Tropical rainforests and coral reefs with their serene beauty and astounding diversity inspire awe in adults and children alike. They also happen to be two of the most important ecosystems on Earth.
In Botany 265: “Rainforests and Coral Reefs,” you will explore these highly productive and ecologically complex natural communities, learn why they are important to human welfare, and examine the threats to them. This course emphasizes the teaching of ecology in the context of these two hyper-diverse ecosystems. The course will combine lectures, discussions, case studies, readings, and independent investigations, both in person and online. The blended format provides for ample exposure to the creative use of instructional technology, and enhancement of content with multimedia resources. You may elect to go on a 10-day, winter-break field trip to Belize to apply the concepts learned in the course on an independent field research project.
We will integrate content from the linked courses in order to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that make rainforests and coral reefs function, and the ways that humans depend upon and impact these ecosystems. This FIG also will help you understand why both of these ecosystems currently are threatened and what actions can and must be taken to protect them.
— Introduction to stoichiometry and the mole concept; the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds; and intermolecular forces.
Choose one of the following:
(lecture 12; 46557) — Intermediate level language review, Hispanic readings, culture, and patterns of conversation.
(lecture 10; 46568) — Second-semester intermediate level language review, extensive readings in literature, intensive written and oral activities.
(lecture 8; 46826) — Intensive practice in reading, writing, and grammar. May be taken concurrently with Spanish 223 or 224.
(lecture 4; 46833) — Advanced language practice, including intensive writing and work in pertinent areas of grammar and stylistics.