Summer Session I (June 4 - July 6)

Land Resources (Biol/Geol/Geog 301)

Systems level perspective on land forms and ecosystems. Includes analysis and interpretation of field data, remote sensing data derived from satellites and aircraft and geographic information systems (GIS). Field trips to and analysis of forests, wetlands, lakeshores, and rivers. Includes application to policy and land use planning. Prerequisite: one year of introductory science. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Tues/Thurs; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary course
Faculty: Jonathan Peterson, Mark Gathany

Field Botany (Biol 311)

Field and lab identification, systematics, natural history, and ecology of vascular plants as components of natural communities. Ecological features, including stratification, history, plant zonation, adaptation, and animal interactions are examined. Relationships of plant families and higher groups are covered. Project and/or plant collection required. Prerequisite: one year of general biology or one semester of botany. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Tues/Thurs; Field course
Faculty: Ken Sytsma

Animal Ecology (Biol 321)

Interrelationships between animals and their biotic and physical environments, emphasizing animal population dynamics in old growth pine forests and bogs. A field course that centers on the ecology of northern Michigan fauna from a stewardship perspective. Included are individual student projects. Prerequisite: one year of introductory science. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Wed/Fri; Field course
Faculty: Matt Ingle

Aquatic Biology (Biol 322)

Ecology, identification, systematics, culture, and care of aquatic plants and animals, and adaptations to freshwater environments. Aquatic life is studied in lakes, ponds, bogs, marshes, streams, and in the laboratory. The course assesses human impacts on aquatic species and ecosystems, presents procedures for the stewardship of aquatic habitats, and introduces aquatic restoration ecology. Prerequisite: one year of general biology or one semester each of general zoology and general botany. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Wed/Fri; Field course
Faculty: Daniel Ippolito

Field Techniques in Wetlands (Biol 358)

A comprehensive overview of wetland ecosystem processes, values, legislation, and quantification. Students will learn to evaluate and quantify soils, hydrologic  status, and vegetation in a variety of wetland ecosystems including bogs, emergent marshes, forested wetlands and wetlands converted for agriculture, and to apply standard tools developed by the US Army Corp of Engineers and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to assess wetland extent and habitat quality. Prerequisite(s): one semester of general ecology of one semester of general biology. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Wednesday & Friday; Field
Faculty: Heath Garris

Conservation Biology (Biol/Geog 471)

Principles of conservation biology with applications to sustainable human society and biospheric integrity. An integrative approach to biology and society that interrelates population biology, ecological principles, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem functions, and human society in the context of biospheric degradation. The course develops a stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles and directed at conservation of plant and animal species, biotic communities, ecosystems, and human society. Included are topics of human development, poverty, and economic growth. Prerequisite: one year in biology and one course in ecology, or permission of professor. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Tues/Thurs; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Vern Peters

Research Methods I (Biol/Chem/EnvSt/Geog 490)

This course is designed to prepare natural science majors to conduct scientific field research. It introduces students to experimental design and statistics relevant to scientific research. Students then select a research topic feasible for investigation; pose a relevant, scientifically testable question or a hypothesis. Students, in conjunction with a research mentor, prepare a research proposal and initiate an investigation. Recommended: Third year status, previous AuSable course, and research interest. (2 credits)

Faculty: Brian Keas