This course presents the principles by which aquatic systems are organized and emphasizes the manner in which representative aquatic ecosystems function. Ecological theory relating to energy flow and matter cycling will be a major topic as will studies of the adaptations for life in different types of aquatic systems. The second half of the course focuses upon water pollution sources, effects, detection, and control. One major weekend field trip with a fee of $20 is required.
Prerequisites: BIO 116 General Biology and CHM 116 General Chemistry I.