Biology 325: Field Ecology
An introductory field ecology course that will cover comparative, experimental and theoretical approaches to basic and applied questions in ecology. Field and laboratory exercises will treat various levels of organization including populations, communities and ecosystems. Studies will be carried out in a variety of local aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Students will gain first-hand experience with modern sampling and analytical techniques in ecology.
Prerequisite: Biology 105 and Biology 349 (may be taken concurrently). (Fall)
Biology 326: Introduction to Limnology
The physical, chemical and biological character of lakes and streams. Methods of field measurements, collection and analysis of water samples. Investigation of aquatic communities.
Prerequisite: One term of general biology, one year of general chemistry, and consent of instructor. (Fall)
Biology 327: Microbial Ecology
A study of the activities of microorganisms in a variety of natural habitats and their relevance to the overall quality of the environment. Emphasis will be on specific processes; transformations in biogeochemical cycles, symbiotic relationships, microbial relationships with other living organisms, hydrocarbon oxidations, and biotransformation of novel compounds.
Prerequisite: Biology 231, 233, 309 or consent of instructor.
Biology 336: Fresh Water Algae
Classification, biochemistry, physiology and ecology of fresh water algae. Emphasis on the roles algae play in aquatic ecosystems and on applications in environmental monitoring, aquaculture, and as experimental systems for basic research in photosynthesis.
Prerequisite: Biology 231, Biology 233 or Biology 309.
Biology 349: Ecology and Evolution
Basic principles which influence and govern the plant and animal relations with their environments. An explanation of the distribution, abundance, and specialization of the present-day organisms, and of extinction.
Prerequisite: One term of general biology. (Fall/Spring)
Biology 376: Population and Community Ecology
An introduction to the study of populations and communities. Examines population-level phenomena (e.g., density, demography, reproduction) and population-level interactions within biological communities (e.g., competition, predation, parasitism). Labs involve discussions of papers from the literature, data analysis, and computer simulations.
Prerequisite: Biology 349 or consent of instructor. (Fall)
Biology 386: Systems Ecology
An introduction to the study of ecosystems with an emphasis on biogeochemical cycles, energy budgets, and other emergent properties. Laboratory will focus on comparative and experimental approaches to the study of local ecosystems (streams, lakes, wetlands, forests). Students will acquire hands-on experience with techniques used by ecosystem ecologists such as nutrient analysis of streamwater, determination of ecosystem metabolism, and analysis of forest and wetland soils.
Prerequisite: Biology 349 or consent of instructor.