BIOL 511H

Honors Freshwater Ecology and Quality

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 9, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Advanced course in freshwater ecology with applications to water quality assessment and monitoring, lake management, and drinking water supply. Students learn and apply techniques in water quality monitoring and taxonomic methods used in the science of phycology. Course is open to students who have met the criteria and been granted honors biology status, a process administered by the Natural Sciences Department.

Special information

Note: This honors course is open to students who have met the criteria and been granted honors biology status, a process administered by the Natural Sciences Department. All prerequisites must be completed with grade of B or above. Contact instructor or department chair for permission.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Understand and apply core theories and current research in aquatic ecology.
  • Understand and apply methods of water quality assessment and monitoring that are used by local, regional, state and federal agencies.
  • Collect and identify diatom and other algal species found in Minnesota lakes and rivers.
  • Use standard methods for biological monitoring based on diatoms and other algae.
  • Understand government structures and legislation that have roles in freshwater conservation and management.
  • Effectively communicate technical information between and among experts and public.