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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 112L
Course Title: Principles of Biology II Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 112. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, BIOL 112 or concurrent enrollment.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, BIOL 112 or concurrent enrollment.
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 the course.

Biology: A Laboratory Guide to the Natural World
By Richardson, D .J. & Richardson, K. E. (Prentice Hall)
Laboratory Manual: Concepts in Biology
By Enger, E. & Ross, F. (McGraw-Hill)
Explorations in Basic Biology
By S. Gunstream (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of experimentation and measurement using exercises that complement topics covered in BIOL 112 lecture.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply the scientific method.
  • Differentiate between the modes of natural selection.
  • Apply the biological species concept.
  • List the taxonomic hierarchy.
  • Name the domains and kingdoms of life and list defining characteristics of each.
  • List characteristics used to describe populations and describe population growth patterns.
  • Describe how species interact at the community level.
  • Provide examples of succession.
  • Illustrate energy movement in an ecosystem.
  • Compare characteristics of major biomes and aquatic ecosystems.
    Topical Outline:
  • 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: 24

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    Prepared by: Julie Estabrooks Date: August 27, 2014
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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