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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 211
COURSE TITLE: Organisms in their Environment
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Vern Peters
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: Organisms of all the major groups are affected by their environment and exert their influence on their environment and on each other. Topics will include a description of these relationships, of their development over time, and of theories of evolutionary development of these organisms.

Students with credit in BIOL 261 or BIOL 262 cannot receive credit in BIOL 211.

Prerequisites: Biology 30 or Science 30 (Students who intend to use Science 30 as a prerequisite must consult with and have the consent of the instructor.)
REQUIRED TEXTS:
    • Campbell Biology Canadian Edition, Pearson Canada Inc., 2014
    • Vanderwel, W. and Cook, H. Biology 211 Laboratory Manual. 2017-2018.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterm I 17.5%
Midterm II 17.5%
Final Exam 35%
Laboratory Exercises and Lab Exams 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To investigate the diversity and interrelationships among the major multi-celled groups of organisms and the physical environment.
  • To familiarize students with the theories of evolutionary development of these organisms, and implications for the study of biology.
  • To provide the foundation for further study in the disciplines of ecology, zoology, botany, and conservation biology.
  • To learn to evaluate scientific facts and theories critically
  • To learn to critically appreciate our role as stewards of the creation.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • I.  PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY
    • Descent with Modification
    • Evolution of Populations
    • The Origin of Species
    • The History of Life on Earth
  • II. THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
    • Phylogeny and the Tree of Life
    • Procaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea
    • Eucaryotes:  Protists
    • A. THE PLANT KINGDOM
      • Plant Development
      • Plants: Conifers are Cool
      • Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology
      • Plant Structure and Growth
    • B. THE FUNGAL KINGDOM
      • Fungi
    • C.  THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
      • Animal Diversity
      • Animals: Invertebrates
      • Animals: Vertebrates
      • Animals: Homeostasis and Nutrition
      • Animals: Osmoregulation and Excretion
      • Animal Development
  • II.   ECOLOGY
    • Ecology:  Introduction and Biomes
    • Ecology: Populations
    • Ecology: Communities


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