Environmental Biology Laboratory

BIOL 2106

Updated August 30, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 0301035101
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Introduction to basic ecological principles, biotic and abiotic interrelationships in aquatic and terrestrial communities and environmental issues that have national and global effects.
Lecture hours = 0, Lab hours = 3

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Natural Sciences

  • To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences.
  • To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both orally and in writing.
  • To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To comprehend the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
  • To understand the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  • To help students understand basic environmental issues
  • To provide students an opportunity and appreciation of environmental topics
  • To make students aware of various environmental topics

Specific Course Objectives

  • Outline the sets of the scientific method
  • Identify microscopic organism by using the microscope
  • Identify cell structures and function
  • Identification of plants and plant parts (structure and function)
  • Explain animal diversity (function and structure)
  • Develop a portfolio concerning the field weekend experience
  • Collect data related to environmental issues and write summary of 10 articles


  • Students will be graded on the following scale: 90-100=A, 80-89=B , 70-79=C, 60-69=D, below 60=F. Failure to complete any of the following requirements will be penalize a grade.
  • Environmental Articles = 10%
  • Final = 20%
  • Portfolios =40%
  • Participation = 20%
  • Lab Assignments = 10%

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