BI 315 Vertebrate Zoology
Sample Course Syllabus
Pre-requisite: BI 110 General Zoology
Instructor: Dr. Lee Boyd, ext. 2081, firstname.lastname@example.org
Text: Pough, F.H., Janis C.M., and J.B. Heiser. 2002. Vertebrate Life, 6th ed., Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
1. Learn the current system of vertebrate classification, including the
newer cladistic approach, and the traditional evolutionary one.
2. Become familiar with the anatomical, physiological and ecological characters associated with each of the vertebrate groups.
3. Consider the evolutionary relationships of both fossil and living groups, including the movements of continental land masses and the resulting effects on zoogeographic distribution.
4. Become familiar with some of the techniques for studying vertebrates, including collection, preservation, data recording, curation of museum collections, and field studies.
5. Become familiar with discipline-specific professional societies and their journals. Read some primary literature to see how the scientific method has been used to study vertebrates.
6. Learn about possible careers related to the study of vertebrates.
Course Grade: There will be five examinations, with scores recorded in percentages. An additional two-sevenths of your grade will be derived from:
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1 & 7
Relationships and Structure 2
and Structure 2
Living in Water 4
4 EXAM 1
5 Bony Fishes 6
6 Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods 8
7 EXAM 2
13 & 14
11 Avian Morphology 15
12 Avian Ecology 16
13 EXAM 4
Origin of Mammals 17 & 18
14 Mammalian Radiations 19 & 20
15 Mammalian Ecology 21