeostasis and demonstrate both positive and negative feedback loops in biological systems found in vertebrate animals.
- Apply generalized models of homeostasis to new situations found in vertebrate animals.
- Accurately describe, illustrate and explain the anatomy and physiology of at least 3 of the following 7 organ systems found in Vertebrate Animals: nutrients, circulation, gas exchange, reproduction and development, signaling, defense, support and locomotion.
- Compare and contrast how the above systems work in Vertebrate Animals.
- Evaluate and critique scientific information from various sources for reliability and validity (journals, magazines, newspapers, television, and the internet.
- Analyze and evaluate Case studies of Vertebrate Animals as they relate to problems with their physiological needs.
- Engage in logical methodology and communicate via mathematical and graphical models.
- Describe the phylogenetic relationships among organisms and arrange them on a phylogenetic tree.
- Describe natural selection and speciation and be able to describe the evolution of a novel trait/species.
- Relate the structure of phylogenetic trees to the history of biological evolution.
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