ECOL-100 Introduction to the Science of Ecology
An introduction to ecology and its relationships with other disciplines of science. Emphasizes analysis of current problems in the ecological sciences, particularly as they relate to decisions that students will have to make as citizens of a scientific/technological society.
ECOL-113 Geology and the Environment
Fundamental concepts and principles of geology and the processes and materials that interact at the surface of the Earth. The course includes rocks and minerals, plate tectonic interactions, weathering and erosion, the cycling of materials through different environments, and how we use these resources.
Ecosystem ecology addresses the interactions between organisms and their environment as an integrated system. The physical setting for an ecosystem, the climate, geology, and soils interact with water, nutrients and energy to control the organisms that thrive there.
ECOL-202 Systematic Biology
A survey and introduction to the kingdoms of life: the prokaryotes, eukaryotic protests, fungi, animals, and plants. The diversity of these organisms allows students to explore concepts of phylogeny, taxonomy and evolution through cladistic analyses.
ECOL-380 Wetlands Analysis
Wetlands are complex environments that are controlled by chemical, biological and physical interactions. The course explores the structure, function, management, and jurisdictional delineation of non-tidal freshwater wetlands. Lecture material covers the history of wetlands use/abuse, current definitions, and analysis of the common indicators of wetland function; hydrology, soils and vegetation. The laboratory consists of plant identification, techniques for hydric soil analysis, identification of wetland hydrology indicators using current methodologies for delineation of jurisdictional wetlands.
ECOL-501 Independent Study
ECOL-510 Student Research I
Introduces students to methods and techniques of ecological research in the context of a collaborative research project.
ECOL-511 Student Research II
Collaborative research with an emphasis on presentation of data and explanation of results.