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BIOL 1025 - Field Biology

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 2
Course Description: This is a lab science course dealing with interrelationships between environmental influences and organisms as well as surveying flora and fauna. Concerns considered include climate change, ozone depletion, ground water contamination, acid rain, and hazardous waste disposal. This is an experience-centered course in which students have the opportunity to learn fundamental environmental principles, basic concepts of biology, and conservation through integrated laboratory and lecture presentation and field work. This is a lab science general education course.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: High school biology or BIOL 1020  or equivalent.

Major Content
  1. Environmental problems
  2. Ecological principles
  3. Biodiversity
  4. Natural resources
  5. Pollution
  6. Sustainability

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

  1. Explain relationships between the plant and animal world and the influence of the environment on all levels of plant and animal organization.
  2. Discuss the principles and techniques of systematics using flora and fauna and the principles governing distribution of organisms
  3. Explain changes of living things through time, e.g., ecological succession.
  4. Describe attitudes which lead to constructive action on social and economic problems of wide concern, e.g., conservation.
  5. Discuss ones place in the total picture and health of the natural world.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.
Competency 2 (7-10)
10. 01. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
10. 02. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
10. 04. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
10. 05. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.

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