BIOL 103/3.0 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
The origins and diversification of multicellular organisms, their form, function and adaptation to stress and a changing world. Themes and case studies include energy flow from molecules to ecosystems, organismal interactions including parasitism and disease dynamics, and the impacts of human activity.
By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Identify the roles of the major physiological systems in diverse animals and how they are regulated through electrical and chemical signals to achieve change or maintain homeostasis.
- Explain the structure and function of nerves and muscles, and how they contribute to physiological processes.
- Articulate the role of physiological systems and processes in disease and dysfunction.
- Compare the nature of interactions between organisms at the level of the population, the community and the ecosystem.
- Discuss the mechanisms by which evolution generates biological diversity, and how this is important for ecosystem health.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Examples of previous Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include a trip to the Knepp Estate rewilding project in West Sussex and Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.