BIOL 302 Fall 2012 Communities and Ecosystems (Q)

Cross Listed as ENVI312
An advanced ecology course that examines how organisms interact with each other and with abiotic factors. This course emphasizes phenomena that emerge in complex ecological systems, building on the fundamental concepts of population biology and ecosystem ecology. Lectures and workshops explore how communities and ecosystems are defined, and how theoretical, comparative, and experimental approaches are used to elucidate their structure and function. Field laboratories emphasize hypothesis-oriented experiments, some of which will continue with laboratory analyses; field trips introduce the diversity of natural communities and ecosystems in New England. Extensive use will be made of the 75-year database of the Hopkins Memorial Forest. Students will engage in a self-designed term project.
Class Format: lecture/laboratory, six hours a week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on lab reports, a term project presentation, a midterm exam, a midterm paper, and a final project paper
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Prerequisites: Biology/Environmental Studies 203 or 220
Enrollment Preference: Biology majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Department Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Environmental Biology Upper Level Electives,EXPE Experiential Education Courses
Enrollment Limit: 28
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 1098
BIOL302-01(F) LEC Communities and Ecosystems (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Henry W. Art
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Bronfman 107 1098
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