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BIOL 102 - Introductory Biology II
BIOL 102

Introductory Biology emphasizing reproduction, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

Credits:  4

Hours:
  • Total Hours: 90
  • Lecture Hours: 45
  • Laboratory Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

Prerequisites: Biology 11 or Biology 12 or permission of the instructor; Chemistry 11 is recommended.

Course Content:
Reproduction
- mitosis, cell division, meiosis
- plant and animal reproduction
- Mendelian genetics
- biotechnology
- viral and bacterial reproduction
- development

Adaptation and Evolution
- natural selection
- speciation
- macroevolution
- biodiversity

Ecology
- community ecology
- ecosystems
- population ecology
- chemical ecology

10 Laboratories, topics selected from the following:
- Plant reproduction: Alternation of Generations
- Analysis of Sequence Data
- Genetics: Dihybrid Cross with Linkage in the Fruit Fly
- PCR and electrophoresis
- Mitosis and Meiosis
- Quantifying protein
- Transforming E. coli with GFP
- GFP purification
- Biodiversity: bacteria, algae and protists
- Biodiversity: fungi
- Biodiversity: Plot sampling and study design
- Biodiversity: Indices of Abundance
- Systematics and taxonomy (ants or moss)
- Population Ecology: density and dispersion measurements
- Community Ecology: disturbance, diversity and ecotones
- Game theory


Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn how scientific information is assimilated and integrated into testable hypotheses, and how the results of these investigations lead to theories. They will also learn a number of biological principles and laboratory techniques in the areas of reproduction, evolution and ecology. More specifically, after completing BIOL 102 students will:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various modes and mechanism of reproduction
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the emergent area of biotechnology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of phenomena associated with adaptation and evolution
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ecological perspectives in biology
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

 

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