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BIO 1272 Principles of Biology II

The second course of a two-semester university-parallel sequence for biology and science majors. Topics include Darwinian evolution, evolution of populations, origin of species, history of life on Earth, phylogeny and systematics, prokaryotes, protists, plants, fungi, animals and ecology. Three classroom, six lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Biology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: BIO 1171 or Approval of Department 


  • Discuss the diversity of life and its evolutionary relationships, describe the phylogeny and taxonomy of prokaryotes, protists, plants, fungi, and animals, and explain their principle structural and functional characteristics.
  • Discuss the fundamentals of organismal, population, community, ecosystem, landscape, and/or global ecology.
  • Appraise the role of modern evolutionary theory as the major unifying theme of all biological sciences, relate the principles of population genetics to the process of speciation, and relate geological time to the major evolutionary events that demonstrate macroevolutionary trends in the history of life on Earth.

Credit Hours: 5

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 6