BIO 41L Ecology Laboratory (1)
Lab-52.5, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
A laboratory course examining the fundamental concepts of ecology and applying these concepts to field observations and experiments. The course will focus on understanding biodiversity and factors influencing the abundance and distribution of living organisms in California and is designed to augment the student's understanding of concepts taught in Biology 20 and Biology 40
Offered on occasion
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Evaluate questions asked in field ecology and practice problem solving using an experimental approach.
- Outcome 2: Compare and contrast the major groups of organisms.
- Outcome 3: Compare and contrast the major plant communities in California in terms of their biology.
- Outcome 4: Explain the relationship between environmental factors and habitat types.
- Outcome 5: Safely and correctly use compound and dissecting microscopes to identify anatomical structures of organisms.
- Outcome 6: Use dichotomous keys and field guides to identify organisms to the species level.
- Outcome 7: Analyze organisms' anatomy and physiology in terms of their adaptive value to local environmental conditions.
- Outcome 8: Design and conduct ecological field experiments using the scientific method and using a variety of data collecting techniques.
- Outcome 9: Analyze and represent field data using statistical methods, tables, graphs and laboratory reports.
- Outcome 10: Explain goals, techniques, and limits of restoration efforts in California.