Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution
  • Final
  • Biology
  • Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution
  • 8.0
  • This course sequence, intended for majors, includes a survey of the biology and diversity of organisms and examines the basic principles governing evolution of organisms and interactions between organisms and the environment. The course sequence emphasizes classification, structure and function of organisms, ecological principles, and mechanisms of evolution.

  • 130
  • Sequence (S)
  • This descriptor is a sequence composed of at least two courses with a total minimum of 6.0 units of lecture and 2.0 units of lab covering the course content below. All courses used to meet this sequence are recommended to be taken at the same institution.

  • Eligible for college level math (C-ID MATH 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 151 OR any other course with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite)

  • None

  • Completed C-ID BIOL 190 (Cell and Molecular Biology); eligible for English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

  • More than one combination of courses may fulfill these requirements; but each combination must include all of the following:

    Overview of tree of life

    Phylogeny/Evolutionary History of major taxa

    Systematics and Taxonomy:  Classification schemes

    Prokaryotes

    Protists

    Fungi

    Survey of animal phyla

    Survey of plant phyla

    Animal Systems Structure:  Anatomy

    Animal Systems Function:  Physiology

    Plant systems structure: anatomy

    Plant systems function: physiology

    Animal Development and life cycles

    Plant development and life cycles

    Population Ecology

    Population structure, growth, regulation, and fluctuation

    Intraspecific interactions

    Social systems and behavior

    Community Ecology

    Interspecific interactions:  Predator-prey relations, competition, symbiosis

    Community structure and succession

    Ecosystem diversity (Biomes)

    Ecosystems ecology:

        Trophic structure

    Energy flow

    Nutrient cycling and ecosystem integrity

    Conservation biology

    Mechanisms of Evolutionary change:  Natural Selection, Genetic Drift,

           Gene Flow, and Mutation, and Nonrandom Mating

    Population genetics

    Speciation and Extinction

  • The laboratory component must include greater than 80% hands-on activities that support the learning goals of the course. Laboratory content must be considered when matching courses to this descriptor. 

    Typical laboratory content includes:

    Use of experiments to explore course topics.

    Appropriate statistical analysis of data.

    Population growth modeling.

    Measures of species diversity and richness.

    Mechanisms of evolution.

    And the following for representative organisms in phyla from both animals and plants:

    A. Microscopic and gross comparative anatomy, including dissection.

    B. Comparative study of functional morphology.

    C. Comparative study of physiology.

    D. Comparative study of developmental stages and life cycles.

    Typical laboratory activities may also include: Simulations, exploratory activities in systematics, collection and analysis of population data, field observations, field sampling methods, field trips, and projects.

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    1. Apply the processes of scientific inquiry including experimental design.
    2. Carry out an experiment to test a specific hypothesis using appropriate controls.
    3. Explain the essential elements of life, major hypotheses for life’s history, mechanisms for the diversification of life, and macroevolution.
    4. Apply the tools of evolutionary biology to the analysis and evaluation of historical relationships among organisms.
    5. Describe mechanisms of evolutionary change including micro-evolutionary forces that determine patterns of genetic diversity within species.
    6. Provide evidence for evolution.
    7. Evaluate the ecological relationships of organisms at the population, community, and ecosystem level.
    8. Describe flow of energy within an ecosystem and the role of nutrient cycling in maintaining ecosystem integrity.
    9. Explain fundamental prokaryotic replication, metabolism, and cellular structure in relationship to evolution of diversity.
    10. Compare and contrast differences in animal development and life cycles.
    11. Compare and contrast differences in plant development and life cycles.
    12. Describe how plants and animals maintain homeostasis: water and ion balance, gas exchange, energy and nutrient acquisition, temperature regulation.
    13. For major taxa of protists, fungi, plants and animals,
      1. Identify major groups and arrange them within currently recognized taxa.
      2. Compare and evaluate different phylogenies in terms of relationships amongst taxa.
      3. Describe structural organization/morphology.
      4. Identify and describe structures and relate them to their functions.
      5. Classify individual representative specimens to phylum.

  • A variety of assessment techniques including examinations, projects, papers, laboratory reports, and laboratory practicals.

  • A current (pursuant to C-ID policy) college level textbook and laboratory manual supporting the learning objectives of this course, and designed for majors, must be considered when matching courses to this descriptor. For example, Campbell, Raven, Mader.

  • December 15, 2012