2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Biology I, II


Winter 2012 and Spring 2012 quarters

Jennifer Calkins biology, animal studies, literature
Fields of Study
Entry in spring quarter requires knowledge and skills equivalent to the successful completion of Biology I.

This two-quarter sequence in general biology will introduce students to the study of biology using evolution as a theme.  During the winter quarter we will explore the fundamental ideas of evolutionary biology and go on to investigate the structure and function of life from cellular to multicellular organisms.  We will also examine theories on the origin of life and begin to investigate the pattern of life’s evolution since its origin.  In spring quarter, thematic questions include the following: What is the pattern of life over the last 2+ billion years, what are the processes that have led to this pattern, and what is the value inherent in and the risks faced by the great variety of life on earth? Students who successfully complete this sequence will have a basic knowledge and understanding useful both for further study in biology and as part of being a biologically literate citizen who can engage with current issues with knowledge and understanding.

The course will be shaped around four components: lecture, discussions, hands-on investigations (in the lab and in the field), and online conversations.  Although students will need to recognize the importance of some specific details in the study of biology, the emphasis will be on conceptual understanding.  Students will be asked to complete assignments that incorporate this conceptual understanding with their own specific interests and passions in biology.

Advertised Schedule
10a-4:30p Sat
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 19th, 2011 This course sequence has been cancelled. A single-quarter spring offering may be added in its place.