BIOL 2406 - ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

Principles of environmental systems and ecology, including biogeochemical cycles, energy transformations, abiotic interactions, symbiotic relationships, natural resources and their management, lifestyle analysis, evolutionary trends, hazards and ricks, and approaches to ecological research. 

This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 2306, Environmental Biology. Laboratory activities will reinforce principles of environmental systems and ecology, including biogeochemical cycles, energy transformations, abiotic interactions, symbiotic relationships, natural resources and their management, lifestyle analysis, evolutionary trends, hazards and risks, and approaches to ecological research.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Explain the structure and impact of biogeochemical cycles.
  • Describe energy transformations across trophic levels.
  • Illustrate abiotic/biotic interactions and symbiotic relationships
  • Identify various types of natural resources, human impact on these resources, and common resource management practices.
  • Quantify and analyze the impact of lifestyle on the environment.
  • Depict evolutionary trends and adaptations to environmental changes.
  • Describe environmental hazards and risks and the social and economic ramifications
  • Describe ecological and statistical techniques and approaches used in the study of environmental biology.
  • Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  • Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  • Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  • Explain the structure and impact of biogeochemical cycles.
  • Describe energy transformations across trophic levels.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 32.0