NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2023  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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BIOL 2001 - Fundamentals of Field Science

This course integrates classroom and on-site field instruction to introduce students to the study of Natural History, with emphasis on the ecosystems and ecology of the Bighorn Mountains.  Students hone their skills of observation, learn basic field sampling techniques to trap and study insects, small mammals, and birds, and develop a native plant collection.  In addition, students read and discuss works from historical and contemporary natural historians that have helped shape our view of the natural world

Credits: 2

Instructional Method Lecture


Successful completion of BIOL 1001 Biology Orientation with a “C” or better, or instructor consent



Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of BIOL 2001 Fundamentals of Field Science, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of lodgepole pine forest natural history.
  2. Describe ecological interactions among forest species of insects, small vertebrates, and plants.
  3. Identify tree species using a dichotomous key.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in performing field-sampling techniques.
  5. Develop conclusions based on field-collected data.
  6. Communicate the results of field studies effectively.

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