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Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

Introductory Biology: Animal Diversity

This life sciences course challenges students to think critically and demonstrate hypothetico-deductive reasoning within basic biological concepts, such as evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and development, while focusing on diversity within the animal kingdom. This course is intended for non-science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 103, BIO 105, BIO 110, or BIO 111.

Subject: BIO
Course Number: 103
Section Number: 3160
Units: 3
Instructor: West, Janelle

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Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
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Office: OC 4811
Office hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am in OC 4811; other days by appt.
Phone: x6145
Instructor notes: This course is 100% online; there is no on-campus testing requirement. Each week will include 3-4 lecture topics (videos, web page-type lectures, & text readings). Weekly assignments to complete include a discussion board posting, a set of homework study questions, and a quiz. Two large projects will be completed over the course of the semester. Please note that all assignments have specific windows of availability and specific due dates -- i.e., this is not a self-paced class. Feel free to contact me with any questions! Here's to a great semester :)

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