BIO 107 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                           Date:  January 2014


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


Course Number and Title:           BIO 107, Biology of the Environment


Credit Hours:  4                   Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:        3          Lec/Lab Comb:  6 hr/wk



I.              Catalog Description:      Presents the basic concepts of environmental science through a tropical approach.  Includes the scientific method, population growth and migration, use of natural resources and waste management, ecosystem simplification recovery, evolution, biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis and global warming, geological formations, atmosphere and climate, and ozone depletion and acid deposition.  Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.  Total 6 hours per week.


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

This is a transfer course which will meet natural science requirements in liberal arts program at DCC.  It will also meet liberal arts elective requirements.


III.           Required background: 

Non-developmental in reading, writing, and MTE 3 competence


IV.          Course Content:

1.    The Environment

a)    A Brief History of Environmental Concerns

b)    The Physical Environment

c)    The Living Environment (Biosphere)

2.    Population Ecology:

a)    Human Population Distribution and Abundance

b)    Population Growth and Resources

c)    Technology and the Environment

3.    Human Influences and Impacts:

a)    Threats to Plants and Wildlife

b)    Air and Water Pollution

c)    Global Warming and Desertification


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to apply principles of ecology to nature.

B.   Understand human impacts on the environment.

C.   Understand ecological concepts and relevant, basic mathematical models

D.   Be able to analyze graphical presentation of environmental information

E.   Understand major components of ecosystems

F.    Be able to predict how these systems react to internal and external stressors.

Student performance will be based on a combination of quizzes, tests, exams, written assignments and lab assignments as defined by faculty.  All students must complete lab assignments, and one major systematic writing assignment as defined by the faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning