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BIO 109 Natural History of the Southwest
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2013
SUN#: NA
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F
Cross-Listed: None


Description: A study of the common plants and animals of the southwest, including identification, distribution, adaptations, behavior, ecology and regional geography/climate. Introduction to basic field and laboratory techniques used in natural history studies with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. Field trips required at student's expense.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: Designed for STEM students and others interested in the Southwestern U.S. ecosystem.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Describe the climatic patterns of the Southwest.
2. (Comprehension Level) Describe general features of Southwestern geography with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert.
3. (Comprehension Level) Locate, characterize and describe the major terrestrial biomes of the Southwest.
4. (Application Level) Identify common plants and animals of the Southwest and describe their unique characteristics and ecological relationships.
5. (Analysis Level) Describe and analyze major plant and animal desert adaptations.
6. (Analysis Level) Interpret the numerical and/or graphical presentation of scientific field data.
7. (Application Level) Demonstrate the proper techniques for using scientific lab equipment, taking field and experimental notes, gathering data and safely performing studies using the scientific method.
8. (Synthesis Level) Write laboratory reports for scientific studies.
9. (Synthesis Level) Use basic ecological, environmental and general science principles as a foundation for defining and discussing current issues specific to the Southwest, including water quality and availability, pollution, climate change, drought, habitat loss and overpopulation.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
In Arizona, BIO109 is offered at Mohave CC, Pima CCD, Maricopa CCD, Yavapai CC, Arizona Western College, Tohono O'odham CC and Coconino CC. This course is being developed as part of a STEM grant awarded to the CAC Science Division with a start date of Fall 2013. This course transfers to the state universities as a general science course.