Metropolitan State University

BIOL 315 : Limnology

A. Course Description
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: BIOL 111 General Biology I AND
BIOL 112 General Biology II AND
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I AND
MATH 115 College Algebra AND
STAT 201 Statistics I

OR

BIOL 111 General Biology I AND
BIOL 112 General Biology II AND
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I AND
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II AND
MATH 210 Calculus I

OR

BIOL 111 General Biology I AND
BIOL 112 General Biology II AND
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I AND
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II AND
MATH 208 Applied Calculus  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 10 - People/Environment
 
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.
B. Course Effective Dates: 01/25/2000 - 05/04/2002 05/05/2002 - 01/28/2004 01/29/2004 - 12/17/2006 12/18/2006 - 05/04/2011 05/05/2011 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Explain and apply scientific knowledge in limnology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  2. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  3. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  4. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  5. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.
  6. Read and interpret primary scientific literature in limnology.
  7. Apply this experience with research methods in this field at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  8. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with algebra and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  9. Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  10. Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of limnology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal 10 - People/Environment
  1. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  2. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  3. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  4. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  5. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  6. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.
G. 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.
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