Biology 1407
Biology for Science Majors II

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Information
    1. Lecture-- The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes.  Laboratory activities will reinforce study of the diversity and classification of life, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals.
    2. Lab—The required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
    3. Co-requisite: MATH 1314 or its equivalent.
    4. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
    2. Describe and distinguish between phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
    3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
    4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
    5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
    6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends
    7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
    8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
    9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The Chapter Test and Final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taken their proctored tests and exam.
    3. All Chapter Tests and the comprehensive Lab and Lecture Final Exams are timed.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. 10 multiple-choice quizzes
    2. 4 current science article write-ups and associated class discussion
    3. 10 total lab assignments
    4. 3 non-cumulative multiple-choice chapter tests
    5. 1 cumulative multiple-choice final exam
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Biology in Focus, 2nd Edition by Urry, et al. - ISBN – 0-321-96275-3
    2. Lab materials are provided
  6. Grading Breakdown
    1. Articles……………………...…...15%
    2. Quizzes…………………………..10%
    3. Lab………………………………..30%
    4. Chapter Tests…………….….…..25%
    5. Final Exam……………………..…20%
  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following
    1. Campus Calendar
    2.  Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  8. Course Content

    Chapters Covered

    Sections Covered

    Chapter 24 – Early Life and the Diversification of Prokaryotes

    Prokaryotic cell structures, unique metabolic adaptations, reproduction methods, prokaryotic evolution, environmental role of prokaryotes

    Chapter 25 – The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes

    Eukaryotic origins, development of multicellularity, eukaryotic classification, protists

    Chapter 26 – The Colonization of Land

    Origin of plants, fungi, plant classifications, land plant adaptations, plant and fungal environmental roles

    Chapter 27 – The Rise of Animal Diversity

    Origin of animals, Cambrian Explosion, radiative evolution, vertebrate evolution, land animal adaptations, amniote evolution, environmental effects of animals

    Chapter 28 – Plant Structure and Growth

    Plant organs, plant cells, cell differentiation, primary growth, secondary growth

    Chapter 29 – Resource Acquisition, Nutrition, and Transport in Vascular Plants

    Key adaptations for resource acquisition, substance transport, root function, symbiotic relationships, water movement, transpiration, sugar movement

    Chapter 30 – Reproduction and Domestication of Flowering Plants

    Unique structures of angiosperms, flowering plant reproduction, genetic engineering

    Chapter 31 – Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals

    Plant hormones, plant response to light, plant response to other stimuli, plant defenses

    Chapter 32 – The Internal Environment of Animals: Organization and Regulation

    Animal homeostasis, feedback control, osmoregulation, kidney function

    Chapter 33 – Animal Nutrition

    Animal energy needs, food processing, digestive organs, digestive system adaptations, regulation of digestion

    Chapter 34 – Circulation and Gas Exchange

    Types of circulatory system, mammalian circulatory system, artery and vein function, components of blood, gas exchange organs, mechanics of breathing

    Chapter 35 – The Immune System

    Innate immunity, adaptive immunity

    Chapter 36 – Reproduction and Development

    Asexual reproduction, adaptations for sexual reproduction, reproductive organs, reproduction regulation in mammals, embryology

    Chapter 37 – Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling

    Neuron structure, action and resting potential, synapse function

    Chapter 38 – Nervous and Sensory Systems

    Regions of the brain, brain function, sensory function, special senses

    Chapter 39 – Motor Mechanisms and Behavior

    Muscle structure and function, behavioral integration, learning, evolutionary explanations of diverse behavior

    Chapter 40 – Population Ecology and the Distribution of Organisms

    Climate and terrestrial biomes, aquatic biomes, organismal interactions, population growth models, life history traits

    Chapter 41 – Species Interactions

    Intercommunal interactions, trophic structures, species diversity, biogeographic factors

    Chapter 42 – Ecosystems and Energy

    Laws of energy flow, primary production, energy transfer, nutrient and water cycling

    Chapter 43 – Global Ecology and Conservation Biology

    Human impacts on biodiversity, population conservation, human impacts on Earth, climate change, human population concerns, sustainable development



Last Modified: January 16, 2017