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EBIO 1220 General Biology 2


Dr. Kimberly Noice


 Instructor Bio:

I started my academic career in biology as an undergrad at Ohio University. After I received my B.S. in Biology, I obtained my Ph.D. from University of Maine in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While I was in school, I was involved in various research projects including: The population genetics of the endangered Colorado pikeminnow, memory formation in sea slugs, kidney regeneration in skates and sharks, and the physiology of the hemoglobin-less Antarctic icefish. After grad school, I taught at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC both in-person and online. I am now an academic advisor at CU Boulder advising students in IPHY, EBIO and MCDB. I am passionate about science education and I am looking forward to exploring the world of Biology with you!

 Course Description:

Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors. Prereq., EBIO 1210 or equivalent. Credit not granted for this course and EPOB 2050 or 2650. Approved for GT-SC1. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the semester, you will 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
    • Understand the importance of oxygen in animals
    • Compare and contrast the different methods organisms use to deliver oxygen to their tissues
    • Understand the roles of different body systems
    • Explain why fungi are not classified as plants
    • Identify 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
Author: Urry
ISBN: 9780321813800
Edition: 1
This textbook is available through the CU Bookstore, it is also available online at and other textbook sellers.

Assignments and Grading

Assignment Number of Assignments Percent of Final Grade
Syllabus Quiz and Discussion Forums 8 10
Quizzes-Multiple Choice 12* 35
Quizzes- Short Answer 12* 20
Written Assignments 2 15
Final Exam 1 20

*Lowest short answer grade and lowest quiz grade will be thrown out.


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