BI-202: General Biology II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-202 General Biology II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours 3 lab hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201

Course Description in college catalog:

Strategy of populations in ecology and evolution; diversity of modern plant and animal life, their adaptations and evolutionary relationships. Laboratory includes dissection of representative species.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Degree in Health Sciences

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

A.S. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

QCC/York College Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Program-specific outcomes

1. Demonstrate proficiency in factual knowledge and conceptual understanding required for transfer to the junior year in a baccalaureate program in natural science, mathematics, engineering, or computer science or any other program in health sciences.

2. Demonstrate proficiency in communication skills, including technical writing and oral presentation.

3. Apply concepts through use of current technology.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the professional, ethical, and social responsibilities related to the fields of natural science.

5. Demonstrate proficiency in acquiring, processing and analyzing information in all its forms as related to the fields of natural sciences.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Five written exams will be given (at least one practical). One laboratory report will be required.

Course topics and assignments (include laboratory topics when applicable)

Week - Topics

  1. The Evolution of Populations
  2. The Origin of Species
  3. The History of Life on Earth; Phylogeny and the Tree of Life
  4. Viruses; Bacteria and Archaea
  5. Protists
  6. Fungi
  7. Plant Diversity I&II
  8. Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals
  9. An Introduction to Animal Diversity; Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function
  10. Animal Nutrition
  11. Circulation and Gas Exchange
  12. Osmoregulation and Excretion; Neurons, Synapses and Signaling
  13. An Introduction to Ecology & the Biosphere; Population Ecology
  14. Ecosystems
  15. Final Exam

Sample texts/readings/bibliography/other materials required or recommended for the course (as applicable):
Campbell Biology, 11th Edition. Authors Reese, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Jackson Benjamin; Cummings, 2016.

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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