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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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BI 240 - Environmental Biology


Credits: 4
An examination of the physical and biotic features of the earth, the role of humans in affecting the planet's ecology, and the ways ecological systems affect humans. This course provides the fundamental concepts of environmental biology, along with specific examples from the natural world and human modification. Topics include the basics of the physical nature of the earth; physiological ecology, including the biochemistry and metabolism of life forms and nutrient cycles; biodiversity; interspecific relationships; population and community dynamics; ecosystem structure; pollution and environmental toxicology; resource management; and restoration design. Laboratory consists of field trips, ecological sampling techniques, ecological survey of local habitats, phytoremediation, pollution simulation, and examination of biodiversity.
Prerequisites:  .
Note(s): Building on BI 105 and BI 106, the course explores writing conventions specific to the subdiscipline; partially fulfills the departmental writing requirement. Does not count toward the major.
J. Ness



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