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 Course Title:   Majors Organismal Physiology

 Title Abbreviation:   MAJORS ORGANISMAL PHYS

 Department:    BIOL&

 Course #:    223

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

For students intending to major in the sciences. Animal development and physiology, plant development and physiology, including photosynthesis. Final course of three-quarter series. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 and MATH 099 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. BIOL& 222 with a 2.0 or higher and CHEM& 162 with a 2.0 or higher or concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 162, or instructor permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW 220
WWU 206

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe how organisms obtain and use nutrients and energy
  2. Explain how organisms develop and reproduce
  3. Understand water balance issues and how organisms transport fluids internally
  4. Distinguish how different organisms are structured
  5. Explain thermoregulation, gas exchange homeostasis
  6. Apply the principles of the scientific method to critical thinking

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. Plant and animal structure and reproduction
  2. Plant and animal growth and development
  3. Transport in plants and animals
  4. Plant and animal nutrition
  5. Cell signaling with plants and animals
  6. Homeostasis in plants and animals
  7. Organ systems in animals