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Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This is a one-semester course that introduces students to applied aspects of environmental science. It provides students with a broad overview of the concepts of ecology, systems and interrelationships among organisms and their physical environment, and current issues in environmental science. Students will examine humans' role in the natural world and the impact of the growth of the human population and the increase in humans' technological ability to make changes in the world. Students will be encouraged to explore societal, political, economic and personal value systems with regard to environmental issues. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.
This course covers the fundamentals of plant biology, focusing on the various types of plants and the basic anatomy and physiology of plants. The course is also designed to promote an awareness of the significance of plants in the natural processes of our biosphere and specifically for humans. Students will be challenged to think about the importance of plants in decision making, from individual, ethical choices to social, economic and policy making. (Prerequisites: High school biology or BIOL 1101). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.
A study of the biochemical and structural basis of life including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, origins and evolution of life, community interactions and ecosystems. Intended for biology majors and individuals majoring in forestry, agriculture, conservation, medicine, veterinary medicine, recreation, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, home economics and dentistry. (Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHEM 1101 or equivalent, and high school biology or BIOL 1101 or equivalent). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.
This course is a study of the diversity of plants and animals including the anatomical and physiological study of select organisms. Students study the evolutionary history of biological diversity and the diversity of life. The structure and function of organisms are compared. Key adaptations to survival among organisms from bacteria and protists to plants, fungi, and animals are addressed. Labs will investigate diversity of organisms in form and function, addressing key adaptions to survival of selected organisms. (Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHEM 1101 or equivalent, and college level reading and writing, and MATH 0098 or equivalent. Co-Requisites: BIOL 1220 or equivalent). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab).
This course will teach the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computerized systems designed for the storage, retrieval and analysis of geographically referenced data. Applications of GIS Technology will include using analytical tools to explore at a scientific level the spatial relationships, patterns, and processes of organisms in relation to environmental, biological, demographic, geographic, and physical phenomena. The course will be computer-intensive and project-based. (Prerequisites: None). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
This course will provide exposure to environmental science fields, as well as the development of an internship experience. Classroom discussion and readings will enrich students understanding of this broad field to prepare them for direct experience through an internship, which will be developed and carried out during the course. (Prerequisites: Environmental Science major or Permission by Instructor). (2 C).
This course teaches the basic principles of organismal, population, community, and ecosystem ecology, with an emphasis on applied ecology. The course is designed so that at the conclusion of the course students will have an appreciation and understanding of the principles of ecology and be able to: (1) explain the various biotic and abiotic forces acting on an organism in its natural environment, (2) determine the importance of these forces under varying conditions, (3) predict how human activities may alter the effects of these forces, and (4) evaluate the trade-off occurring among our biological, social, political, and economic worlds. In addition, students will be introduced to contemporary issues in ecology through assigned readings from recent literature and specific writing assignments. The lab portion of this course reemphasizes lecture concepts and offers hand-on experience with the concepts in the lab and/or field setting. Lab attendance is a necessity for the course to best experience the applied aspects of ecology. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1102 or BIOL 1220, college level reading and writing). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, and Goal 10/People and the Environment.
This course is a survey course of the classification, evolution, ecology, anatomy and physiology of animals. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1220 or BIOL 1230; college-level reading and writing skills and working knowledge of elementary algebra). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab).
This course presents the fundamental concepts of classical transmission genetics and modern molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian genetics, linkage and mapping, chromosomal anomalies, population and evoluntionary genetics, biotechnology and nucleic acid analysis. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1220 and CHEM 1127 or PHYS 1117). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.
*Some courses are offered only in spring, some only in fall – students should check with faculty or advisors about the offerings of courses in the major.
TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH WSU
An articulation agreement with Winona State University’s Biology Department for a transfer curriculum from the AS in Environmental Science at RCTC to the BS in Biology (Environmental Science option) at Winona State University has been established. Please see the link below:
- WSU (www.winona.edu)