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Environmental Biology with Lab
ENVIR BIOLOGY
CLASS CODE: BIO 250 CREDITS:  4
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Biological Science requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Basic ecological principles in relationship to environmental issues. The environmental issues range from local to global and include direct and indirect human impact on ecosystems. This class includes a 2 hour lab to allow hands on understanding of what is covered in lecture. (Winter, Fall)
DESCRIPTION: This class emphasizes ecological relationships as we study environmental issues. All environmental issues are dealt with in an unbiased manner, looking at both sides and all the facts, and then allowing the student to make informed decisions about the issues. This is a highly interactive class with a lot of student participation. The lab is designed to be very real world oriented, real data with student interpretation is expected.
TOPICS: Scientific methods, history of environmentalism, ecosystem structure and function, community interactions, population growth, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, air quality issues, pollution, pesticides, and environmental economics.
OBJECTIVES: The prime objective of this class is to get the students to a point where they can critically analyze a situation and make an informed decision based on the facts available. The hope is that students will rely less on emotion and more on available information to make choices.
REQUIREMENTS: Quizzes and exams, critical thinking papers, group research paper and in class participation, as well as lab reports and a lab journal are required.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003