BIOLOGY 109 - Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Problem Solving
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
<50
Other Course Info:
W.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

The world presents us with many types of environmental problems. Everyone needs to have a basic understanding of the scientific knowledge and theories that are needed to solve these problems, so that they can make informed decisions as educated citizens. We will use a case study approach to learn how to apply knowledge and theory to the process of developing solutions.

Examples of the kinds of case studies that we will study include:

  • Use and subsequent ban on use of DDT
  • Control of vampire bats in Central and South America
  • Reservoir construction and mercury poisoning
  • Role of wastewater treatment facilities in the water quality of lakes along the Huron River near Ann Arbor
  • Pollution of surface waters
  • Ozone layer depletion and recovery
  • Avian Influenza and other epidemics
  • Climate change and efforts to reverse current trends
  • Landscape fragmentation, spotted owls and other examples
  • Habitat restoration

Additional readings will include the nature of science, debates about science vs. "junk science", and even about the mindsets and thought processes of typical scientists.

Course Requirements:

Grading is based on three in-class multiple-choice exams and three online quizzes. The online quizzes can be repeated and you will receive the highest grade you achieve.

Intended Audience:

This course can be elected by undergraduate students in any year of their degree program.

Class Format:

There will be two lectures per week.

Schedule

BIOLOGY 109 - Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Problem Solving
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
25976
Open
55
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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