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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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BIO 113 - General Biology II

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is one of a two-semester sequence that introduces students to all major concepts within the scope of modern biology. This course is intended for students majoring in science. Topics covered include biotechnology, microorganisms, plant and animal evolution, comparative animal anatomy, and ecology. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experiences that reinforce the lecture material. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in any/all types of careers. This course will also help students gain scientific literacy which will be of vital significance when making important life decisions. Three hours lecture, two hours lab.

Prerequisites: BIO-112 with a “C” grade or better
Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Material Fee/IAM: $70.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will evaluate the theory of evolution.

2. Students will interpret the structure and function of living systems.

3. Students will examine information flow, exchange, and storage within a living system.

4. Students will compare and contrast pathways and transformations of energy and matter within living systems.

5. Students will evaluate emergent properties of living systems at various levels.

Unit Objectives: 

     Unit 1: Biotechnology

          Objective 1: Describe the steps involved in cloning and recombinant DNA

          Objective 2: Identify the benefits of genetically modified organisms and products

          Objective 3: List some applications for gene therapy.

     Unit 2: Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaea

          Objective 1: Identify the basic structure and characteristics of viruses

          Objective 2: Describe viral reproduction

          Objective 3: Differentiate between prions and viroids

          Objective 4: Describe the structural and nutritional features of bacteria

          Objective 5: Discuss the ways prokaryotes and eukaryotes differ

     Unit 3: Protist Evolution and Diversity

          Objective 1: Evaluate the endosymbiotic theory in relation to eukaryotes

          Objective 2: Identify the eukaryotic Supergroups and their distinguishing characteristics

     Unit 4: Fungi Evolution and Diversity

          Objective 1: Describe the characteristics of the major phyla of fungi

          Objective 2: Differentiate between the different fungal body structures

          Objective 3: Describe some key roles fungi play in ecological interactions and human health

     Unit 5: Plant Evolution and Diversity

          Objective 1: Discuss the common features of plants, including alternation of generations

          Objective 2: Discuss the origins and evolutionary history of plants.

          Objective 3: Compare the structure and function roots, stems, and leaves

          Objective 4: Distinguish between sexual and asexual reproductive strategies of plants

     Unit 6: Animal Evolution and Diversity

          Objective 1: Describe the common characteristics and evolutionary history of animals

          Objective 2: Describe general characteristics of the major phyla of animals

          Objective 3: Describe the basic characteristics of invertebrates and vertebrates

     Unit 7: Comparative Animal Biology

          Objective 1: Distinguish between organisms with and without a circulatory system

          Objective 2: Contrast the innate immune system with the adaptive immune system

          Objective 3: Compare the incomplete versus the complete digestive tracts

          Objective 4: Distinguish among ventilation, external respiration, and internal respiration

          Objective 5: Distinguish between the nervous systems of invertebrates and vertebrates

          Objective 6: Describe how the endocrine system regulates via hormones and organs

          Objective 7: Distinguish between the human male and female reproductive systems

     Unit 8: Ecology and Conservation

          Objective 1: List the levels of biological hierarchy used in ecology

          Objective 2: Differentiate exponential population growth from logistic growth.

          Objective 3: Identify how the interactions among species organize a community

          Objective 4: Describe the value of biodiversity

          Objective 5: Describe ways in which humans threaten earth’s biodiversity

          Objective 6: Identify conservation techniques.


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