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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 320L
Course Title: *Ecology Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description: Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL/ENVS 320. Cross-listed as BIOL 320L. Prerequisite: BIOL 112L; BIOL/ENVS 320 or concurrent enrollment.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 112L; BIOL/ENVS 320 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

General Ecology Laboratory Manual
By Cox, G.W. (McGraw Hill)
Field and Laboratory Methods for General Ecology
By Bower, J.E., J.H. Zar and C.N. van Ende (McGraw Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply scientific method to ecological problems.
  2. Write a properly formatted written report using appropriate primary literature
  3. Apply common methods to estimate diversity.
  4. Demonstrate techniques in determining the distribution of individuals and population size
  5. Apply demographic techniques for analyzing populations.
  6. Master basic skills required in ecological research.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Data gathering and instrumentation
  • Microhabitats
  • Dispersion
  • Community Ecology
  • Productivity
  • Biogeography
  • Nutrients and growth
  • Aquatic environments
  • Succession

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: September 10, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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