Course Description:

1.0 Credit

The course gives an introduction to zoology, with particular emphasis on the morphology and systematics of both vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition, the students should acquire basic knowledge in ethology, evolution, and human ecology (including an introduction to the biosphere and biodiversity).

Zoology is a course that will survey the nine major phyla of the kingdom Animalia. Zoology is the study of animal life. Zoologists research
everything they think to ask about animals, including their anatomy and interrelationships, their physiology and genetics, and their distributions and habitats. Human beings have been zoologists for as long as there have been human beings. As humans, we are intricately tied to animal life – we’ve depended on many of them for food, work, and friendship throughout our evolution and history….not to mention that we ARE animals!

Materials needed for class:

You will be completing all work online, however, you will be required to complete all readings and submit all assignments throughout the course.

Grading System:

A-100%-90%, B-89%-80%, C-79%-70%, D-69%-60%, F-Below 60%


Your final grade will be comprised of Exams, Activities, Projects and Handouts that we will be completing throughout the course online.

In order to receive the best grade possible and to obtain all requirements for the course, please follow the steps listed below:
• Complete each lesson, in order, as they are presented.
• Read the lesson and view any additional material the teacher provides (videos, links, etc.).
• Complete each assignment, as they appear, within the lesson. Do not skip assignments. This includes any essays, worksheets, projects, or lab activities.
• After reading all material for the lesson and obtaining a completed status on all work, proceed to the lesson’s quiz.
• Finally, upon finishing the entire course and completing all assignments, projects, essays, labs, quizzes, etc., take and submit the course survey.


Quizzes will be given after each lesson is completed. There is no time limit on completing each lesson, however, you cannot continue to the next lesson until you have completed the Quiz for that lesson. The quiz will cover concepts that were presented in that lesson.


1- Course Introduction
1- Course Description
2- Introduction
3- Course Links
4- MLA Formatting Word 2007
5- MLA Documentation updates
6- MLA Citation
7- MLA Incorporating Sources
8- Understanding Plagiarism

2- Science
1- What is Science?
2- Scientific Methodology
3- Graphing Data
4- Types of Graphs
5- The Application of Science

3- Chemical Basis of Life
6- Organic Compounds: Chemistry of Life
7- Carbohydrates
8- Lipids
9- Proteins
11- Nucleic AcidsHandout: Organic Compounds
Assignment: Organic Compounds12- Photosynthesis
13- Cellular RespirationHandout: Photosynthesis vs. Cellular Respiration
Assignment: Photosynthesis vs. Cellular RespirationQuiz: Chemical Basis of Life

4- Cell Biology
1- The History of the Cell Theory
2- Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells
3- Cell Structure and Function of Animal Cells
4- Cell Structure and Function of Plant Cells
5- Differences Between Animal and Plant Cells
6- Movement through the Cell
7- Passive Transport
8- Active TransportHandout: Cell Structure and Function
Assignment: Cell Structure and FunctionQuiz: Cell Biology Quiz

5- Anatomy and Physiology
1- Histology of Bone TissueHandout: Histology of Bone
Assignment: Histology of Bone2- The Human Brain
3- Circulation
4- Respiratory System
5- Vertebrate Sensory OrgansHandout: Vertebrate Sensory Organs
Assignment: Vertebrate Sensory Organs6- Vertebrate Integumentary SystemHandout: Vertebrate Integumentary System
Assignment: Vertebrate Integumentary SystemQuiz: Anatomy and Physiology Quiz

6- Evolution
1- The Theory of Evolution
2- Evidence to Support Evolution
3- Hominid Evolution
4- Darwin and Natural SelectionHandout: The Fossil Evidence for Evolution
Assignment: The Fossil Evidence for EvolutionQuiz: Evolution Quiz

7- Ecology
1- Abiotic Factors
2- Biotic FactorsHandout: Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors
Assignment: Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors3- Interruptions in an EcosystemHandout: Invasive Species
Assignment: Invasive Species4- Relationships Among OrganismsHandout: Symbiotic Relationships
Assignment: Symbiotic RelationshipsQuiz: Ecology Quiz

8- Classification and Kingdoms
1- Taxonomy
2- Linnaeus’ System of Classification
3- Kingdoms of Life
4- Kingdom Monera: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria
5- Kingdom Protista
6- Kingdom Fungi
7- Kingdom Plantae
8- Kingdom AnimaliaHandout: Directional Terms
Handout: Animal Symmetry
Assignment: Directional Terms
Assignment: Animal SymmetryQuiz: Classification and Kingdoms Quiz

9- Phylum Porifera
1- What is a Porifera?Handout: Investigating Sponges
Assignment: Investigating Sponges2- Form and Function in PoriferaHandout: Sponges
Assignment: SpongesQuiz: Porifera Quiz

