Biodiversity lays a foundation for the basic understanding of our world’s living organisms. Throughout this course students will appreciate fundamental scientific processes and principles, as well as understand the characteristics of life and the relationships shared between all organisms. The core emphasis of Biodiversity is to study the diversity of life on Earth as students explore the living kingdoms in a progression from simple to complex. Students will examine the realm of living organisms beginning with the most primitive bacteria, proceeding through protists, fungi, plants, and the variety of invertebrate and vertebrate animals, culminating with the study of chordates. This is to be a lab-oriented class involving both microscopic examinations and gross anatomy. Dissections of various specimens in a variety of phyla will be an integral portion of this course.
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