Course Description:
Concepts and structures in biology taught through direct observation and illustrative techniques. Lecture topics include plant ID and structure, microscopic life forms, anatomy and identification of animals. Laboratory work emphasizes close observation of structures and comparative anatomy as well as illustrative techniques to produce accurate drawings of specimens. 

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate biological knowledge of diversity, anatomy, taxonomy and macroevolutionary shifts in life forms.
  • Describe similarities in skills sets between scientific illustration and biology, including perceptual skills in recording visual data from direct observation, attention to detail, awareness of patterns, and the visual isolation of parts of a whole.
  • Compare and contrast conceptual and perceptual drawings.
  • Generate accurate illustrations that incorporate observational data, drawing skills, and biological understanding.
  • Critique scientific illustrations by evaluating biological accuracy, drawing skills and communication.
  • Demonstrate ability to use compound and dissecting microscopes to observe and measure anatomical structures.
  • Utilize dichotomous keys and scientific descriptions to identify unknown organisms.
  • Use observational skills to collect visual data and make conclusions about anatomy/function and evolutionary relationships.