Introduction to Zoology
  • Course ID: BIO 303
  • Subject: Biological Sciences

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The Zoology online 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 zoology online 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 zoology online course, it is recommended that students are familiar with General Biology (BIOL 125) and Genetics (BIOL 225) or their equivalents.



Our Zoology course is a great addition to degree programs that are already underway. Students may also take this course to complete a different degree program not affiliated with Doane University. Doane's Open Learning Courses are not a part of any degree program at Doane University. If you are interested in starting a degree program at Doane, please visit our website at www.doane.edu.

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Labs fall into three categories: at-home labs, laboratory kits and virtual labs. At-home labs use commonly found household items or things that can easily be purchased and come with a set of instructions on how to complete the lab. Laboratory kits are used in this course and are very similar to at home-labs - items and directions required to complete the lab are sent directly to you via the purchase of a lab kit. Virtual labs are also used in this course and use designed simulations which walk you through any experiment and will ask you lab-related questions. Hands-on labs may require a video of you performing the lab and/or a completed lab report.

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How This Course Works

Courses are completely online: lectures, discussion boards, and even group projects.

You'll be able to view course materials at the start of term.

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.

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