BIOL102 Biological Science II

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Biology

I. Course Number and Title
BIOL102 Biological Science II
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Level 3 or READ110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Math Level 5 or higher or MATH095 (C or better); Writing Level 4 or COMP090 (C or better). BIOL1O1 is recommended but not required.
V. Other Pertinent Information

Lecture-laboratory format to include in-class and/or online presentation of content material and participation in hands-on and/or virtual laboratory exercises. Topics are presented in various modes including, but not limited to, traditional lecture style, online presentation, group exercises, computer simulations, and/or online research.

This course does not meet the curriculum requirements for biology majors.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course explores aspects of life at the macroscopic, whole-organism level. Topics are ecology, taxonomy, a survey of plant and animal life forms, and an examination of major systems for both plants and animals, with emphasis on humans. This course does not meet the curriculum requirements for biology majors.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. describe the interactions between a biological community and its nonliving environment;
    2. express a fundamental understanding of the interactions occurring within and among organ systems of plants and animals, including humans, to sustain life; and
    3. recognize methods of classification (taxonomy) of all living organisms.

  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. ecology of populations and communities
    2. major ecosystems of the world
    3. the classification of organisms
    4. microorganisms: viruses, bacteria, and protists
    5. fungal life
    6. plant life
    7. plant structure and function
    8. animal life: invertebrates and chordates
    9. responsiveness: neural control
    10. internal transport
    11. gas exchange
    12. processing food and nutrition
    13. osmoregulation, the disposal of metabolic wastes
    14. endocrine regulation
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, laboratory exercises, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -3/99; Revised 6/09; Dept name change, 8/21/2012; New Core 8/2015