This course focuses on the complexity and beauty of the forest as a biological community. The specific relationships between forest organisms and their environments receive much attention, but students also examine the distribution of forest types in North America and the more important forest species, especially trees. Forest management is considered, but emphasis is on natural influences--such as wind, fire, and insects--and the identification of woody plants. Students should anticipate much additional study on tree identification beyond the scheduled hours of the class. A $20 field trip fee is required.
Prerequisite: BIO 116 General Biology.