This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of environmental biology: the structure and biota of several aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The student investigates why species occupy specific habitats. The course includes an introduction to Vermont’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; spatial and temporal changes in ecosystems and species; and critical observation and interpretation of landscapes. The course stresses communication skills, as well as critical thinking and teamwork.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week