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Wyoming Summer Field Course

Ecology EVNR 3000k

Students who select the Ecology track will be registered for EVNR 3000K (Ecology) for 4 credit hours.

EVNR 3000K: Ecology is the study of earth’s biomes and the organisms that live within them. Literally translated to “study of the home”, ecology seeks to understand the relationships between organisms and their environments, including interactions with other living things (biotic factors) as well as non-living components (abiotic factors). Topics of study include population genetics, natural selection and adaptation, bioenergetics and nutrient cycling, temperature and water relations, and climate.

Wyoming and the surrounding states serve as an excellent outdoor classroom where students can experience ecosystems ranging from alpine tundra and montane forests to high deserts and canyonlands. In this field-based course, students will be immersed in each ecosystem and become familiar with the forces shaping them and the organisms that call them home.

Ecology track students will have the option of adding PHED 1130 (Walking/Jogging) for 2 credit hours and/or GHSC 2901 (Dinosaurs) for 2 credit hours to their summer schedule as well.

The GHSC 2901: Dinosaurs special topics course investigates how we approach the study of Dinosaurs and have come to understand their role in ancient ecosystems, and why studying them is important. This course can’t be taken alone, it must be taken along with the Ecology course.

The PHED 1130 course option focuses on improving Fitness Walking/Jogging skills while integrating them into daily work and leisure. This course can’t be taken alone, it must be taken along with the Ecology course.

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson