BIOL 102 - Introductory Biology II

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


Credits:  4


Hours: 90 (Lecture Hours: 45;  Laboratory Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15


Biology 11 or Biology 12
OR permission of the instructor.
Chemistry 11 is recommended.


Non-Course Prerequisites:



Course Content:
- Mitosis, cell division, meiosis
- Plant and animal reproduction
- Mendelian genetics
- Biotechnology
- Viral and bacterial reproduction
- Development
Adaptation and Evolution
- Natural selection
- Speciation
- Macroevolution
- Biodiversity
- 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 are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.