BIOL 315

Limnology

5 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 24, 2000 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers the biology, chemistry and physics of aquatic habitats with an emphasis on the ecology of lakes in Minnesota. The content and methods of modern limnological research are emphasized. Labs focus on field and lab investigation of water bodies in the metropolitan area. Most of the weekly labs take place outdoors. Intended for biology and life sciences teaching majors and other qualified students.

Special information

Note: Enrollment limited to Biology and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission. First day attendance required except by instructor permission. Overlap ESCI 315 Limnology.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in limnology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  • Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in limnology.
  • Apply this experience with research methods in this field at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with algebra and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  • Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of limnology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 10: People and the Environment

  • Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  • Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  • Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  • Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.