May 23, 2018
BIO 217 - Ecology of the National Parks
A biological survey of our National Park System concentrating on the variety of ways living organisms respond and adapt to meteorological, geological, and ecological pressure.
Prerequisites: BIO 111 General Biology I or BIO 112 General Biology II or BIO 117 Principles of Biology I or BIO 118 Principles of Biology II
Corequisites: BIO 217 Laboratory
3 Class Hours; 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
- Demonstrate application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
- Discuss the history of the National Parks System in the United States.
- Discuss the ecological relationships involved in several of the major National Parks in the United States.
- Discuss the political, social, and ecological issues facing the National Parks.
- Demonstrate the critical thinking process.
- Demonstrate an understanding that Biology is a relevant science and that its study is imperative in a person's becoming an enlightened citizen of the new millennium.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of evolution and see it as the continuing, unifying theme of life.
- See the commonality yet diversity of life functions.
- Appreciate our place in nature by being conversant with our evolution, physiology, and behavior.
- Develop an ecological awareness and understanding of the inter-relatedness of life on earth.
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