BIOL 302
Communities and Ecosystems
Last Offered Fall 2013
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed BIOL 302 / ENVI 312
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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, community ecology, and ecosystem science. 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 of the region. There will be one all-day field trip to Mt. Greylock State Reservation. Extensive use will be made of the 75-year database of the Hopkins Memorial Forest. Students will engage in self-designed term project.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory, six hours a week
Limit: 28
Expected: 24
Class#: 1149
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on lab reports, a midterm exam, a term project presentation, and a final project paper
Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203 or 220
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 302 Division III ENVI 312 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
ENVS Group EB-A Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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