BIOLĀ 0016V. Deserts of Southern California

Units: 2
Hours: 54 (27 lecture, 27 laboratory)
Explore and study the "hot" deserts of Southern California (the Mojave and Sonoran/Colorado Deserts and regional variations), discovering their unique animals and plants which are adapted to these extreme and beautiful environments. Deserts compared to nearby coastal habitats or the desert ecosystems in Arizona (depending on local conditions). California study sites visited include, at least, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, Salton Sea, and Anza-Borrego State Park. Focuses upon the interdependency between the physical environments and the biological inhabitants that live there. Hiking may be necessary. Camping, entrance and transportation fees may be required. Students may be required to provide their own transportation. (CSU)