BI 222, Biology of Animals
Instructor: Rebecca Burton, Ph.D.
Office: CO 221
Text: Animal Diversity, Hickman et al.
The biology of animals is concerned with a number of fields, including evolution,
ecology, physiology, anatomy, and behavior. The Kingdom Animalia is highly diverse.
Animals have “solved” the same problems in a number of different ways due to their
environment and evolutionary history. We will study the similarities and differences
of animals from all of the major animal taxa. We will spend a disproportionate amount
of time on vertebrates in recognition of the great interest that this group holds for
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the systems that all animals have in common
- Describe the phylogeny and characteristics of major groups of animals
- Design, conduct, interpret, and communicate zoological experiments
- Explain some of the ways humans and non-human animals interact
- Describe how the environment influences animal ecology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and evolution
BI 222 - Biology of Animals (4 credits, 2 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab.)
Prereq.: SC 120 -- This course provides an overview of the animal kingdom and an introduction
to the areas of biology that concern animals, such as ecology,
evolution, behavior, taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology.
This course is offered in fall of odd-numbered years only.
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Last update: 2/20/03 by Rebecca Burton, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College