Henderson State University  - General Zoology Lecture and Lab

Spring 2014


Week Lecture Laboratory Relevant Links Reading
Week 1. January 13-17


Monday: Registration

Wednesday: Introduction to course

Friday: The nature of biology as a science

Tuesday: No lab

Thursday: Making measurements, working with numbers." Bring a calculator.

New York Times subscription link. Cost: $5 for first 12 weeks. Visitors can read 10 articles per month. C&R: Chapter 1
Week 2. January 20-24 Monday. No Class.  Martin Luther King Day.  Your assignment: watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

Wednesday. Conclusion of otter lecture. Experimental test assignment is due at the start of class. Link to original article.

Friday. What is an animal? Taxonomy and systematics.

Tuesday. Care and use of the compound microscope.

Thursday. Cells and Tissues, part 1. Web support material. Bring your lab book and your scantrons.

Link to the Cave of Magic. Assignment will be given in class on Wednesday. Due in class on Friday.

NYT discussion article of the week

Reading: Finish Chapter 1, and pages 495-497 and 529-531.
Week 3. January 27-31 Monday. Conclusion of taxonomy and systematics. A quiz was given.

Wednesday. "Excursion into interest" #1. Extremophiles!

Friday. Macromolecules: Carbohydrates and Lipids.

Tuesday. Conclusion of cells and tissues.

Thursday.  Protista [Lytle Ch. 5]

Tree of Life Project

NYT discussion article of the week

Reading: Review Chapters 2 and 3 as needed.  Read Chapters 4 and 5.
Week 4. February 3-7 Monday. Macromolecules continued. Why does fat taste good?  Protein structure and function. Lecture exam #1 is one week from today.

Wednesday. Nucleic Acids.  Friday.

The cell cycle: mitosis and cytokinesis.


Tuesday. Protista, part 2. Class cancelled due to weather. Plan on finishing the protists on your own time.

Tuesday.  Phylum Porifera [Lytle Chap. 6, and Campbell p. 646-648.]

Mitosis video

Meiosis video

NYT discussion article of the week

Reading: Review Chapters 2 and 3 as needed.  Read Chapters 4 and 5.

Chapters 12 and 13.

Week 5. February 10-14 Monday. Lecture exam 1. Bring a pencil.

Wednesday.  Meiosis.

Friday. Introduction to inheritance.

Tuesday and Thursday. The radiate animals. [Lytle Chap. 7 and Campbell 648-651.] Phylum Cnidaria and Phylum Ctenophora. Anemone eating video

Great related article!

NYT discussion article of the week

Chapter 14.
Week 6. February 17-21 Monday. DNA replication and protein synthesis.  Link to Meselson and Stahl video  Protein synthesis video

Wednesday and Friday. Mutations and errors as the source of variation.  

Tuesday. Lab exam 1.

Thursday. Mitosis.

NYT discussion article of the week. Chapter 15. (16 and 17, as needed)
Week 7. February 24-28 Monday. Conclusion of genetics section. Polymerase Chain Reaction. If we have time, we'll start on Evolution.

Wednesday. No class. (I am judging a science fair at the School of Math, Science and the Arts.)

Friday. Introduction to Evolution.

Tuesday. Working with data collected last week.  Bring a calculator.

Thursday. Animal morphology [Chap. 8] and Phylum Platyhelminthes [Chap. 9] in Lytle. Also  652-654 in Campbell and Reece.

The blue Fugates

NYT discussion article of the week.

Chapter 22.
Week 8.

3 March-7 March

Monday. Class cancelled due to weather.

Wednesday and Friday. Evidence for evolution. Homology and analogy. Molecular genetics. Evolution of cave animals.

Nematode assignment is due at the start of class on Friday.  NOTE: LECTURE EXAM II IS FRIDAY, MARCH 14.

Tuesday and Thursday. Pseudocoelomates [Chapter 10]. Link to a short video on Dr. Serban Sarbu and Movile Cave.

NYT discussion article of the week.

Chapter 23.
Week 9.

March 10-14.

Monday and Wednesday.  The evolution of populations. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Types of selection.

Friday. Lecture exam II. Room will open at 7:30.

Tuesday. Animal Development. Chap. 4

Thursday.  Phylum Mollusca [Lytle Chap. 11, and 656-659 in Campbell and Reece.] Practice questions  Note: Lab exam II is one week from today.

  Chapter 23.


Week 10.

March 17-21

Monday. Sexual selection.  Evolution in the absence of selection.

Wednesday. Speciation.

Tuesday. Complete Mollusca. Review for lab exam.

Thursday. Lab exam II. BE READY!

Week 11. March 31-April 4 Monday. Conclusion of Evolution material. "Saving the Eagles."

Wednesday. The importance of scale in biology.

Friday. Homeostasis, ions and water.

Tuesday. Phylum Annelida [Lytle Chap. 12, and 659-661 in Campbell and Reece.]

Thursday. Phylum Arthropoda,  Subphylum Crustacea: The Crayfish. [Lytle Ch. 13]

NYT discussion article of the week Chapter 44.
Week 12. April 7-11 Monday. Nephron group work. All students.

Wednesday. Group presentations, "A" groups.

Friday. Group presentations, "B" groups. Note: Lecture exam III is one week from today.

Tuesday and Thursday.  Phylum Arthropoda, continued. Grasshopper and survey of arthropod diversity. [Lytle Ch. 13] No NYT discussion this week.  
Week 13. April 14-18 Monday and Wednesday. Conclusion of homeostasis, ions and water.  Start homeostasis, temperature.

Friday. Lecture exam III.

Phylum Echinodermata. Lytle Chap. 14.

Thursday. Phylum Chordata. Chap. 15. Note: Lab exam is two weeks from today: 1 May.

No NYT discussion this week. Chap. 40
Week 14. April 21-25 Monday and Wednesday. Circulation

Friday. Gas exchange

Tuesday and Thursday. Phylum Chordata, continued. NYT discussion Chap. 42
Week 15. April 28-May 2 Monday. Conclusion of gas exchange.

Friday. Conclusion of class. Information on graduate schools. Information on the final. Book award.

Sunday. 2 PM.  Review session for lecture final. 

Tuesday, Review lab

Thursday, Lab final






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