Bozeman, MT/Yellowstone National Park
Jun 24-Jun 28, 2013
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $676.70
Instructor(s): John Peters and Christine Smith
Course DescriptionThis course will provide a survey of the ecology of important organisms common in thermal habitats of Yellowstone National Park, including a review of different life forms and the physical and chemical habitats that define their environment. The course is structured to provide (1) a basic understanding of the ecology of a variety of life forms in thermal habitats, (2) a survey of observational techniques and hands-on activities appropriate for science educators, and (3) field trips to visit and characterize several geothermal habitats environments. Fundamental principles of thermal biology will be emphasized during lectures on Monday, Thursday and Friday. This class will have a two day field trip on Tuesday and Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, with an overnight TENT camp experience at Madison Campground. Two days in the field will be used to visit, discuss, sample and characterize diverse geothermal habitats in Yellowstone National Park.
Physical Fitness Requirement: Field trips will require walking distances of up to 4 miles with moderate slopes and will involve being in the field for the majority of the day. Weather may vary!
Transportation will be provided by the MSU motor pool (vans) - no personal vehicles permitted (no exceptions).
Students are expected to provide the following minimum equipment for their camping needs:
Meeting Place and Times
Class: MRF 9:00 am – 12 noon
Instructor(s)John Peters, PhD.
Christine Smith. Thermal Biology Institute
PrerequisitesTwo years of experience teaching science at the secondary level; graduate standing.
Target AudienceRestricted Entry for Science Educators
Tuition and Fees
A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.
The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.
A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).
To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.
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For More Information
contact Diana Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-5679.
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