BIO 117 - Principles of Biology I
To give science majors a working foundation of biology and to prepare them for transfer to a four-year institution and upper level biology courses. The biological principles covered include, but not limited to, Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Evolution. The underlying themes of unity and diversity of living organisms will be used to amalgamate the topics covered. Scientific methodology will be emphasized in both laboratory and lecture using current publications to support discussion as well as developing and executing scientific experimentation.
The laboratory includes physically demanding field trips. Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities.
Prerequisite: High School Regents Biology and Regents Chemistry
3 Lecture Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of evolution to explain the unity and diversity of life.
- Field identify 40 trees common to the northeast forest community.
- Compare and contrast the hypotheses explaining the origin of life on earth.
- Perform ecological qualitative and quantitative analyses.
- Using examples - explain the concept of emergent properties from the molecular level to the level of the biosphere.
- Using examples - list, discuss, and compare the various ecological levels of life on our planet and how human activities are placing these in danger.
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