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Principles of Biology II
BIOL 182
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MB&B 182

This course concerns biological principles as they apply primarily at tissue, organismic, and population levels of organization. Course topics include developmental biology, animal physiology and homeostatic control systems, endocrinology, neurophysiology and the neuronal basis of behavior. Evidence for evolution is reviewed, as are the tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The nature and importance of variation among organisms and of stochastic processes in evolution are discussed, as are modern theories of speciation and macroevolution. Finally, the course addresses interactions between organisms and their environments as well as the interactions among organisms in natural communities. Each of the topics of the course is explored from a comparative viewpoint to recognize common principles as well as variations among organisms that indicate evolutionary adaptation to different environments and niches.

Essential Capabilities: Quantitative Reasoning
In biological systems, there are typically no "perfect" designs, and organisms have evolved sometimes similar and sometimes unique solutions to common problems. Quantitative reasoning is an essential method for evaluating different physiological strategies. Also, mathematical models are essential for understanding evolutionary and ecological dynamics.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM BIOL
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [MB&B181 or BIOL181] OR [MB&B195 or BIOL195]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CHEM-Track B)(E&ES)(MB&B)(NS&B)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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