BIOLOGY 1409 -
Biology for Non-Science Majors II

Western Texas College
  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Lecture-- This course will provide a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology.  Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology.
    2. Co-requisite: None
    3. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe and define modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
    2. Describe 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. 10. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  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 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:  Essential Biology by Simon, Reece, Dickey 6th edition - ISBN – 9780133917789
      B. 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: Please refer to the WTC Course 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. ADA Statement
  8. Course Content

Chapters Covered

Sections Covered

Chapter 11 – How Genes are Controlled

How genes are regulated, information flow in the cell, therapeutic and reproductive cloning, genetic basis of cancers

Chapter 12 – DNA Technology

Genetic engineering, bioinformatics, ethical questions of GE

Chapter 13 – How Populations Evolve

Classification systems, explanation of evolution, evolution evidence, natural selection, evolution of populations

Chapter 14 – How Biological Diversity Evolves

Origin of species, earth history and macroevolution, mechanisms of macroevolution, phylogenies

Chapter 15 – The Evolution of Microbial Life

Origin of life, prokaryotic evolution, protists

Chapter 16 – The Evolution of Plants and Fungi

Terrestrial plant adaptations, plant diversity, fungal evolution and function

Chapter 17 – The Evolution of Animals

Origin of animals, invertebrate evolution and diversity, vertebrate evolution and diversity, human evolution

Chapter 18 – And Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere

Environmentalism, abiotic factors of Earth, types of biomes, climate change

Chapter 19 – Population Ecology

Measures of population ecology, survivorship curves, population growth models, conservation of endangered species, invasive species, trends in human population growth, human impacts

Chapter 20 – Communities and Ecosystems

Genetic diversity, species diversity, ecosystem diversity, interspecific interactions, energy flow, chemical cycling, conservation biology

 

 

Last Modified: January 16, 2017