Syllabus: Biology 2002 (Fall 2008)
Foundations of Biology for Biological Science Majors, Part 1
Course Philosophy and Overall Goals
Biology 2002 and 2003 comprise a year-long course sequence designed to prepare biological sciences majors for
advanced studies in biology, including ecology, evolution, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and organismal
Because of its importance for understanding all other areas of biology, evolution is the central unifying
concept of both of these foundational courses.
In Biol 2002/03, you will learn biological principles by working individually and in teams to solve problems,
analyze data, explore case studies, and conduct laboratory investigations.
The Biol 2002/03 courses emphasize
the relationships among biological fields of study, as well as the relationships among biology, chemistry, and
other physical sciences.
We also emphasize the development and application of quantitative skills, concepts, and
tools to biological problems.
Your work in these courses will help you learn to approach real-world problems from a scientific perspective and
develop skills for independent learning, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and scientific
In this way, these courses will help prepare you for success in your future career, especially in
concepts will I
learn in this
Biology 2002 focuses on major concepts in
evolution and genetics
information about specific learning outcomes in Biology 2002, please see the tables
and outline at the end of the syllabus.
What major skills
will I gain or
Scientific reasoning & process:
This course will help you learn (or practice) how
to think like a scientist.
You will gain experience doing a variety of scientific
protocols, using modern research equipment and strategies. You will be learning
how to make observations, develop hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret
You will gain additional experience using mathematical
concepts and tools to analyze, evaluate, and present data.
You will learn how to find information and data, evaluate it,
and synthesize it to solve problems or make decisions.
You will gain experience communicating in a biological
context and presenting your work in an oral, written, and graphic format.
Preparation for life after college:
You will strengthen your time management
skills, your understanding of ethical issues in science, and your ability to work
effectively as a team member.