BIO 2040 Vertebrate Zoology      Spring 2009

David Zeigler Phone: 521-6610
Oxendine 2101A

Catalog Description: The biology of the several Classes of vertebrate animals, both living and extinct, with emphasis on their diversity, evolution, morphology, physiology, and behavior. Lecture. Credit 3 semester hours. PREREQ: Biology 1000 & 1020

Goals: To be knowledgable about the various vertebrate classes and major variations within each. To know the major pattern of evolution within the vertebrates, including important fossil species. To know how various vertebrates reproduce, move, and sense their environment, and to know some aspects of vertebrate physiology, especially concerning metabolism, digestion, and excretion.

Required Text: There is no required text, but there will be readings in the form of numerous handouts.

Grading: There will be 4 Exams which each count 20% of the course. The remaining 20% of the course will come from a recognition exam of vertebrate photos and drawings. I will use the 10-point grading scale (80-89.9 = B, etc.) and I will use the +/- system, assigning B-, B, or B+ within the B range, etc. My web site (above) includes my list of tips for success in university coursework. If you haven’t checked it out, you might still benefit greatly from some of the ideas listed there.

Cheating: Cheating on exams will result in a zero on that exam.

Cell Phones: No professor (or student) appreciates cell phones ringing in the class. Please turn them off or to vibrator mode while in class—OFF is preferable, unless you are expecting an emergency call.

Class Visitors: You must get permission from me beforehand if on occassion you have someone with you who you want to sit in on the class session (especially so in the case of children).

Attendance: I of course expect attendance at every class meeting (both lecture & lab). If you are a responsible adult who cares about your education, you will strive for perfect attendance. I will not take attendance nor will you be either rewarded or punished for your attendance habits. Missed class notes (except handouts) will not be obtained from me. If you miss an exam for a valid reason, it is totally your responsibility to ask about and arrange a make-up exam. You should contact me within 48 hours of the missed exam if possible.

Behavior: I expect you to be aware of the contents of the Academic Honor Code, found in Section IV. Rights and Responsibilites of the Student Handbook (online and hardcopy), and its wording on cheating, plagiarism, academic dishonesty, and the Code of Conduct. I especially stress that you should be in class to take notes, ask questions, give input when it is pertinent, and to give your attention to what is being presented in the class. Any continued/repetitive form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. You need to be respectful of the material presented and of your fellow students who have come to learn the material. As laid out in the Student Handbook under Code of Conduct (items 15 & 17), disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Should disruptive behavior become excessive, you will be asked to leave the classroom, and you must seek permission from me before reentering the class on the next class day. Continued problem behavior will be reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and you may be administratively withdrawn from the class. DO NOT bring food to class. Drinks will be tolerated if you are careful and clean up any spilled liquid.

Closing Hotline: The school does at times cancel classes for all or part of a day, usually due to bad weather. To find out if classes are running as usual, call the University Hotline at: (910) 521-6888.

DISABILITY: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is required to speak directly to Disablility Support Services and the instructor as early as possible, preferably within the 1st week. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact: Disability Support Services, DF Lowery Building or call 521-6695 for an appointment.


Unit I : Chordate & Vertebrate Origins
            The Fish:
             Evolution, Taxonomy, Reproduction, Physiology, Senses, Locomotion & Behavior
     EXAM I

Unit II : Amphibians & Reptiles:
           Evolution, Taxonomy, Reproduction, Physiology, Senses, Locomotion & Behavior
     EXAM II

Unit III : Dinosaurs & Birds
           Evolution, Taxonomy, Reproduction, Physiology, Senses, Locomotion & Behavior

Unit IV : Mammals
          Evolution, Taxonomy, Reproduction, Physiology, Senses, Locomotion & Behavior
      Humans--evolution and special characteristics
      Vertebrate conservation and preservation.
     EXAM IV