This course focuses on four themes to organize our study into major biological systems: the development of organisms, molecular and cellular physiology with applications, global and personal health, and the interdependent world. Students will engage in learning through a combination of laboratory activities, classroom discussion, and guided modeling. Projects, which focus scientific understanding to address current issues, will organize the learning and allow students to apply their knowledge. Student writing and presentations will be important means by which students convey understanding.

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Unit 1: Evolution
The first unit of Advanced Biological Systems is focused on the theory of evolution, the mechanisms of evolutionary change, and discussions of the biological species concept. We discuss briefly how biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems. A study of biological ... Read More