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Erica T Cline
TESC 140
Tacoma Campus

Introductory Biology III

Focuses on organismal biology including plant and animal anatomy, physiology, and development, in conjunction with applicable chemical processes. Third in a series of introductory biology courses for science majors. Includes required lab Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.5 in TESC 130; minimum grade of 1.7 in TESC 151.

Class description

This class is the third in a three-quarter sequence designed to provide a foundation for students intending to pursue a concentration in environmental sciences. The sequence is: • Quarter 1, TESC 120: Evolution, Mendelian genetics, biodiversity and ecology. • Quarter 2, TESC 130: Biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and development. • Quarter 3, TESC 140: Animal and plant structure and function.

This course, TESC 140, covers anatomy, physiology and development within the animal and plant kingdoms.

Student learning goals

My goals for this course and the introductory biology series as a whole are: first, to help you develop the ability to think like a scientist; i.e., to develop your observational and critical analysis skills; second, to help you to master the fundamental concepts of biology and learn to synthesize and apply these concepts to a range of problems, and last but not least, to share my excitement with you about the amazing diversity and complexity of life. We will work hard in this class, but we will also have a lot of fun. You’ll be introduced to the marvelous complexity of the inner workings of plants and animals.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Erica T Cline
Date: 03/25/2007