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2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 University Catalog
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BIO 375 - Soil Ecology


Cross-Listed with: ENVS 375 
Prerequisites: BIO 104 , and one of BIO 240 , BIO 320  or BIO 360 ; or consent of instructor
Requirement Fulfillment: Fulfills a course requirement in the Biology Core Concentration Fulfills a course requirement in the Environmental Science Core Concentration
This course serves as an in-depth exploration of soils as unique habitats for life with a focus on understanding variables that affect the abundance, diversity and interactions of terrestrial organisms and, in turn, their influence on soli physicochemical properties, biochemical cycles and other variables that impact the well-being and sustainability of human societies (e.g. agricultural production, clean water availability). Topics to be covered include soil food webs, microbial ecology, soil aggregate formation, carbon and nitrogen cycling, relationships between soils and aboveground ecology, and the effects of human activities on soil biodiversity. During laboratory sessions, students will explore the basic biology of soil organisms, conduct research projects, and learn methods for sampling soils and soil organisms in the field.

4 credits
Alternate Fall



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