Invertebrate Zoology – bio330 (3 credits)
This course presents students with the study of invertebrates. Students will examine the ecology of invertebrates along with their structures and functions.
Unicellular and Primitive Multicellular Animals
- Identify traits of sponges and placozoans.
- Describe the roles water and air play in the lives of invertebrates.
- Compare invertebrate classification systems.
The Cnidarians, Ctenophores, and Molluscs
- Differentiate between cnidarians and ctenophores.
- Compare classes of molluscs.
- Describe the characteristics of parasitic and nonparasitic organisms.
- Explain how beneficial nematodes affect the environment.
- Compare and contrast platyhelminths and mesozoans.
- Discuss how parasites affect the spread of malaria.
- Categorize arthropods by their common characteristics.
Lophophorates and Deuterostomes
- Differentiate between hemichordates and nonvertebrate chordates.
- Formulate a research strategy related to invertebrates.
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