EBIO 1220 General Biology 2

Instructor Contact:

Jennifer van de Kamp, PhD

Email: Jennifer.vandeKamp@colorado.edu

About the Course:

Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors.

Course Prerequisite: EBIO 1210 or equivalent.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe how life evolved on Earth.
  • Describe how organisms are classified.
  • Recall the different categories of organisms.
  • Categorize organisms.
  • Explain why classifications can change.
  • Compare and contrast the major characteristics of different types of organisms.
  • Explain the importance of oxygen in animals.
  • Compare and contrast the different methods organisms use to deliver oxygen to their tissues.
  • Explain the roles of different body systems.
  • Explain why fungi are not classified as plants.
  • Explain the advantage that flowers and seeds provide.
  • Summarize how coevolution works.
  • Describe exponential growth of populations and explain why this rarely ever happens in nature.
  • Identify the different types of species interactions.
  • Explain the scientific consensus on climate change.
  • Apply the scientific method to the problem of climate change.

Required Text:


  • Campbell, Biology in Focus, 3rd edition with Mastering Biology
  • Author: Urry, Cain, Wasserman, and Minorsky
  • ISBN: 9780136609544


Assignment Type Percent of Final Grade
Discussions 20
Homework 30
Quizzes 30
Final Exam 20

Letter grades will be assigned according to the total points earned in the course, weighted by the percentages listed above:

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
93-100 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 <60

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Boulder, Colorado