The course offers a survey of the animal kingdom and animal-like protists from an evolutionary perspective. Major lines of evolution will be traced as characteristics of each animal group are compared and contrasted. The taxonomy, diversity, behavior and ecology of all animal phyla will be studied with an emphasis on the functional anatomy of the major groups. Upon completion of this course, students will be proficient in classifying animal taxonomy and phylogeny, distinguish between major animal phyla and will be able to provide examples of major theories of evolution within the animal kingdom.
Note: For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with General Biology (BIOL 125) and Genetics (BIOL 225) or their equivalents.
How This Course Work
Courses are completely online: lectures, discussion boards, and even group projects.
You’ll be able to view course materials a full week before the class starts.
Once courses begin, assignments are due each week.
Complete labs virtually or in your own home.
Need help or have questions? In addition to instructor access, every student receives support from an advisor.