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  • BIOL 460-01 Dendrology.  Dendrology is the study of trees.  The course is designed for students with an interest in natural history and field studies.  About three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.  Students will learn to identify many area trees from leaves, bark, and wood samples.  Students will also learn about tree habit, habitat, and uses.  Field trips are part of the course.  Prerequisites: Junior status, or consent of instructor.  Credit, 3 hours.  Offered spring semesters, odd years.
  • BIOL 460-02 Ecological Field Methods. This course is designed for students with an interest in natural history and environmental research. Participants will be allowed to explore ecological conditions and processes in local forests and streams through field projects, and receive experience and training in commonly used experimental techniques employed by field biologists. Students will also be introduced to experimental design concerns and data analysis processes involved in such studies. Two hours lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: Junior status, or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.

Many of the BIOL 460 Special Topics courses have involved travel to locations including Belize, the Bahamas or the Appalachian Mountains.  Click here to see photos of the recent course BIOL 460:  Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Belize.