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Course Description

General Zoology is designed for students exploring a career and majoring in Biology. This course uses the animal model to introduce the principles of evolutionary biology. Zoology explores animal diversity and considers the selection pressures of nature that direct animal form and function. Topics include mechanisms of evolution, animal life cycles, embryological development, comparative morphology and physiology, taxonomy and systematics, molecular and morphological phylogeny, ecological principles, organismal behavior and its place in the natural world. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 240 with a grade of 'C' or better. ADVISORY: Chemistry 1A, Biology 1 and eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify characteristics of major animal taxa and their phylogenetic relationships.
  • Identify and describe the diversity of animal structures and relate them to their functions.
  • Compare and contrast the differences in animal development and life cycles across the animal phyla.
  • Describe mechanisms of evolutionary change including speciation.
  • Discuss the importance of habitat and sustainable ecology.
  • Apply scientific methodology and reasoning through active experimentation and experiences.
  • Develop basic laboratory and dissection skills.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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