BIO 131: Research in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation [Every Semester]

Course Description: “Pull on your boots and come explore local habitats that may include the Mill River, MacLeish Field Station, Smith campus Botanic Gardens, and local hemlock forests. Students will gain experience with a diversity of organisms by conducting research projects that can enhance their understanding of ecology and conservation. Students will practice the scientific process and document their work in a lab notebook. Research skills developed will include hypothesis development, data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation of results. Because research projects vary seasonally, please see below for more information.”

Prerequisite: None, but BIO 130 recommended

In the Fall of 2023:

  • All three sections of Bio 131 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) will be taught by Marney Pratt.  See Bio 131 Projects Fall 2023 for details on the two main projects we will concentrate on.

BIO 269: Marine Ecology Laboratory [Fall 2021, Fall 2022]

Course Description: “The laboratory applies concepts discussed in lecture and uses several small group projects in the field and laboratory to develop relevant skills for conducting marine-related research. Students learn to design and analyze experiments, and to write in the scientific style. Field trips to the coast provide hands-on experience with marine organisms in their natural habitats. ”

Prerequisite: BIO 268, which must be taken concurrently.

BIO 201: Animal Physiology Laboratory [Fall 2014-2019]

Course Description: “This course provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct experiments in human and animal physiology. Emphasis is on developing hypotheses, designing experiments, graphing data, interpreting results, and writing in the scientific style.”

Prerequisite: BIO 200 (normally taken concurrently).