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Spring 2018

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BIO114 - Rain Forest Biology

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: An immersion course held in Costa Rica. Students travel to the Central American rain forest for an introduction to its biodiversity, neighboring environments that the forests impact, and aspects of forest destruction. Topics include different aspects of ethnobotany, elementary botany, ecology, and earth science. Spring only. Prerequisite: Students should be in good health and be reasonably physically fit. Students must enroll separately with the tour company and pay all trip expenses prior to travel. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum)

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the successful conclusion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills or behaviors on standard exams, research reports, oral reports, and written assignments as a result of an immersion experience in Costa Rica:

1.Describe the location and climatological characteristics of the world's major rainforests.
2.Distinguish among coastal, inland, equatorial, transitional, and mountain rainforests.
3.Compare and contrast the tropical rainforest to temperate deciduous forests in terms of climatology, seasonality, and biodiversity.*
4.Identify the importance of the rainforests in the maintenance of global climate stability. Describe the economic and social importance of rainforest conservation.
5. Identify the three greatest threats to rainforest conservation.
6.Compare and contrast the floristic structure of the rainforest with that of temperate forests.
7.Describe four adaptations of endemic plants to the unique, abiotic factors of the rainforest.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Biodiversity and Tropical Forests

A. Wet
B. Dry

II. Forest Resources

A. Indigenous Foods
B. Medicinal Foods

III. Tropical Forest/Reef Interaction

IV. Tropical Forest/River Interaction

V. Impacts of Agriculture and Development

VI. Clearcutting

Effective Term: Fall 2012