BIOLĀ 0016P. Death Valley and Desert Ecosystems

Units: 2
Hours: 54 (27 lecture, 27 laboratory)
Field study that explores the unique desert ecosystems of Death Valley National Park and nearby areas. Extreme differences of elevation from high mountains to below sea level provide a rich variety of desert environments, plants, and animals. Field work emphasizes identification of animals and plants (many unique to these exotic desert habitats), their special physical and behavioral adaptations to the harsh desert climate and habitats, and the effects of human activities upon the fragile desert ecosystems. Hiking may be necessary. Camping, entrance and transportation fees may be required. Students may be required to provide their own transportation. (CSU)