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BIOL 13100 Biology II: Development, Structure and Function of Organisms

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Spring Credit 3.0




Introduces embryonic development and examines the functioning of physiological systems of both plants and animals. The underlying cellular and molecular basis for these processes will be emphasized. In particular, the transport of molecules and small ions through biological membranes will be studied. This will require an understanding of membrane structure, diffusion, electrical potentials and other physical and chemical principles. In addition to the specific topics covered, an important objective of this course will be to connect what is covered to both current and historical research endeavors, to prepare Biology majors for further study in the curriculum of the Department of Biological Sciences. While students other than Biology majors are welcome, they should be aware that the rigorous approach taken in this course will require considerable time and effort. A number of problem sets will be posed and students will write and peer review several essays to explain how experimental and quantitative aspects of biology have changed along a historical continuum. Regular weekly help sessions (run by both the professor and student aids) will be arranged to provide the chance to ask questions and discuss particular points in greater depth than the large lecture format permits.




Textbook Life: The Science of Biology
Year/Edition: 9th Edition 2008
Author(s):Sadava, et al.

ISBN: 978 1 4292 1962 4

"Iclicker" is required


Study each assigned chapter before and after each class meeting because you are expected to connect material form class to what your read in the textbook.


A:  85% and above, B:  75-84%, C: 60-74%, D: 50-59%, F:  below 50%.  There will be two evening mid-term examinations and a final.  Exams will all be comprehensive and will include both multiple choice and essay-type problems.

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