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Biology II: Diversity of Life

Subject: BIO
Course Number: 130
Credits: 4 Credits
Available Online: No
Current and competing hypotheses explaining the origin, development, and maintenance of the Earth's biodiversity are critically evaluated. Employing a phylogenetic approach and emphasizing the Eukaryote, the major lineages of life are surveyed and compared by considering evolutionary trends and the relationships between structure and function within and among lineages. Abiotic and biotic factors, including human activity, influencing populations, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere are explored. The course is comprised of lectures, readings, discussions, written assignments, films, and an inquiry-based laboratory component. (Prerequisite: BIO120; Recommended prerequisites: one year of high school biology and chemistry and four years of high school mathematics)
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