Jul 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 2406 - Environmental Biology


4 Credits (3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab.) A one-semester survey of the interrelationships between the biotic and abiotic parts of the environment and how man affects them. Topics include: basic ecological principles; energy; human influences on ecosystems; and pollution and policy making. Laboratory experiences will reinforce these topics. Field trips required. (0301035101) Prerequisite: College Level Readiness in Reading AND Writing; MATH 0308  or MATH 0309  
Course Outcomes
1 - Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
2 - Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
3 - Communicate effectively the results of investigations.
4 - Explain the structure and impact of biogeochemical cycles.
5 - Describe energy transformations across trophic levels.
6 - Illustrate abiotic/biotic interactions and symbiotic relationships.
7 - Identify various types of natural resources, human impact on these resources, and common resource management practices.
8 - Quantify and analyze the impact of lifestyle on the environment.
9 - Depict evolutionary trends and adaptations to environmental changes.
10 - Describe environmental hazards and risks and the social, economic, and political ramifications.
11 - Describe ecological and statistical techniques and approaches used in the study of environmental biology.
12 - Employ teamwork for a shared purpose or goal.