Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

BIO 111 - General Biology I

To give non-science majors a working foundation of biology using principles of evolution and ecology as unifying themes.  Topics include a working nature of science, evolution, and ecology including current environmental problems.  Evolutionary processes and ecological adaptations will be illustrated by local successional patterns and diversity of trees.  The laboratory includes physically demanding field trips.  Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities.

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of evolution and natural selection to explain the unity and diversity of life.
  2. Field identify 40 trees common to the northeastern forest community.
  3. Using examples - list, discuss, and compare the various ecological levels of life on our planet and how human activities are placing these in danger.
  4. Identify the general patterns of succession in our local area and their connection to ecology and historical land usage.
  5. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling; and application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.