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Bio 9: Our Living World: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
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Updated: March 9, 2017

Flyer for Bio 9

Lecture: M, W, F 11-11:50am
Lab: no lab
Prerequisite: none
Scheduling: Every semester, next offered Fall 2017
Units: 3
Website: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/c/colemanr/courses/bio9/bio9.html

Syllabus: WordPerfect document PDF Word html updated for Spring 2017.

PLEASE READ THIS: This is a very enjoyable course, both for me and for the students; however, do NOT sign up for this course unless you intend to show up to EVERY class. The odds of you getting a good grade, or even passing this course, diminish rapidly every time you miss a class. There are always a few people who think "that doesn't apply to me"; that would be a terrible mistake to make.

Catalog description:

BIO 9. Our Living World: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. Designed for non-majors, is course is an introduction to the biological science behind important issues that face us today, such as those surrounding evolution, endangered species, conservation of ecosystems, and the behavior of organisms. By gaining an understanding of the scientific approach and the principles of evolution, ecology and behavior, students will be equipped to evaluate scientific developments and arguments in these and other issues as informed citizens. Lecture three hours. Note: Not open to Biological Sciences majors or students who have received credit for BIO 1 or BIO 2. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

Text: Audesirk, T., G. Audesirk & B.E. Byers. (2017) Biology: Life on Earth. Eleventh Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. ISBN 0-134-16829-1 (updated for Spring 2017)

Audesirk et al. 2017


Term Paper:

Handout: WordPerfect document pdf (updated for Spring 2017)

Sample term paper proposal (.pdf)

Sample term paper (.docx) (Melissa Miller's paper from Fall 2014, uploaded by permission of the author).

More Resources

National Center for Science Education (NCSE) (see the latest update from Texas, September 30, 2013)

Kitzmiller versus Dover case

Tree of Life



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