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General Biology II

Unearth the secrets of life with Biology 102, synthesizing knowledge from evolutionary biology to the complexities of animal physiology and ecosystem dynamics.

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General Biology  II
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General Biology II is an immersive course that delves into the fundamental concepts and processes that shape the living world. Students will gain a deep understanding of the mechanisms driving evolution, the diversity of life on Earth, the intricate workings of the animal body, and the dynamic relationships between organisms and their environments. Through interactive virtual simulations, students will critically examine biological phenomena, apply theoretical principles to real-world scenarios, and evaluate the interconnections between biological systems.

Evolution: From genes to species

The course begins by investigating the core principles of evolution, including the formation of new species, population genetics, and adaptive evolution. Students will learn how to determine evolutionary relationships revealing the interconnectedness of life on our planet. 

Exploring the Diversity of Life

Uncover the fascinating world of prokaryotes and examine their unique structures and the vital roles they play in ecosystems. In contrast, by diving into animal anatomy and physiology, from digestion and the nervous system to hormones and the immune system, students will gain a deep understanding of how animals function and adapt to their environments.

Dynamic Ecosystems

The final section of the course focuses on ecology, exploring the complex interactions between organisms and their environments. Students will study biogeography, terrestrial and aquatic biomes, and the impacts of global climate change. They will investigate and appraise conservation strategies through scenario-based simulations, identifying the impacts of human intervention on natural habitats and formulating solutions to preserve ecological balance. By examining population dynamics, ecosystems, and food chains, students will gain valuable insights into the delicate balance that sustains life on Earth.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate and synthesize the concepts of evolution, ecology, and biodiversity
  • Compare and contrast different life forms and classify their evolutionary relationships
  • Explore and explain the functions of major animal systems

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Course Units


Evolution and the Origin of Species Introduction

Evolution: Are you related to a sea monster?

Evolution: Founding theories and principles

Evolution: Identifying a deep sea creature

Evolution: Journey of the canids

The Evolution of Populations

Evolution: Are you related to a sea monster?

Evolution: Founding theories and principles

Evolution: Generations of an allele

Phylogenies and the History of Life

Evolution: Are you related to a sea monster?

Evolution: Taxonomic tree of life

Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archea

Bacterial Cell Structures: An introduction to the bacterial cell

Evolution: Taxonomic tree of life

Cell Culture Basics: Plate, split and freeze human cells


Fermentation: Optimize bio-ethanol production

Plant Form and Physiology

Pigment Extraction: Use photosynthesis to produce biofuel and reduce pollution

Introduction to Animal Diversity

Animal Genetics

Evolution: Founding theories and principles

Evolution: Taxonomic tree of life

The Animal Body: Basic Form and Function

Thermal Homeostasis: Apply thermoregulation to climate change

Homeostatic Control: How does the human body keep itself in balance?

Animal Nutrition and the Digestive System

Absorption In the Small and Large Intestines: Journey from the stomach to the bloodstream

Your Diet and Your DNA

Intestinal Glucose Transport: Study a mouse intestine for diagnosis

The Nervous System

Gross Function of the Nervous System: Let your brain learn about itself

Introduction to the Central Nervous System: Explore your body’s command center!

The Peripheral Nervous System: Create a model of the nervous system

Sensory System

Sensory transduction: Learn why you feel pain when you get hit by a rock

The Endocrine System


Endocrinology: Learn how contraceptives work

The Muscoskeletal System

Skeletal System: Solve a missing person case

Muscle tissues: An overview

Skeletal Muscle: Learn about the muscles we use to walk and run

Skeletal Muscle Movement: Build your own muscle system

Smooth muscle: Learn how your gut contracts!

The Respiratory System

Anatomy of the Respiratory System: Help rebuild a broken system

Introduction to Pulmonary Ventilation: Process of respiration and physiology of the respiratory system

Cardio-respiratory Physiology: How can seals dive so deep for so long?

Cellular Respiration: Measuring energy consumption during exercise

The Circulatory System

Introduction to Echocardiography: Use different projections to diagnose patients

Blood Components: Dive into the microscopic world of blood cells!

Hematology: Introduction to Blood

Osmotic Regulation and Excretion

Osmosis and Diffusion: Choose the right solution for an intravenous drip

Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

The Immune System

Introduction to Immunology: Explore the immune system and save the world!

Antibodies: Why are some blood types incompatible?

Animal Reproduction and Development

Introduction to the Female Reproductive System

Introduction to the Male Reproductive System: Dive inside the duct system!

Exploring Human Reproductive Cells

Ecology and the Biosphere

Ecological niches: Choose the right Kuppelfang to bring to Earth!

Biomes: Identify and create the main biomes on Earth

Atmospheric Circulation, Climate, and Biomes: Determine the lab’s location!

Earth's Atmosphere

Human Impact on Climate Change: Balance human emissions and a growing population

Population and Community Ecology

Population Growth: Lets catch some goslins!

Landscape Ecology: Determine persistence in a spatially heterogeneous landscape


Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator

Food webs: Learn about interactions between trophic levels

Conservation Biology and Biodiversity

Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator

Biodiversity: Assess and compare biodiversity on an exoplanet

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