Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
    
    May 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 3350 - Natural History of the Mojave Desert

4 cr
Deserts contain diverse, fascinating, and unique life forms.  The open desert landscapes result in outstanding exposure allowing for the study of ancient and modern geological processes and features including volcanoes, sand dunes, and dry lakes.  Natural History of the Mojave explores biological and geological aspects of the Mojave desert in California.  Topics include the biogeography of plant species, plant and animal adaptations to desert climates and habitats, and the geological forces that shape and maintain those habitats.  The course includes a field trip to primitive areas of the Mojave Desert where hiking on rugged terrain is required.  The field trip occurs in the week following commencement and the laboratory fee covers all travel, food, and lodging costs.
Prerequisite: Eight credits of BIO or GEY with grades of "C" or better and permission of instructor.
Dependent on current travel costs, expected to be between $1000 and $1500.
Spring, odd years