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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 353
Course Title: Zoology
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Survey of animal phyla and vertebrate organ systems. Laboratory is included. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 112L. Offered odd fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 112 and BIOL 112L
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

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

Integrated Principles of Zoology
By Hickman, C. P., et al. (McGraw-Hill)
By Miller, S. A., and J. P. Harley (McGraw-Hill)
Integrated Principles of Zoology: Laboratory Manual
By Hickman, C.P. et al (McGraw-Hill)
General Zoology Laboratory Manual
By Lytle, C. F. (McGraw-Hill)
General Zoology Laboratory Manual
By Miller, S. A. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe how organisms are named systematically.
  2. Outline the classification of life.
  3. List the general features of all animals.
  4. Identify the key transitions in body organization that have occurred over the course of animal evolution.
  5. Identify major characteristics and evolutionary relationships of each group of animals.
  6. Describe the functional systems of vertebrates.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Animal systematics and phylogeny
  • Characteristics of animals
  • Diversity in the animal kingdom
  • Changes in the animal body plan over evolution
  • Noncoelomate invertebrates
  • Coelomate invertebrates
  • Vertebrates
  • Animal form and function

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

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Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: September 5, 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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