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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.

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.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND 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.
GOALS AND 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