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Biology 2

Spring 2016

January 11 - May 5, 2016
Lecture: MW 10:00 - 11:15
Lab: F 12:00 - 1:50
Biology 2
BIO 12204
School of Science


Professor:  Dr. Linda Sigismondi
Phone:      740 245-7484
Email:       lindas@rio.edu
Office:      Kidd Hall 100B
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:50, MW 2:15-3:15, others by appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Survey of living organisms, including bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants and animals with emphasis on evolution, classification, and the design and function of major biological systems.  Students will also be introduced to basic evolutionary and ecological principles.  Scientific inquiry including observational skills, experimental design, and data analysis will be emphasized throughout the course. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. 

PREREQUISITES: C- or better in Biology 1 (BIO 12104) or General Zoology (BIO 12404)



Mader, S.S and M. Windelspecht. 2012. Biology. 11th Edition.  McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0073525502 (eBook is also available as an alternative to printed textbook)

Alternate Text:  OpenStax College.  2013. Biology.  Rice University. ISBN: 978-1-938168-09-3 https://www.openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/biology/get

Sigismondi, L. 2016.  Biology 2 Lab Manual Spring 2015.

Sigismondi, L.  2016.  Biology 2 Webpage.  www.rio.edu/lindas

Sapling Learning Access Code (Instructions http://bit.ly/saplinginstructions

PROGRAM OUTCOMES--The following outcomes have been adopted for the biology degree program for which this course is required:
• Explain, using appropriate terminology, the basic concepts of cell/molecular biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics.
• Explain the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, interpret the results of scientific investigations, and draw reasonable conclusions from data.
• Complete critical reading of original and secondary source material.
• Communicate, in oral and written form, biological technical information.
• Relate models, theories and concepts to real world phenomena.
• Use standard biological equipment appropriately and safely, and explain the limitations of the equipment.

COURSE OUTCOMES:  The following outcomes have been adopted for this course.  All outcomes listed below have direct relevance to course material.  Upon completion of this course students are expected to:
• Explain the basic concepts of evolution.
• Explain the diversity and classification of bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants and animals.
• Explain the major structural and physiological features of living organisms with emphasis on development of increasing levels of complexity.
• Explain the basic concepts of ecology.
•   Develop proficiency in microscope use.
•   Develop proficiency in dissecting skills
•   Design and carry out a basic experiment.
•   Analyze and interpret data from an experiment.
•   Read and understand scientific literature.





Last Updated: March 1, 2016