NATS 104: LIFE ON EARTH
Spring Semester, 2006
Class Schedule
(tentative*)

READINGS: Textbook Starr. Basic concepts in BIOLOGY. 5th ed. 6th ed. Brooks/Cole
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Lect. Date Lecture Topic Readings
1 Jan 11 w Overview and Organization Syllabus
  Jan 13 f Scientific Method (Definition DUE in class) p.12or11 WK 1. Txt
Jan 16 No Classes - MLK Day
2 Jan 18 w Nature of Science Chapter 1
  Jan 20 f Orders of Complexity (Sci.Meth.Hypoth.DUE begin class) WK 2. LecWK2
3 Jan 23 m Atoms, Molecules & Life Chapters 2 & 3
4 Jan 25 w Biogeochemical Cycles Chapter 30 or 28
  Jan 27 f Ecological Systems (Sci.Meth.Report DUE begin class) WK3 Int.WK4 LWK3
5 Jan 30 m Origin & Evolution of Life Chapter 19 or 18
6 Feb 1 w Origin of Sex - Genetics Chapters 8 & 10
  Feb 3 f Genetically Modified Foods (DUE beginning of class) PntSqr & WK 4
7 Feb 6 m Cells and Viruses Chp 4 & 20.4 or 19.4
8 Feb 8 w Genes to Organisms Chapter 12
  Feb 10 f GM Food Debate (Pro&Con at start of class + Eval. at end) WK 5 pdf
9 Feb 13 m Molecular Biology       Feb 12 Darwin's Day Chapter 13
10  Feb 15 w Theory of Evolution Chapter 16
  Feb 17 f Review for LECTURES 1 - 10 GTA Review Quiz 1
Feb 20 m       100 pt. EXAM #1     Example a b
11 Feb 22 w Evolutionary Trends & Extinction 29 or 27
  Feb 24 f Library Resources - Scientific Writing WK 6 pdf
12 Feb 27 m Evolution, Extinction & Future Chapter 17
13 Mar 1 w Human Evolution 24.9-11 or 23.10-12
  Mar 3 f Human Evolution WK 7
14 Mar 6 m Global Climate and Life   w 7th   Chapter 31 or 29
15 Mar 8 w Terrestrial ecosystems Chapter 31 or 29
  Mar 10 f Biomes WK 8 pdf
Mar 11-19 No Classes - SPRING BREAK optional exercise pdf
16 Mar 20 m Terrestrial ecosystems Chapter 31 or 29
17 Mar 22 w Aquatic Ecosystems Chapter 31 or 29
  Mar 24 f Review LECTURES 11 - 17 2ndExam Review
Mar 27 m       100 pt. EXAM #2     Example a b
18 Mar 29 w Dinosaurs & extinct ecosystems Chapter 24 or 23
  Mar 31 f Biodiversity WK 9 rtf pdf
19 Apr 3 m Species Interaction & Succession 29 or 27
20 Apr 5 w Species Interaction & Succession 29 or 27
  Apr 7 f Human Population WK 10 rtf pdf
21 Apr 10 m Population Dynamics 27 or 26
22 Apr 12 w Human Population Dynamics 27 or 26
  Apr 14 f Climate Change WK 11 rtf pdf
23 Apr 17 m Risk and Toxicology [pdf]
24 Apr 19 w Human Disease [pdf]
  Apr 21 f Peer Review Papers     TERM PAPER FIRST DRAFT DUE WK 12 rtf pdf
25 Apr 24 m Air Pollution and Life [pdf]
26 Apr 26 w Geologic Record, Climate, Life [pdf]
  Apr 28 f (peer review) REVISED TERM PAPER FINAL DRAFT DUE WK 13 rtf pdf
27 May 1 m Greenhouse Warming and Life 32 or 30
28 May 3 w Ozone Depletion and Life LDC 32 or 30 or pdf
May 10 w   100 pt. EXAM #3  2:00-3:00 pm (in ILC 120)   Example a b   3rdExam Review
  Wkshp. Glossary & Bibliography
*IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE:
THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE - it will be updated - revision Feb 2 '06.

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