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.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
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) Recommended
The Living World
By Johnson, G. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
By Campbell, N. & Reese, J. (Benjamin Cummings) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe and illustrate the core principles of natural selection and evolution.
Apply the biological species concept and give examples of how new species arise.
Using taxonomic hierarchy, name the major taxonomic groups of life and list defining characteristics of each.
List characteristics used to describe populations and describe population growth patterns.
Outline the major biogeochemical cycles and illustrate energy movement in an ecosystem.
Compare characteristics of major biomes and aquatic ecosystems.
Describe how species interact at the community level and list the effects of these interactions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Evolution and natural selection
Survey of organisms
Ecology and ecosystems
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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.