This course presents students with the study of invertebrates. Students will examine the ecology of invertebrates along with their structures and functions.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Unicellular and Primitive Multicellular Animals
- Describe the roles water and air play in the lives of invertebrates.
- Compare invertebrate classification systems and their evolutions.
- Describe the general characteristics of the protozoa, sponges, and placozoans.
The Cnidarians, Ctenophores, and Molluscs
- Explain the features of a hydrostatic skeleton.
- Differentiate between cnidarians and ctenophores.
- Compare classes of Molluscks.
- Compare and contrast platyhelminths and mesozoans.
- Describe the characteristics of parasitic and nonparasitic organisms.
- Explain how beneficial nematodes affect the environment.
- Categorize arthropods by their common characteristics.
- Describe the characteristics of some of the unusual phylum.
Lophophorates and Deuterostomes
- Differentiate between hemichordates and non-vertebrate chordates.
- Compare Lophophorates and Echinoderm.
- Describe general characteristics of Xeno
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- BIO/101 – Principles of Biology OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of Biology
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