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Course Listings - Fall 2007

Fall 2007

BIOL 234 - Morphology of Non-Vascular Plants
(5 credits)                                                  
Mason, David

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
Course Goal:  Provide students with an opportunity to systematically study various nonvascular plants, including:  algae, bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacteria.
Course Topic:  Students study the structure, reproduction, ecology and evolution of algae, bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacteria.
Assessment Methods:  Students are evaluated by a means of lecture and laboratory examinations in addition to credit assigned their field collections. 
Instructional Methods:  This is carried out by means of lecture-discussions, including slide presentations of organisms and laboratory and field experiences.

Laboratory Manual on Nonvascular Plants, and information on the University class files, Q drive.

BIOLOGY 247 – Marine Ecology
(5 credits)
Reinsel, Kathleen

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
This course will focus on the ecology of marine systems, particularly nearshore benthic communities.  Students will become familiar with the primary literature and ‘classic’ studies that helped to define marine community ecology, as well as the processes that structure a variety of marine communities.  Lab exercises may include collection, identification and enumeration of sediment-dwelling invertebrates, comparison of species diversity of different habitats, and general diversity of marine organisms in a variety of habitats.

BIOLOGY 258 – Extended Field Studies – Marine Ecology
(1 credit)
Reinsel, Kathleen

Prerequisite:  Must take concurrently with Biology 247
A 5-day field trip (Friday, September 7 – Wednesday, September 12, 2007) to the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC.  Students will participate in field trips to marine habitats to collect samples and conduct experiments that will be analyzed

Geology 150 - Physical Geology    
(5 credits)                                                                        
Zaleha, Michael

Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B or 160B. 
A Math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.                                            
Geology 150 is a comprehensive introduction to the science of geology.  The course is recommended for students who are interested in the possibility of a geology major or minor, other science majors, or any student who desires a more comprehensive treatment of geology.  Concepts and topics include: (1) the structure and constitution of the Earth, (2) internal and surficial processes, (3) recent research concerning the nature and origin of the continents and ocean basins, and (4) methodology, experimentation, and observations used by geologists in attempting to understand the physical and biological evolution of Earth through time.  Videos, slides, demonstrations and field trips augment the course.  The lab includes an introduction to the use of topographic maps, aerial photographs, and geologic maps.  Lab manual fee of $5 is billed directly. 

Geology 340 - Earth History    
(5 credits)                                                                                    
Zaleha, Michael

Prerequisite:  Geology 260
The objectives of the course are to (1) develop the skills, and learn to use the tools with which to decipher Earth’s history, and (2) learn the general history of Earth and its life forms (as preserved in the fossil record) with emphasis on the North American continent.  Students will learn to look at outcrops and geologic maps and interpret the geologic history of a particular area.  Students will develop the ability to conjure up an image of a particular setting given a place and geologic time period.  Slides and field trips augment the cours

Marine Science 200 – Oceanography
(4 credits)
Welch, Jim

Prerequisites:  Any majors level introductory science course - Biology 170 or 180, or Chemistry 121, or Geology 150 or 160, or Physics 200, plus a minimum math placement score of 22
Oceanography is one of the most integrative of all the sciences, and this fact will be reflected in this course.  The course is an introduction to the major systems of the marine environment; physical, chemical, biological, and geological, with an emphasis on the interactions and interconnections of these four traditional disciplines of oceanography.  Topics include origin of the oceans, plate tectonics, major ocean currents, the role of the ocean in atmospheric dynamics, life in the oceans, and cycling of energy, heat, and inorganic nutrients.  We will also focus on human impacts on ocean systems and the impacts that the oceans currently have on human societies, and those they may have in the future.





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