**Email me to obtain a syllabus for any of these courses: grahamm@easternct.edu**

Desert Ecology & Biogeography – BIO 365

Pavlik_CoverCourse Description: This course is an introduction to the study of desert ecology and biogeography. We will examine how environmental factors and biotic interactions shape the diversity and distribution of arid-adapted plant and animal communities from local to landscape scales. Further, we will evaluate how these communities are assembled over both ecological and evolutionary timescales, thus providing insight into the unique biodiversity and biogeography of desert systems. This course will focus on the deserts of North America, and students will conduct field studies in three distinct desert systems (Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin deserts) during a mandatory, week-long field trip to the Southwest.We will also consider how human activities impact desert systems and in turn provide motivation for a variety of applied outlets for conservation biologists. Throughout this course, an emphasis will be placed on the scientific method, experimental design and analysis, and scientific writing. Sowell_Cover

Recommended Resources: The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery by Bruce M. Pavlik. ISBN-10:0520251458 • ISBN-13:9780520251458; Desert Ecology: An Introduction to Life in the Arid Southwest by John B. Sowell.

Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.


Tropical Biology (Costa Rica) – BIO 320/360

Course Objectives (BIO 360): The primarytropical_nature objective of the course is to increase your understanding of tropical ecosystems by examining fundamental concepts of tropical ecology, as well as various topics currently attracting considerable research attention. Because this course is uniquely related to BIO 320 Tropical Biology – Costa Rica (see below), considerable effort will be devoted to activities/assignments that are designed to enhance the educational value of the Costa Rica field experience. In addition to factual and conceptual content, the course will also focus on the design and execution of field studies in tropical biology.

Book: Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata. ISBN-10: 0684187108 • ISBN-13: 978-0684187105

Prerequisites: Bio 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better. Permission of Instructor


Parasitology with Lab – BIO 340

Foundations of ParasitologyCourse Description: This course examines protozoa, helminths, trematodes, cestodes, nematodes, mites, ticks, etc. that are parasites of humans and other animals. Identification methods, classification, evolution, ecology, life cycles, and disease characteristics are covered in lecture and laboratory. The course consists of 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours per week, and counts for 4 credit hours.

Textbook: Foundations of Parasitology, 9th edition by Roberts, Janovy & Nadler. ISBN-10: 0073524190 • ISBN-13: 978-0073524191

Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.


Organismal Biology with Lab – BIO 120

Course Description: The structure and function of organisms is the focus of this course. After a passage through the clade of living organisms, we consider the basic problems faced by all living organisms and compare the diverse solutions that have evolved among bacteria, archaea, protists, chromists, rhodophytes, plants, fungi, and animals. The fundamental concepts include: cellular structure, homeostasis, growth, movement, behavior, reproduction, and evolution. Laboratory exercises involve both observation of and experimentation with living organisms. This writing-intensive course provides up to 2 points toward the 8 points required to meet the university intermediate writing requirement for biology major and minor programs. Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Three hour lecture, three hour laboratory.

Textbook:  Biological Science, Fifth Edition. Authors: Scott Freeman, Kim Quillin & Lizabeth Allison. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings. ISBN-10: 0321743679 • ISBN-13: 9780321743671

Invertebrate Biology with Lab – BIO 336

Course Description: A functional approach in lecture surveying the major and minor 
invertebrate groups with an emphasis on marine organisms. Laboratory follows a phylogenetic approach to invertebrate body organization. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Textbook: Brusca, R. C., & Brusca, G. J. (2003). Invertebrates (2nd ed.). Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates.

Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

Biology of Humans – BIOL 100 (UNLV)

Course Description: Introduction to biology of the human species. For non-majors; emphasizing those aspects of structure, function, ecology, and evolution which provide a biological perspective for problems facing modern society.
Credits 4
Lab/Lecture/Studio Hours Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Notes Satisfies the General Education Core requirement for a laboratory science course.

Textbook: Biology of Humans – Concepts, Applications and Issues – Fourth Edition. Authors: Judith Goodenough and Betty McGuire. Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishing Company, 2011.

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