Henderson State University  - General Zoology Lecture and Lab

Fall 2014


Week Lecture Laboratory Relevant Links Reading
Week 1. August 25-29


Monday: Introduction to course

Wednesday: The nature of biology as a science, part I.

Friday: The nature of biology as a science, conclusion.  HOMEWORK 1 is due at the start of class.

No lab this week New York Times subscription link. Cost: $5 for first 12 weeks. Visitors can read 10 articles per month.

Link to original article on otters.

C&R: Chapter 1
Week 2. September 1-5 Monday. No class. Labor day.

Friday. Taxonomy and systematics. (What is an animal?)

Thursday. Measurements in science. The metric system. Tree of Life Project

Link to the "Cave of Magic" page. Use this to complete your "scientific method" assignment. Due Monday at 8.

C&R 495-497 and Chapter26
Week 3. September 8-12 Monday. Metric lab due at 8 AM.  Extremophile video.

Wednesday. Conclusion of Taxonomy and Systematics. Macromolecules: Carbohydrates.

Friday. Macromolecules: Lipids, proteins.

Tuesday. Introduction to microscopy.  Note: Check NYT for a discussion article.

Thursday. Cells and tissues, part I. Web support material.

Crash course video: The nature of water

Crash course video: Carbon

Crash course video: Carbohydrates and lipids

Review Chapters 2 and 3 as needed.  Read Chapters 4 and 5.
Week 4.Sept. 15-19


Monday. Nucleic acids.

Wednesday and Friday. Cell division.  Friday: NYT article discussion.

Tuesday. Conclusion of cells and tissues.

Thursday. Protista [Lytle Ch. 5]

Crash course video: DNA and RNA

Crash course video: Mitosis

Crash course video: Meiosis

Chapters 12 and 13.
Week 5

Sept. 22-26

Monday. Lecture exam I.

Wednesday and Friday. Introduction to heredity.


Tuesday. Completion of Protista.

Thursday.  Phylum Porifera [Lytle Chap. 6, and Campbell p. 646-648.] Note: Lab exam I is one week from today.

  Chapters 14 and 15
Week 6

Sept. 29-Oct 3

Monday. Types of mutations.

Wednesday. Introduction to evolution.

Friday. Evidence for evolution.

Tuesday and Thursday. The radiate animals. [Lytle Chap. 7 and Campbell 648-651.] Phylum Cnidaria and Phylum Ctenophora.   Chapter 22
Week 7

Oct. 6-10

Monday. Analogy and homology. Evolution in real time.

Wednesday and Friday. Evolution of populations.

Tuesday. Lab exam I.

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

  Chapter 23
Week 8.

Oct. 13-17

Monday. Types of selection.

Wednesday. Speciation.

Thursday and Friday: Fall break.

Tuesday Pseudocoelomates [Chapter 10]   Chapter 24
Week 9

Oct. 20-24

Monday. No class.

Wednesday. Cephalopod video.

Friday. Speciation.  Note: Lecture exam is 1 week from today.

Tuesday. Ascaris dissection.

Thursday.  Phylum Mollusca [Lytle Chap. 11, and 656-659 in Campbell and Reece.] Practice questions.

  Chapter 24.
Week 10. Monday. Conclusion of speciation material. Announced quiz.

Wednesday. Review for exam.

Friday. Lecture exam II.

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

Thursday. Animal Development.  Lytle Chap. 4.

Week 11.  Nov. 3-7 Monday and Wednesday. Homeostasis, ions and water. Chap. 44.

Friday. No class (INBRE Conference).  Work on assignment given in class on Wednesday.

Tuesday.  Review.

Thursday. Lab exam II.

  Chapter 44
Week 12. Nov 10-14 All week. Group projects. Tuesday and Thursday.  Phylum Arthropoda,  Subphylum Crustacea: The Crayfish. [Lytle Ch. 13.]    
Week 13. Nov 17-21 Monday. Saving the Eagles.

Wednesday and Friday. Temperature Homeostasis.

Tuesday. Phylum Arthropoda, continued. Uniramia Grasshopper, and arthropod diversity. Lytle Chap. 13.

 Thursday. Echinodermata. Lytle Chap. 14.


  Chapter 44
Week 14. Nov 24 -28 Monday. The importance of scale in biology. No class Wed, Thurs or Fri. (Thanksgiving) Tuesday. Phylum Chordata. Chap. 15.    
Week 15. Dec 1-5 Monday and Wednesday. Circulation.

Wednesday and Friday. Gas Exchange.

Tuesday and Thursday. Phylum Chordata, continued. Chap. 15   Chapter 42.
Week 16

Dec 8-12

Monday. Lecture exam III.

Wednesday. In lab review time for lab exam.

Friday. Course conclusion. Final exam review.

Tuesday. Work as needed. Complete Chordata and/or review for final.

Thursday. Final lab exam. Comprehensive.



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Last updated  

4 December 2014