BIOL 234 - Morphology of Non-Vascular Plants
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.Â
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
Prerequisites: Biology 170, 180, and a minimum math placement of 22
This course will focus primarily on the ecology of nearshore coastal habitats. We will cover some basic aspects of the physical environment that organisms encounter in marine systems. We will explore fisheries biology and management as an example of ecology at the population level. Students will also learn about the major ecological processes that structure marine communities. We will focus on a few marine habitats and study the particular animals and plants that live in them, and end with some discussion of human impacts on marine systems. Throughout the course, we will look at the recent research in marine ecology. Labs will be based on data and organisms collected during an optional field trip to the Duke Marine Laboratory and may include behavioral studies, collection, identification and enumeration of sediment-dwelling invertebrates, and comparison of species diversity in different habitats. These exercises will allow students to practice data analysis, graphic presentation of data and writing of scientific papers.
BIOL 258 - Extended Field Studies - Limnology
Prerequisite: Must take concurrently with Biology 341
A five-day field trip in south central Ohio is offered as an optional field experience.
BIOLOGY 258 - Extended Field Studies - Marine Ecology
Prerequisite: Must take concurrently with Biology 247
A 5-day field trip (Friday, September 12 - Wednesday, September 17, 2008) 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 at Wittenberg.
BIOL 341 - Limnology
Prerequisites: Biology 170 and 180 and Chemistry 121 and 162
This writing intensive course offers a study of inland aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on lakes and streams. Physical, chemical, and biological features are studied and numerous field experiences supplement lectures. Literature reviews and an exhaustive bibliographic research paper concerning an appropriate limnological topic, one lecture test, and three laboratory practicals are parts of the requirements of this lecture/laboratory course.
Geology 150 - Physical Geology
Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B or 160B.
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.
Marine Science 200 - Oceanography
Prerequisites: Any majors level introductory science course - Biology 170 or 180 or 248, 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.Â 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.