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BIOL 12100 Biology I: Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior

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Summer,Fall Credit 2.0




Overview of the unity and diversity of life. We attempt to construct a framework for ordering biology by studying both the shared and specialized modifications of organisms that allow them to adapt to their environment. We also apply biological principles to social, medical and environmental issues. Topics include: diversity of life, respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis/meiosis, Mendelian genetics and complications, natural selection, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, population growth (including humans), interactions among populations (competition, predation, parasitism), behavior, and conservation biology.




Fall Text

Life: The Science of Biology 10th Edition

Sinauer Associates, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-4292-9864-3

Summer Text

Title: Life: The Science of Biology 11th Edition

Author: David E. Sadava, David M. Hillis, H. Craig Heller, May Berenbaum

Do not purchase a hard copy of the textbook for this course.  For this course we will be using the online (LaunchPad) version of Life: the Science of Biology 11e by Sadava which will include access to the interactive software Reef (LaunchPad & Reef are both Required for this course).  

Two purchase options are available at 'University Book Store' and 'Follett's Purdue West Bookstore'

1) LaunchPad access for Sadava 11e + Reef access.

2) LaunchPad access for Sadava 11e + Reef access + a Loose-leaf copy of the textbook

*Special pricing has been negotiated for this course.  Purchasing outside of the bookstores will cost students more money.


Evening Exams Required. 

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