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Fall 2021

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BIO116 - General Biology 2

Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces evolutionary theory and the diversity of living things. Students will explore the scientific evidence for evolution and processes by which new species emerge. Special emphasis will be placed on the genetic, molecular, anatomical, and physiological characteristics that define and are used to classify plant and animal species. General Biology 1 and 2 are recommended to students transferring to any of the life sciences programs. (General Biology 1 and 2 are not sequential. Either may be taken first.). Prerequisites: High School Regents Biology completed with a 75 or higher or permission of instructor. Completion of the Genesee Community College reading and math proficiencies.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1.Engage in activities utilizing the process of science.
2.Describe the mechanisms of evolution and the scientific evidence that support evolution.
3.Explain how genetic variation and barriers influence the evolution of populations.
4.Use current taxonomic classification systems.
5.Explain how geology has influenced the evolution of life.
6.Explain how data from various fields of research (biogeography, archaeology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, etc.) provide evidence in support of Darwinian evolution.
7.Explain the evolutionary history of living organisms.
8.Explain the evolution of Homo sapiens from the last common ancestor with chimpanzees and our relationship to extinct hominin species.
9.Conduct scientific experiments to examine the evolution of extant species in a laboratory setting.
10.Describe the occurrence of derived characteristics that led to the successful colonization terrestrial habitats by multicellular organisms.
11.Identify the similarities among related organisms (embryonic, genetic, physiologic, biochemical, etc.) and describe how they support Darwinian evolution.
12.Explain how complex interactions of living organisms within their environment are the result of coevolution and contribute to the biodiversity of ecosystems.


Effective Term: Fall 2019