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. 

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

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.

Invertebrate Worms

  • Describe the characteristics of parasitic and nonparasitic organisms.
  • Explain how beneficial nematodes affect the environment.
  • Compare and contrast platyhelminths and mesozoans.

The Arthropods

  • 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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