BIOLOGY 108 - Introduction to Animal Diversity
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the amazing diversity of animals and how that diversity came to be. We explore how animals survive, function, reproduce, and behave in their environments. We consider practical and social applications of this knowledge. We explore how scientists answer questions about animals and who some of those scientists are.

By the end of this course, we hope you will be able to:

  • Take part in public decision-making processes affecting or affected by animals.
  • Research practical decisions that either impact or are impacted by animals.
  • Create an argument for the importance of animal diversity.

In order to do this, you will:
  • Develop the literacy needed to describe the diversity of animals to a non-expert audience, such as your child or a fellow voter.
  • Be able to evaluate the impact of human actions on animal diversity.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on three exams, participation in discussions, the completion of class and discussion section activities, Clicker activities, and a final project.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

Students will attend three lectures and one discussion section per week.

BIOLOGY 108 - Introduction to Animal Diversity
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
010 (DIS)
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
011 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
012 (DIS)
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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Look for used copies of the textbook on Amazon and in bookstores.
ISBN: 0321556712
Into the jungle : great adventures in the search for evolution, Author: Sean B. Carroll ; with illustrations by Leanne M. Olds and Jamie W. Carroll., Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings 2009
You must purchase an i>clicker for this course ( You must ensure that you have extra batteries and making sure the i>clicker works properly. You must register your i>clicker. To do this, go to the course CTools site, click on i>clicker, and follow the instructions.
"Darwinian Snails" online lab by The cheapest way to get this ($3) will be online - I will send a course-specific link in August. If you MUST buy from a bookstore for some reason, let me know ( and I'll ask Ulrich's or the UM Barnes & Nobles to order it.
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