May 18, 2024  
College Catalog 2024-2025 
    
College Catalog 2024-2025

BIOL 302 - Invertebrate Animal Diversity


An introduction to the science of invertebrate zoology. The vast majority of animals are invertebrates, including beautiful and charismatic organisms such as corals and butterflies, and also pests and parasites such as mosquitoes and tapeworms. Students will become familiar with all major and some minor phyla of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater animals. Through lectures, discussions, field trips, dissections, and laboratory observations of live organisms students will learn to identify invertebrates and understand their anatomy, life cycles, and evolutionary history. Students will complete independent projects involving field collection and identification of either insects or shells (mollusks). Three lecture hours and one three-hour lab each week. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 180   Offered most years, fall semester (4 Credits)