Prerequisites: BIOL 201 and either BIOL 202 or BIOL 203 (or concurrent enrollment) (First semester—as needed/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours)
Birds are excellent subjects to study all levels of biological organization, from biochemistry and genetics through physiology to ecology and evolution. Ornithology explores the biological themes of unity and diversity among modern birds and their ancient ancestors. The course emphasizes the functional morphology, ecology, evolution and conservation biology of bird life. A conservation management perspective on birds will highlight proactive measures to maintain and restore bird populations for the next century. The laboratory introduces theoretical, empirical and fieldwork techniques for studying birds, and emphasizes identification of birds of the mid-Atlantic by sight and sound.