Liberal Arts > Biology

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Organismal Biology
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Biology
  • Units (Credits): 4.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Combines the principles of botany and zoology into one course emphasizing levels of organization and life processes common to all organisms. Topics range from nutrient processing and homeostasis to reproduction. Meets 3 hours per week for lecture and 3 hours per week for lab. Note: BIOL 190 plus BIOL 191 transfer to UNR as fulfilling BIOL 190, 191 and 192 requirements.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of BIOL 191 Introduction to Organismal Biology and BIOL 191L Introduction to Organismal Biology Laboratory, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the principles of classifying organisms (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the structural and physiological functions of organisms (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the concepts of ecology, evolution and speciation (GE #1);
  • Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data in the laboratory (GE #1, #4).
  • Apply the scientific method by designing a controlled experiment by collecting, graphing, statistically analyzing, and interpreting data (GE #1).

III. Topics

The distribution and abundance of organisms is determined by the interactions between other organisms and the environment; how ecological principles operate at the levels of the individual organism, the population, the community, and the ecosystem; the characteristics, phylogenetic diversity, and ecology of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic kingdoms; the structure and function of animal and plants, and how they relate to environmental adaptations; the underlying mechanisms of evolution; the use of standard laboratory equipment in a safe and accurate manner; applying the scientific method; the major groups of organisms; classify the major groups of organisms within a phylogenetic framework; present scientific findings using discipline-standard formats.

Scheduled BIOL-191 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no BIOL-191 classes scheduled for this term.