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BIOL1110 - Field Biology

This course is a non-majors biology course focusing on the natural history of Minnesota.  We will learn about how to identify many tree species, some herbaceous plant species, many vertebrate animal species and some invertebrate species.  We will explore the ecology of these species and the habitats in which they live.  We will also compare natural habitats versus those influenced by humans.  Lastly, students will learn how to teach others about what they have learned. 

Students taking this course have the option to earn a Minnesota Master Naturalist  (MnNat) certificate for an extra fee (~$75) which they arrange with the MnNat program (see link below for more information). Some students in the class may be only part of the MnNat program and not taking the course for credit.

Another important part of this course is the Service Learning component.  Each student will participate in at least 10 hours in a Service Learning project.  Some of these will be conducted during class time and others by the student outside of class time as part of a capstone project. All students will give an oral presentation on their capstone project at the end of the class.

This class satisfies Goal Areas 3 and 9 in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum


In Summer 2015 this course is taught Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9am-2:25pm

Helpful Links
  Minnesota Master Naturalists  University of Minnesota Extension
  Lecture syllabus  Summer 2015 (tentative)
  Minnesota Seasons   info on many species in Minnesota
  Minnesota Phenology Network  also find link to Nature's Notebook 
  All About Birds  Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 
  Minnesota Wildlfowers  field guide to flowers, tree, shrubs & vines 
  MNDNR's Nature  info on many Minnesota species & habitats 
  Great Lakes Worm Watch  info on invasive earthworms  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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