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Biology 1334 - Introduction to Biology II


Reading this syllabus is essential for succeeding in this course.

Course Description: Biology is the science of life, and a wide-ranging science it is. Some biologists study entire ecosystems; others delve into interactions of just a few molecules in a single organism. Some biologists look billions of years into the past, seeking the origin of life on Earth; others work to find commonality among the astonishing array of living things now on our planet. Such variety makes biology a broadly encompassing science; a biologist may need to rely on physics, chemistry, oceanography, geology, mathematics, climatology, computer science, and more, in addition to the essential core body of biological knowledge. In this course, we introduce you to that core body of biological knowledge. We explore the molecular interactions that make life possible, the flow of energy through living things, the unity and diversity of life on Earth, the structures and functions of organisms, and the processes of evolution that inform all modern biological thought.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this introduction to biology for non-science majors.

Welcome from Dr. Henry: Welcome to the science of life; the study of living organisms, to which we all are inseparably adjoined. Biology seeks to understand the structure (anatomy), function (physiology), origin, evolution, and distribution of living things. Your efforts here will provide you knowledge of botany, zoology, and all their numerous subdivisions, from microbiology to population genetics.

Current news headlines are filled with biological topics concerning the genome project, stem cell research, cloning, bioterrorism, and even extraterrestrial biology. While this introductory course will not make you an expert on these subjects, it will give you a working knowledge of contemporary topics; help you make informed decisions; and may even set you on a path to further scientific inquiry. It is my sincere hope that your foray into the study of life is as valuable and enlightening to you as it was to me on my first excursion into biology. It instilled in me an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. As this course will also be a new experience in distance education for many of you, I would like to reassure you that you are not alone. Technical support is always available to you and I, of course, will be available should you need assistance or have questions.

About Dr. Henry: Dr. Henry is Assistant Dean of the Honors College at UTA and Honors/Biology lecturer. He graduated from Baylor University with concentrations in Biology, Communications, and Comparative Religions. Dr. Henry. attended Baylor College of Dentistry, and was in private practice for ten years before embarking on a teaching career. As a member of the UTA College of Science Health Professions Advisory Committee, he counsels students in pursuit of medical and dental careers. In 2000, Dr. Henry was awarded the UTA Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2002 and 2003 he was director of judging for the Exxon/Mobil

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