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BIOL 414. Paleobiology

Credits: 3
Department: Biology
Description: Ancient life from the Precambrian microorganism through Cenozoic macrofossils. Trace fossils, ancient animals/plants, extinction.
Prerequisites: BIOL 306 or BIOL 308
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate scientific literacy by defining and explaining the major steps in the scientific method of investigation; specifically the difference between empirical data, interpretation, testable hypothesis, theory, paradigm, speculation, and pseudo-science.
2. Apply general math skills such as unit conversion, ratios, and percentages to solving simple rate problems; evaluate data, produce, and interpret tables and graphs; apply the metric system of measurement.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the geologic time scale and methods of measuring geologic time.
4. Identify and classify the common earth materials, such as most common minerals, rocks, and fossils in the lab and in the field and their basic relationship to common natural resources.

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