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Animal Biology (BIOL 2260)

Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3.00
Lab Credits: 1.00

Description: This course compares the ways in which different animal phyla have solved problems of existence including, for example, support, nervous coordination, locomotion, excretion, respiration and reproduction. Additionally, the course provides a basic framework for understanding the origins and relationships of the major groups of animals. This course includes two hours of required lab per week. Performing dissections is required.

Topical Outline:

1. Processes of evolution and the generation of animal diversity
2. Single-cellular organisms and the evolution of multicellularity
3. Basic multicellular organisms:  Poriferans and Cnidarians
4. Protostomes:  Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Mollusca, Annelida and Arthropoda
5. Deuterostomes: Echinodermata and Chordata


Learning Outcomes:
1. Compare and contrast the different methods used by animals to acquire, ingest, absorb, transport and utilize nutrients and explain how these methods are adaptive for their habitat and lifestyle
2. Compare and contrast the different methods used by animals to obtain and transport gasses and soluble nutrients and remove waste products and explain how these methods are adaptive their habitat and lifestyle
3. Compare and contrast the different methods used by animals to move through their surroundings and explain how these methods are adaptive for their habitat and lifestyle
4. Compare and contrast the different methods used by animals to sense and respond to their environment and explain how these methods are adaptive to their habitat and lifestyle
5. Be able to identify and discuss the methods used to study the evolutionary relationships, physiology and behavior of animals
 

Prerequisites:

BIOL 1100 or BIOL 2200.

MnTC: Goal 3