BIOL 21000

Subject: BIOL 21000 Field Biology (ExL) (GenEd)
Credits: 3 (Class 2, Lab 2)
Offered: Summer

Description: This course is offered for non-biology majors.  It consists of a weeklong workshop at an off-campus field site. Activities will include field identification of animals and plants, a series of lectures by the course instructor or local experts, trips to local natural areas, and class discussions at the workshop site.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, basic ecological and evolutionary principles, environmental ethics, local geology and ecology, natural resource management, habitat restoration and conservation, land use and human impacts on the most fundamental ecological principles and an appreciation of human connectedness to other living species and the non-living environment.  This course cannot be counted toward the BS degree in biology.


Summer 2014 Course Date: May 24th – May 31st.

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This course meets a 3-credit requirement in Experiential Learning and a General Education Laboratory Science requirement. It consists of a 1-week field workshop, complemented by required readings, worksheets and a written response to course review questions due 4 weeks after the completion of the field experience.  Course topics are: basic ecological and evolutionary principles, environmental ethics, local ecology and geology, and human impacts on and connectedness to other living species and the non-living environment.  Activities include lectures by course instructors and local experts, field identification of animals and plants, trips to local natural areas, and group discussions.

 

Course participants camp in tents on private land at the scenic confluence of Spaulding Creek and the Little Wolf River in rural northeast Wisconsin. Space is limited on a first-come-first-served basis. A field trip fee of $300 will be charged in addition to the regular course and laboratory fees. This fee covers food for the week, tents, cooking and other camping equipment (sleeping bags not included), and some printed course materials.

 

The tiny village of Big Falls is located in northeast central Wisconsin (approximately 250 miles from Chicago). The workshop site features northern hardwood forests, red pine plantations, kettle lakes, wetlands, and granite outcroppings carved by the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier more than 10,000 years ago. Students will have opportunities to swim in a local lake, wade in falls and pools of a pristine trout stream, hike a portion of the Ice Age Trail, enjoy nutritious meals and an outdoor spa and games as time permits.

 

Payment deadline for trip fee:  May 4. The field trip fee is non-refundable unless course is cancelled. The fee is paid at the Schneider Building in the business office (room 97).

 

Questions?  Contact Dr. Creighton: creighto@purduecal.edu

Dr. Jane Shoup: jrssps@frontiernet.net