Oct 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

BIOL 451 - Organisms and their Environment

4.00 credit hours
Topics in ecology, evolution and/or animal behavior are the focus of this capstone course in biology. Much of our scientific understanding of the world depends on natural history studies, scientific experiments, and mathematical models that have simplified complex systems. This course explores the primary literature and quantitative models to investigate the interactions between organisms and their environment. Students read deeply, think critically, and form connections between their prior knowledge or these topics and the advanced principles we explore here. Issues in research ethics, authorship and peer review are discussed, focusing on the ethics and politics of research, environmental sustainability, and animal rights. Laboratory required; students design, implement, analyze and present independent research using the skills and knowledge from the course.

Prerequisite(s): Two courses from BIOL 310 , BIOL 317 , BIOL 320 , BIOL 325 , BIOL 330 , BIOL 340 , BIOL 350 .

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