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BIO162 General Biology 2

Lead Faculty: Dr Michael R. Maxwell

Course Description

Evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology. Concepts include evolutionary processes, taxonomy and phylogeny of the kingdoms of life, and ecological processes at the levels of the population, community and ecosystem. Intended for science majors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain fundamental concepts of evolution, including microevolution, natural selection, speciation, and the history of life on Earth.
  • Classify organisms according to the Linnean taxonomic system.
  • Describe biodiversity and phylogeny of microscopic organisms, including prokaryotes, protists, and yeasts.
  • Describe biodiversity and phylogeny of macroscopic fungi.
  • Describe biodiversity and phylogeny of macroscopic algae and plants.
  • Describe biodiversity and phylogeny of important invertebrate animal phyla, including sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, nematodes, molluscs, annelids, arthropods, and echinoderms.
  • Describe biodiversity and phylogeny of vertebrate animals.
  • Explain principles of ecology at the levels of the population, community, and ecosystem.