BI 103 : Biology

Presents the evolutionary relationships among the kingdoms. Includes a comparison of biological systems across kingdoms. Designed as a laboratory science course for non-biology majors.

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Use classification and evolutionary relationships among taxa to identify strategies that organisms employ to sustain life.
  • Communicate an understanding of biodiversity and conservation and its value to the student, to our society, and to the natural environment.
  • Gather and apply knowledge of form and function to qualitatively and quantitatively explain how organisms live.
  • Use laboratory experiences comparing species characteristics to organize an understanding of evolutionary relationships.
  • Appreciate aesthetic value of living organisms in the natural world.
  • Use scientific knowledge of body systems to critically evaluate experimental outcomes and apply them to human health and the environment.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS.

Evolution Statement

To clarify the teaching of evolution and its place in the classroom, Oregon Coast Community College affirms the following statements about what qualifies as science and how the theory of evolution is the major organizing theory within biology:

  • Science is a non-dogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. In science, a theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. Instead, theories are explanations for natural phenomena based on a preponderance of evidence. Theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are revised through observation and experimentation.
  • The theory of evolution meets the criteria of a scientific theory. In contrast, creation "science", “intelligent design” or similar designations are neither self-examining nor investigatory. Creation science is not considered a legitimate science, but instead a form of religious advocacy and pseudoscience. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).
  • Teaching evolution is a necessary foundational framework for understanding biology because it explains the unity and diversity of life past and present. Evolution is not a controversial topic in the scientific community because it is overwhelmingly supported by scientific evidence.  

Biology instructors of Oregon Coast Community College will teach the theory of evolution not as absolute truth but as the most widely accepted scientific theory on the diversity and unity of life. Furthermore, they will stand with such organizations as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the teaching of pseudo-science.

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4

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