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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 112
Course Title: Principles of Biology II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A continuation of BIOL 110. Topics to be covered include population genetics, evolution and natural selection, taxonomy, survey of plants and animals, and ecology and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIOL 110. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 110.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in this course.

Concepts in Biology
By Enger, E. & Ross, F. (McGraw-Hill)
The Living World
By Johnson, G. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe and illustrate the core principles of natural selection and evolution.
  2. Apply the biological species concept and give examples of how new species arise.
  3. Using taxonomic hierarchy, name the major taxonomic groups of life and list defining characteristics of each.
  4. List characteristics used to describe populations and describe population growth patterns.
  5. Outline the major biogeochemical cycles and illustrate energy movement in an ecosystem.
  6. Compare characteristics of major biomes and aquatic ecosystems.
  7. Describe how species interact at the community level and list the effects of these interactions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Population genetics
  • Evolution and natural selection
  • Taxonomy
  • Survey of organisms
  • Ecology and ecosystems
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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Prepared by: Kent Strodtman Date: September 9, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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