BIO 102 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  August 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:           BIO 102, General Biology II


Credit Hours:  4                   Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    3Lec/Lab Comb:  4



I.              Catalog Description:      Focuses on diversity of life, anatomy and physiology of organisms, and ecosystem organization and processes in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part II of a two-course sequence. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


The study of the science of biology is essential to majors in natural and physical sciences.  It is also relevant to students in business, liberal arts, and to individuals who must make lifelong decisions that either affect our environment or are affected by ecological relationships which exist in the global ecosystem.  This course meets natural science requirements in transfer degree programs and will function as liberal arts electives.


III.           Required background: 


BIO 101 is a prerequisite for BIO 102.


IV.          Course Content:

1.    Population genetics

2.    Evolution and Origin of species

3.    Fossil Record and Geological Time

4.    Sympatric and allopathic speciation

5.    Phylogeny and systematics

6.    Prokaryotes and the origins of metabolic diversity

7.    Plant and animal diversity

8.    Seed Plants, Gymno Sperms, Protistan Diversity

9.    Nutrient Procurement

10.  Material Transport in Plants and Animals

11. Circulation and Gas Exchange

12. Population Ecology

13. Ecosystems


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to describe and explain each group of structures and components listed in the course content section above in written or oral form.

B.   Be able to explain and analyze in written form each of the processes listed in the course content section.

C.   Be able to execute lab assignments which illustrate concepts relevant to the above processes and topics.

D.   Be able to accurately report in written form the results of laboratory experiences.

E.   Be able to explain the function of lab experiences as illustrations of content topics and scientific method.

Students will be evaluated by some combination of quizzes, tests, exams and lab reports as defined by the faculty.  Since this course supports SCHEV writing competency, it is required that faculty assign and grade writing assignments in this course.


VII.      This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning