Summer courses for 2014

"The best courses I've ever taken at Pitt!" 

- PLE student evaluation

In 2014, we have an amazing collection of top-quality field courses that are sure to pique your interest. Courses span 3 weeks and they run in sessions from mid-May through early August.  Click on the PDF thumbnails below to check out the syllabi for the courses.

 

Session 1 : 11 May - 29 May 2015

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Ecology & Lab

(Biosc 0370/0390)

Dr. Anthony Bledsoe
Univ. of Pittsburgh
4 Credits

What better way to learn ecology than to be outdoors seeing it for yourself! Lectures and laboratory exercises emphasize environmental factors, populations, communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Dr. Bledsoe’s outdoor experiments and field trips are a great way to help understand the lecture material. Pitt students should enroll in both the lecture (BioSc 0370) and the Lab (Biosc 0390).

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Conservation Biology

(Biosc 1610)

Dr. Steve Latta
National Aviary
3 Credits

To protect and conserve the diversity of plants and animals in nature, we need to understand how to integrate ecology, management, and public policy. Dr. Latta uses activities such as bird banding and trips to Powdermill Nature Reserve to offer hands-on demonstrations of conservation principles.

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Forest Ecology

(Biosc 1160)

Dr. Walter Carson
Univ. of Pittsburgh
3 Credits

In this course, you’ll study the ecology, management, and conservation of forests. Pack your sleeping bag for an overnight field trip to study a major regional forest type, the beautiful Allegheny National Forest. Lectures, labs, and an independent project will get you on your way to understanding the ecology of PA forests!

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Field Botany

(Biosc 1330)

 

Dr. Jerry Chmielewski
Slippery Rock Univ.
3 Credits

Who doesn't like to see picturesque wildflowers in the forest and fields? June is an excellent month to view wildflowers and all of the other spring and summer plants. This course teaches you how to identify wildflowers, shrubs, and trees as well as how to collect and prepare specimens. Day trips to local arboretums are sure to be on the schedule!

Session 2 : 1 June - 19 June 2015


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Ecology & Lab

(Biosc 0370/0390)

  

Dr. Randy Layne
Slippery Rock Univ.
4 Credits

What better way to learn ecology than to be outdoors seeing it for yourself! Lectures and laboratory exercises emphasize environmental factors, populations, communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Dr. Layne's field trips are a great way to help understand the lecture material. Pitt students should enroll in both the lecture (BioSc 0370) and the Lab (Biosc 0390).


Behavioral Ecology

(Biosc 1140)

 

Dr. Nina Thumser
Edinboro Univ.
3 Credits

Why do animals do what they do? This course covers the principles of animal behavior with an emphasis on observering animals in nature. Through lectures, reading, experiments, and field observations, you'll learn about how animals make decisions related to feeding, mating, territoriality, predator defense, habitat selection, and parental care.

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Wetland Ecology (Click to view video description)

(Biosc 1310)

Dr. Bob Booth
Lehigh Univ.
3 Credits

Discover the wonders of wetlands! This course will help you discover them and provide an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur within and around wetlands and how these processes relate to the management of wetland systems for wildlife. Visit many different types of wetlands in the Pymatuning area!

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Ecology of Birds (Ornithology)

(Biosc 1230)

Dr. Anthony Bledsoe
Univ. of Pittsburgh
3 Credits

Have you ever wished you could learn the birds of PA and distinguish among bird calls? Then this class is for you! Learn all about the biology of birds, with an emphasis on bird anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproduction, and ecology. This course combines lectures and laboratory experiences with superb field trips to Presque Isle, Powdermill Nature Reserve, and the Allegheny National Forest.

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Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles

(Biosc 1180) 

Dr. Kurt Regester
Clarion University
3 Credits

What is the difference between a salamander and a lizard? You will learn this and much more on just the first day of class! You not only get to canoe the rivers of western PA and cruise in a pontoon boat on Pymatuning Lake in search of these amphibians and reptiles, but you’ll learn about their identification, ecology, and conservation.

Session 3 : 22 June - 10 July 2015


Disease Ecology

(Biosc 1220)

   


TBD 
3 Credits

This is an exciting new course for 2014 designed to introduce you to some of the major plant and animal diseases, including diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Through a combination of lectures and fun field trips, you will build on your knowledge of ecology and applied it to the fascinating world of diseases.  (Please note that this course has a pre-requisite of Ecology)

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Limnology

(Biosc 1270)

Dr. Andy Turner
Clarion Univ.
3 Credits
The Pymatuning area has a great assortment of lakes, ponds, and streams, making it the perfect setting to learn about them! You'll enjoy boating, wading, and swimming in the waters of western PA while learning about the biology and chemistry of water bodies.

Session 4 : 13 July - 31 July 2015

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Field Techniques in Ecology and Conservation

(Biosc 1390)

Dr. Josiah Townsend
Indiana Univ. of PA
3 Credits

The course is designed to give practical, hands-on experience in a variety of field techniques used in aquatic and terrestrial ecology and conservation. Topics include orienteering, vegetation sampling, radio telemetry, GIS & GPS, animal population sampling, aquatic insect surveying, and the design of research studies.

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Wildlife Management

(Biosc 1420)

   

TBD
3 Credits

The Pymatuning area is a perfect location to learn the principles of wildlife management including the management of habitats, exotic wildlife, urban wildlife, and nongame species. The outdoor classroom captivate you with lectures and field trips that illustrate how biologists manage wild populations.

 


Undergraduate Research (Biosc 1903) PLE Faculty
1 - 6 Credits
This course entails the execution of independent research, developed and supervised by Pymatuning faculty. Prior consent of faculty advisor is required. The number of credits depends on the design and duration of the project.