10- Phylum Cnidaria
1- What is a Cnidaria?
2- Form and Function in Cnidaria
3- Groups of CnidariaHandout: Cnidarian Vocabulary
Handout: Cnidarian Word Scramble
Assignment: Cnidarian Vocabulary
Assignment: Cnidarian Word ScrambleQuiz: Cnidaria Quiz

11- Phylum Platyhelminthes
1- What is a Platyhelminthes?
2- Form and Function in Platyhelminthes
3- Groups of PlatyhelminthesHandout: Flatworms
Handout: Platyhelminthes Blood Fluke Investigation
Assignment: Flatworms
Assignment: Platyhelminthes Blood Fluke InvestigationQuiz: Platyhelminthes Quiz

12- Phylum Nematoda
1- What is a Nematoda?
2- Form and Function in Nematoda
3- Roundworms and Human DiseasesHandout: Roundworm Threats
Assignment: Roundworm ThreatsQuiz: Nematoda Quiz

13- Phylum Mollusca
1- What is a Mollusk?
2- Form and Function in Mollusks
3- Groups of MollusksHandout: Mollusks
Handout: Types of Mollusks
Handout: Four Types of Mollusks
Handout: Mollusk Population Survey
Handout: Mollusk Concept Map
Handout: Snail Anatomy
Assignment: Mollusks
Assignment: Types of Mollusks
Assignment: Four Types of Mollusks
Assignment: Mollusk Population Survey
Assignment: Mollusk Concept Map
Assignment: Snail AnatomyQuiz: Mollusca Quiz

14- Phylum Annelida
1- What is an Annelida?
2- Form and Function in AnnelidsHandout: Annelida Anatomy
Assignment: Annelida Anatomy3- Groups of AnnelidsHandout: Annelida Word Game
Assignment: Annelida Word GameQuiz: Annelida Quiz

15- Phylum Arthropoda
1- What is an Arthropod?
2- Form and Function in Arthropods
3- Groups of Arthropods – CrustaceansHandout: Investigating Crustaceans
Assignment: Investigating Crustaceans4- Groups of Arthropods – CheliceratesHandout: Studying Spider Webs
Assignment: Studying Spider Webs5- Groups of Arthropods – Uniramians
6- InsectsHandout: Arthropod Word Search
Handout: Arthropod Vocabulary
Assignment: Arthropod Word Search
Assignment: Arthropod VocabularyQuiz: Arthropod Quiz

16- Phylum Echinodermata
1- What is an Echinoderm?
2- Form and Function in Echinoderms
3- Groups of EchinodermsHandout: Echinoderm Vocabulary
Handout: Echinoderms
Handout: Groups of Echinoderms
Assignment: Echinoderm Vocabulary
Assignment: Echinoderms
Assignment: Groups of EchinodermsQuiz: Echinodermata Quiz

17- Mid-Term Exam
Quiz: Zoology Mid-Term

18- Fish
1- What is a Fish?
2- Form and Function in Fish
3- Groups of Fish – Jawless
4- Groups of Fish – Chondrichthyes
5- Groups of Fish – OsteichthyesHandout: Fish Anatomy
Handout: Fish Crossword Puzzle
Handout: Fish True and False
Assignment: Fish Anatomy
Assignment: Fish Crossword Puzzle
Assignment: Fish True and FalseQuiz: Fish Quiz

19- Amphibians
1- What is an Amphibian?
2- Form and Function in AmphibiansHandout: Form and Function in Amphibians
Handout: Amphibian Form and Function
Assignment: Form and Function in Amphibians
Assignment: Amphibian Form and Function3- Groups of AmphibiansHandout: Frog vs. Toad
Assignment: Frog vs. Toad4- The Decline of AmphibiansHandout: Mississippi Gopher Frog
Assignment: Mississippi Gopher FrogQuiz: Amphibian Quiz

20- Reptiles
1- What is a Reptile?
2- Form and Function in ReptilesHandout: Reptile Crossword Puzzle
Assignment: Reptile Crossword Puzzle3- Groups of ReptilesHandout: Extreme Reptiles: The Tuatara
Assignment: Extreme Reptiles: The TuataraQuiz: Reptile Quiz

21- Birds
1- What is a Bird?Handout: Bird Feathers
Assignment: Bird Feathers2- Form, Function, and FlightHandout: Bird Beaks
Handout: Bird Vocabulary Word Search
Assignment: Bird Beaks
Assignment: Bird Vocabulary Word Search3- Groups of BirdsHandout: Groups of Birds
Assignment: Groups of Birds4- The Mechanism of Flight in Birds
Quiz: Birds Quiz

22- Mammals
1- What is a Mammal?
2- Form and Function in Mammals
3- Diversity of MammalsHandout: Diversity of Mammals
Assignment: Diversity of MammalsQuiz: Mammals Quiz

23- Final Exam
Quiz: Zoology Final Exam

24- End of Course Survey
Handout: End of Course EvaluationAssignment: End of Course Evalution.