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BIOL 056: Ecology of the Sierra Nevada

Course Description

This course explores the natural history and ecology of the Sierra Nevada. This general education course includes an overview of the climate, evolutionary history, biogeography, community structure, natural history, and ecology of the plants, mammals, birds and insects of the Sierra Nevada range. Students also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic field techniques. This class is held in the field with required preliminary class meetings at West Valley College. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, camping equipment, and related expenses.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 32 – 36
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 48 – 54

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: None

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: B. Natural Sciences
  • CSU GE: Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning: B2- Life Sciences
    Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning: B3- Laboratory Activity: Lab course used from B1 or B2
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 5 - Physical and Biological Sciences: 5B- Biological Sciences
    Area 5 - Physical and Biological Sciences: 5C \u2013 Laboratory
Last Updated 7/19/23