ENV 121 - Coral Reef Ecology
Coral reefs are said to be the “rainforests of the ocean”, and are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Their delicate ecological balance and health are affected by local, regional, and global environmental problems. Therefore the study of reef ecosystems encourages people to think beyond their own familiar point of view and to consider solutions to complex environmental issues with a global perspective. To serve as a scientific foundation, basic ecological concepts such as biodiversity, matter cycling, sustainability, and anthropogenic and natural stresses on ecosystems will be covered, with particular attention paid to those affecting the world’s coral reefs. In addition, methods of marine resources management, the economic value of the reefs, and the importance of the reefs in the cultures of tropical nations and communities are examined.
ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, Multicultural and Global Perspectives, and Social Responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of a college-level science with a C or better.
General Education Elective(s): Science
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education requirement.
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