Mar 31, 2023
BI 103A - General Biology-Birds of Oregon4 Credit(s)
Students learn classification, evolution, ecology, and adaptations with emphasis on Oregon birds and their behaviors. Bird identification is practiced on field trips. Current issues: endangered species, climate change and effects of humans on bird populations.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply scientific inquiry to biological sciences.
- Describe the steps involved in scientific inquiry and distinguish between a hypothesis and a theory.
- Evaluate and critique scientific information from various sources (journals, magazines, newspapers, television, the internet) for scientific reliability and validity.
- Discuss, describe and explain the concept of evolution as a theory and as a fact, that can be investigated using scientific inquiry.
- Describe, evaluate, and demonstrate how selective advantages guided and influenced the evolution of a particular species.
- Describe natural selection and speciation and be able to describe the evolution of a novel trait or particular species/group.
- Describe the taxonomy and classification of various groups of organisms and apply this process to Avian examples.
- Describe the ecosystem roles of organisms, populations and communities and apply this concept to Avian examples.
- Describe and Diagram the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems and apply this concept to Avian examples.
- Apply in class terminology, identification skills, and knowledge to an outdoor setting with respect to Avian species.
- Relate patterns of population growth and climate change to ecosystem dynamics and apply this concept to Avian examples.
- Define sustainable resources use and describe how humans in ecosystems have caused Avian species to become endangered and/or extinct.
- Make accurate measurements and be proficient at using biological tools such as microscopes.
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