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Biology

BIOL 322L (Q*) Physiological Ecology Laboratory. (Credit Hours: 1) (Pre-requisites: BIOL 122 and CHEM 111) (Co-requisites: BIOL 322) A laboratory course to complement BIOL 322 lecture that introduces students to some of the basic experimental questions and techniques commonly used in physiological ecology. Semesters offered: F.

Students will independently design and carry out experiments related to animal physiological ecology, collect and analyze data, summarize results of the research in scientific paper format, and orally present results in a formal seminar-style format. One of the objectives of physiological ecology laboratory is to provide students with training in common experimental techniques used in the discipline of physiological ecology, and in the process, to learn about the physiological mechanisms that allow animals to function in their environment.  The EL activities will enhance student learning in physiological ecology because it immerses students in actually "doing science" rather than simply carrying out a series of steps from a pre-designed laboratory experiment.

BIOL 399 (Q*) Independent Study. Credit Hours: (1-6) (Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor and approved contract) Directed study on specific topics. Semesters offered: F, S.

Individual students engage in a structured, biological research project, science education project, or internship experience.  A contract must be approved by the instructor and department chair at the time of registration.  BIOL 399 projects are designed to develop knowledge and skills through participatory activities.  The activities may be individual or collaborative. The entire course is based on experiential learning. Course credit varies between 1 and 4 credits requiring roughly 50 hours per credit hour (50 to 200 total experiential learning contact hours).

BIOL 499 (Q*) Directed Undergraduate Research. (Credit Hours: 1-6) (Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor and approved contract) Selected and structured undergraduate research projects conducted with faculty direction and participation. Projects will involve the exploration of biological problems with the scientific method. One conference and at least 5 laboratory or field research hours per week. Semesters offered: F, S.

Individual students engage in a structured, biological research project, science education project, or internship experience under the direction of a faculty member or off-campus supervisor.  A contract must be approved by the instructor and department chair at the time of registration.  BIOL 499 projects are designed to develop knowledge and skills through participatory activities, but do not necessarily encompass the varioius start-to-finish components of an original research project that are expected of a  BIOL 499 project.  The activities may be individual or collaborative.  The entire course is based on experiential learning. Course credit varies between 1 and 4 credits requiring roughly 50 hours per credit hour (50 to 200 total experiential learning contact hours).