Freshwater Ecology and Quality

3 Graduate credits
Effective May 9, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines theory and methods central to the assessment, monitoring and maintenance of freshwater ecosystem health. Students learn and apply techniques in water quality monitoring and taxonomic methods used in the science of phycology.

Special information

Note: Graduate status required or Natural Science Department approval.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand and apply core theories in aquatic ecology including food webs, resource competition and biomanipulation.
  • Understand and apply methods of water quality assessment and monitoring that are used by local, regional and state agencies.
  • Conduct diatom analysis of water body: collect, process, identify and interpret abundance based on diatom community composition.
  • Use standard methods for biological monitoring based on diatoms, algae, and macroinvertebrates.
  • Understand government structures and legislation with roles in water quality.