The philosophy of your instructor is fairly traditional among biology professors in colleges of arts and sciences. It is important to establish a solid foundation whether or not this is your only biology course. You will be better prepared for upper division courses with the breadth of material covered in the chosen text book. Although many students enrolled in this entry level course are presently planning careers in the health professions, most biology professors, yours included, consider it unacceptable to compromise your science education by offering you a strictly human anatomy and physiology course. Thus, even though there will be expanded coverage of animal structure - function biology in second semester Principles of Biology (and in the corresponding chapters of your text), all material in Campbell et al.'s Chapters 27 - 55 will be introduced: diversity, plant and animal structure and function, behavior and ecology.

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