Plant Systematics

Course Description:  An introduction to systematics, diagnosis, identification, and classification of higher plants, with an emphasis on local flora and flowering plant families of West Virginia. Course includes: lectures, laboratory, independent projects, and field trips.

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2014 Syllabus

Principles of Biology I

Course Description:  A survey of the principles of biology at the ecological, evolutionary and organismal levels. Course focuses on the theory and practice of evolutionary biology and ecology, and introduces students to the scientific process and the diversity of living things. Topics covered in this course will serve as the foundation for future biology courses (You must pass this course to complete registration for Principles of Biology II).

2014 Syllabus

Experimental Biology

Course Description:  Basic principles of experimental design and statistics for biology majors, primarilyusing higher plants as experimental organisms. Selected topics in plant physiology will be included in lectures, thus complementing BIOL 252 to give students an understanding of the physiology of both animals and plants. Group and individual research proposals, laboratory experiments, and laboratory reports will be an integral part of the course, with emphasis on proper format, statistical analysis, synthesis, use of primary scientific literature, and source documentation. Prerequisites: MATH 115; BIOL 161 and 250 for Biology majors; BIOL 161 and ENVS 130 for Environmental Science majors. 

2015 Syllabus

General Biology II

Course Description:  An introduction to cell biology, genetics, and the structure and function of animals. Designed for the non-science major, this course includes the basic science in each discipline and the relevance of these ideas to such important human concerns as the HIV epidemic, genetic engineering, and how disease or environmental factors disrupt the normal functioning of plants and animals. Laboratories emphasize experimental design, anatomy and physiology. Lectures include historical development ideas, case studies and problem-solving activities.

2015 Syllabus