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Montcalm Community College    
  Feb 20, 2018
2017 - 2018 Catalog
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BIOL 208 - Nature Study

4 Credit (3 lecture, 2 lab) 5 Contact Hours [Reading Level 3  and Writing Level 3  and Math Level 2 ]
This course, occurring primarily in the field, is a hands-on introduction to nature study. Students will learn the natural history of many species indigenous to Michigan and the United States as well as the biological processes shaping the natural world. Field trips, both on campus and around the state, focus on identification of local flora and fauna. Topics covered in lecture include taxonomy and classification, characteristics of major kingdoms and phyla, animal behavior, ecology, conservation biology, geology, and astronomy. Students will prepare several specimen collections and develop a class field guide. Students should be prepared for mild physical exertion in the field, during both good and bad weather conditions. Participation in a weekend camping trip is required. Upon completion of this course one will have developed the skills necessary to understand, explore, and appreciate the natural world.
OFFERED: odd-year summer semesters

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