Courses

An introductory course in which the functioning of ecosystems is
explored and related to environmental problems. The course stresses current topics of local and global interest with emphasis on how to obtain, understand, and interpret information pertaining to environmental issues. Cross-listed as BIO 103.

Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students are introduced to the basic concepts of toxicology, as they apply to understanding how environmental contaminants pose risks to human health and the environment. This course is intended for non-biology majors. Cross-listed as BIO 105.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of environmental policy and politics, focusing on the tension between human values and environmental public policy. The objectives are to: convey to students the main tenet of environmental stewardship, familiarize students with the development of the environmental movement and environmental history in the United States, introduce students to the difficulties in developing and enforcing environmental policy with a focus on the problems facing the Niagara Frontier Region.

Credit Hours: 3

A course relating ecological principles to studies in the laboratory and field. Topics include population dynamics, energy flow in ecosystems, and species interactions. Cross listed at BIO 204.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: 121/2 with C+ or better or permission of instructor

This course introduces students to environmental thought and what shapes peoples ideas and behaviors concerning the environment. It examines the relationship between individuals, society, and the environment using various perspectives [i.e., the humanities, religions (Eastern and Western), philosophical and cultural traditions, and different political and economic systems]. The course focuses on the interplay of personal and cultural values and how they influence attitudes toward the environment. Students are encouraged to develop a “sense of place” that grounds them intellectually, spiritually, and physically in the geographic area in which they live.

Credit Hours: 3

This course fosters a personal, hands-on approach to understanding the natural world. It is designed to help the student become a better observer and communicator in the field of nature study. The laboratory provides opportunities to visit nature sites, conduct field studies, and learn from accomplished naturalists and educators. The course may include a service learning component.

Cross listed as BIO 302.

Credit Hours: 4

A field experience course. Through hands-on learning, we study the interactions between humans and ecology and gain an appreciation of ecology in a natural setting. Extended field trip(s). E.g. Everglades, FL and Great Lakes Shipboard Science. No ecology prerequisites required. Permission of Instructor Required. Cross listed as BIO 304.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor Required

This course provides students with an introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers, emphasizing their physical, chemical and biological function. Lecture topics include the physics and chemistry of continental waters, the major biotic communities, interactions among these communities, and interactions between humans and the aquatic environment. Laboratory exercises and field trips provide a practical introduction to the methods of aquatic sciences. Cross listed as BIO 445.

Credit Hours: 4   /   Prerequisites: BIO 204, C- or better or permission of the instructor

Training and professional experience in the environment. Interns do 60 hours of service training, maintain log record and write a personal career evaluation based on the intern experience. Cross listed as BIO 488.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: Permission of the chairperson, 3.0 GPA in the major