Prereq.: Two college-level courses in biology, or Biology 171 and one other natural science course, or permission of instructor.
Fulfills the LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement.
This course introduces the fundamentals of aquatic ecology (with an emphasis on lakes) from an ecosystem-level approach. General ecological principles as well as physical, chemical, and biological parameters of aquatic habitats will be studied. A special focus will be provided on advanced aquatic sensors instrumentation with the ability to use state of the art technology. Field studies include comparative aquatic habitat surveys in which students will gain experience in field sampling, laboratory analysis of samples, statistical analysis and interpretation of data for several types of habitats.