Habitats: Life of the Forest
Course Number: BI 141
Transcript Title: Habitats: Life of the Forest
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Examines structure and function of Eastside and Westside Oregon forest ecosystems. Covers distribution and interactions of plants, animals, microorganisms, climate and basic geology. Laboratory emphasizes identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Use basic principles of ecosystems structure and function to characterize a specific forest.
- Identify and express how humans interact with the forest environment by applying basic principles of forest management.
- Work with a team to initialize and complete a study of the biology, chemistry and physical characteristics of a forest.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Essay and multiple choice exams
- Maintain a detailed field and laboratory notebook
- Weekly applications of laboratory and field experiences
- Self-assessment of group dynamics
Course Activities and Design
- Group Discussion
- Field Trips
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Biodiversity of forest ecosystems
- Energy relationships and environmental systems
- Fundamentals of ecology
- Forest Land, Soil, Watershed and Atmospheric system
- Stream Forest Interactions
- Human Impacts
- Field sampling
- Measuring of environmental parameters
- Organism Identification
Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement regarding science instruction:
Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science," “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).
The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.