BIOLOGY 256 - Environmental Physiology of Animals
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 171 & 172 & 173; or BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AP Physics or PHYSICS 135, 140 or 160 or equivalent; and AP Math or MATH 115 or 116 or equivalent.
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 focuses on organismal physiology and interactions of animals with their environment. It complements courses organized around general principles of form and function and explores how history influences the evolution of animal form and function. Much of the information also has relevance in terms of human evolution, human application, conservation application, or resource use for food and other services. Using collaborative learning techniques, a team project allows students to explore this relevance in depth. Students discover the intriguing research that environmental physiologists, ecological morphologists and evolutionary physiologists have produced, learning from vertebrate (including human) and invertebrate examples. They become more familiar with:

  1. how interactions between animal form, function and environment can be applied to environmental health and conservation
  2. examples of how scientists make inferences from fossils and other geological information, using knowledge of animal form and function
  3. observations of how functional patterns within animal diversity relate to evolutionary history and current environments
  4. explanations of distributions of animals, phenomena in community ecology, selection, and speciation
  5. predictions of distributions of animals, phenomena in community ecology, selection, and speciation in changing environments.

To prepare for upper-level courses, students will develop reasonable scientific arguments through synthesizing environmental and physiological and/or functional morphology data. They also will extract accurate information from peer reviewed literature and relate that information to biological and environmental health questions and problems.

Course Requirements:

Exams, term project (team) and brief writing assignment, daily iClicker, weekly online homework, weekly in-class open-book quizzes.

Intended Audience:

Group II (Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology) course for Biology and General Biology concentrations and elective for Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and MCDB concentrations.

Class Format:

New in 2018: The class format is two interactive lectures for 90 minutes, each.

BIOLOGY 256 - Environmental Physiology of Animals
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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You will need an iClicker. ***If you bought How Life Works for BIO171/172, you probably do not need to buy it again (free upgrade from 1st edition to 2nd edition is available); talk to Dr. Eidietis before buying a book. If you need a new book: I suggest buying only the electronic book (cheapest option) using the URL that I will provide in January. Environmental Physiology of Animals (Willmer) is a good reference and is on reserve for your use, but used copies are fairly inexpensive, if you want to buy one.
iClicker (
ISBN: 1319100910
How Life Works LaunchPad 2e 4 year online access, Author: Morris, Publisher: macmillan 2 2016
ISBN: 1319104746
How Life Works (hardcover) + Launchpad 2e 4 year online access, Author: morris, Publisher: macmillan 2E 2016
ISBN: 1319100902
How Life Works (loose-lead textbook with LaunchPad 2e 4 year online access), Author: Morris, Publisher: macmillan 2E 2016
ISBN: 9781405107242
Environmental physiology of animals, Author: Pat Willmer; Graham Stone; and Ian Johnston, Publisher: Blackwell. Publ. 2. ed., [N 2006
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