BIOL 225
Natural History of the Berkshires Fall 2009
Division III Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENVI 225 / INTR 225 / BIOL 225
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This field-lecture course examines the rich diversity of upland and wetland communities within a 20-mile radius of the Williams College campus. Lectures/discussions focus on the biological, geological, climatological, and historical underpinnings needed to observe, interpret, and analyze the biological communities in the region. The Field/lab sections will engage students in reading the landscape, field identification of indicator species, natural history, and using historical documents and materials ranging from photographic images, tax data, newspaper articles, and other resources. On a weekly basis students will write response papers that integrate field observations with reading assignments. Students will also undertake a longitudinal study of a specific site on a regular basis and write entries in a field journal on a weekly basis. These entries will serve as the foundation for a final research project report on the site.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory, six hours per week
Limit: 11
Expected: 11
Class#: 1269
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on field journal entries, field trip, reading responses, class presentations, and a final project report
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in Biology major
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 225 Division III INTR 225 Division III BIOL 225 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives

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