BIOL 402
Topics in Ecology: Biological Resources
Last Offered Fall 2005
Division III Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENVI 404 / BIOL 402
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

A tutorial course investigating the patterns and processes in human-dominated ecosystems, especially those that produce food and fiber, process wastes, or provide a context for human activities such as recreation. The course will draw heavily upon the experiences that students have had in other biology courses. Topics will include: the relationships among diversity, ecosystem function, sustainability, resilience, and stability of biological resource systems, nutrient pools and processing in human-dominated ecosystems. Four field trips will be taken to biological resource sites in the region. These experiences will serve as introductions to readings and the topics of papers to be written by student participants. Each student will write four papers that deal with questions requiring extensive reading of primary resources. Paper presentations will alternate with serving as a critic of other student papers. Students will be given the opportunity to revise and rewrite two of the four papers in the week following their tutorial presentation thereby being able to respond to the criticism and discussion of the tutorial group.
The Class: Format: tutorial/field trip, one to three hours per week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1489
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on writing assignments, tutorial presentation, performance in the role of paper critic, and course participation
Prerequisites: Biology 203 or Biology 302 or Environmental Studies 203 or permission of instructor; open to juniors and seniors
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors who have not taken a 400-level course
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 404 Division III BIOL 402 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives

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