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NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
BIO 102 - GENERAL BIOLOGY II (4 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge of the principles and living systems and their applications to everyday life. The course is designed for both science and non-science majors. The course may serve as a prerequisite for advanced biology courses, a laboratory science graduation requirement, or as transfer credit for a four-year institution. BIO 101 is a prerequisite for BIO 102, or BIO 102 may be taken without BIO 101 with division approval.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

The student should be able to read and express him/herself both orally and in writing on a college freshman level as measured by a college English competency examination.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED A. Multicellularity
B. Homeostasis
C. Overview of animal kingdom
D. Animal structure and function 1. Digestion
2. Nutrition
3. Circulation
4. Immunology
5. Gas exchange
6. Excretion
7. Hormonal regulation
8. Reproduction
9. Development
10. Responsiveness
E. Overview of plant kingdom
F. Plant structure and function 1. Primary tissues and primary growth
2. Secondary tissues and secondary growth
3. Plant transport mechanisms
4. Plant hormones
5. Plant reproduction
G. Ecology 1. Populations
2. Communities
3. Ecosystems
OPTIONAL TOPICS

Research projects, field trips, research papers and seminars may be available for interested students or for students who need these elements for a particular purpose. The optional elements may be offered at the instructor's discretion.


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