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BIOL 215 Organismal Biology: Core I

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Course Description

BIOL 215 in combination with BIOL 230 constitutes an integrated basic core program for students majoring in the life sciences. BIOL 215 is an introduction to organismal diversity focusing on the fundamental mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity. Emphasis is on evolution of the diversity of plants and animals using the tree of life as an organizing theme. Topics include resource acquisition, development, ecology, and population genetics. Laboratories cover fundamental biological principles including natural selection and ecology using representative living organisms.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • TBA hours/semester: 16-18
  • Homework hours/semester: 80-90
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or appropriate math placement test score and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B2, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5B, 5C)
C-ID: BIOL 135S, BIOL 140