Bryan D. White
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: BES 200.
Plant and Animal Physiology is the third quarter of the three-quarter introductory biology sequence, continuing the overview of major questions and concepts in biology begun with BES 180 and 200. The organizing principle of the course is how the structure of plants and animals both at a cellular and organismal level is related to the function of the organism. Every effort will be made to connect physiology concepts to our everyday lives. We will study basic plant and animal physiology including: • plant structure, photosynthesis, nutrient and water transport • plant reproduction and hormones • epithelial function, circulatory system, respiratory system in animals • nervous system and excretory system in animals
Student learning goals
• Master fundamental principles of plant and animal physiology.
• Improve understanding of the scientific method, and how to apply it to biological problems, especially developing your skill at constructing and testing hypotheses
• Employ laboratory exercises to enhance your skills at collecting and evaluating data for research.
• Interpret graphical and tabular representations of experiments and data
General method of instruction
Class discussions, small group discussions, structured worksheets, laboratory explorations, lecture.
BES 180 and BES 200.
Class assignments and grading
Reading, laboratory write-ups.
Quizzes, exams, and lab write-ups.