This course continues the examination of principles and applications of biology that was begun in BIO 350: General Biology I. Topics include evolution, biodiversity, the structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology. Students apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through hands-on labs.
This undergraduate course is 7 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
- Interpret Darwin’s systematic observations.
- Explain evolution in terms of natural selection.
- Apply the Hardy-Weinberg principle to assess the evolution of a population.
- Analyze speciation and the limitations of the biological species concept.
- Characterize external (habitat) and internal (genetic) factors leading to reproductive isolation and speciation.
- Explain how phylogenetic trees show evolutionary relationships based on parsimony and maximum likelihood.
The History of Life on Earth & Microorganisms
- Interpret the history of earth as it relates to the origin and radiation of species.
- Classify microscopic organisms by size, structure, and function.
Plant Diversity & Fungi
- Analyze how plants evolved from green algae and adapted to life on land.
- Classify seed plants, gymnosperms, and angiosperms by structure and function.
- Classify fungi by structure and function.
Animals & Invertebrates
- Classify animals by structure and function.
- Classify invertebrates by structure and function.
- Classify vertebrates by structure and function.
- Analyze mammalian structures and their functions.
- Compare Earth’s biomes
- Analyze how interactions between organisms and the environment limit the distribution of species
- Evaluate interactions of organisms in ecological systems in response to abiotic change.
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.
- MTH/219 - Introduction to College Algebra OR
- MAT/002 - Math Placement Exam B OR
- a minimum of 2 college credits that demonstrates math proficiency
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 888-484-1815.
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