BIOL 313 Ecosystems and Global Change
A study of how the cycling of elements among the atmosphere, soil, water and living organisms sustains ecosystems, and how disruptions in these cycles, both natural and human-induced, bring about environmental change. The course examines environmental consequences of alterations in regional and global biogeochemical cycles, such as loss of ecosystem productivity and diversity, degradation of air and water quality, and global climate change. Field labs allow students to evaluate the sustainability of land use locally by quantifying elemental cycles in natural and human-altered ecosystems. Laboratory course. This course cannot be taken for credit by a student who has already received credit for Biol 312. Prerequisites: one course in Chemistry and one course in Biology; Forestry may be substituted for Biology with instructor permission.
(Credit, full course.) McGrath