Montana State University

BIOL 591-804: Using Local Ecosystems to Implement Elementary Biology Activities

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Sep 28-Nov 15, 2015
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $303.55 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Joseph Bradshaw

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Course Description

In this six-week course you will be introduced to fundamental biological concepts involving the interaction of matter and energy that results in the change of ecosystems. Each week you will be assigned a biological activity that can be incorporated into the science classroom. Student learning will involve cognitive, skill and affective outcomes.

The goals of this course are to...

  1. Learn about the importance of abiotic and biotic factors influencing local ecosystems.
  2. Learn how plants change during the autumn.
    • Generate an autumn leaf and seed collection.

  3. Learn how insects impact and interact within ecosystems.
    • Learn how insects are impacted by pheromones.
    • Learn how termites can be used to study a micro-ecosystem.
    • Demonstrate how termites can be used to study pheromones.

  4. Assess the risk of pollution through the use of bioassays.
  5. Identify and research an invasive organism impacting your local ecosystem.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers will login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 6-8 hours per week to stay current and successfully complete this 1 graduate credit course.


Joseph Bradshaw, MS.


Bachelors degree and a general science methods course

Target Audience

Inservice K-8 teachers.

Time Commitment:

6-8 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $8.50
 Computer Fee$3.55
 Distributed Learning Fee$25.00

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.

Required Books/Materials

  • 1 package of radish seeds. Find locally in your town for approximately $2.50.
  • Termites Catch the Scent! Classroom Kit. Order from Carolina Biological,
    Item # 143722 for approximately $46.25
    Please wait to order until you instructor tells you it is time. Termites have a short life span.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Lisa Brown

How to Register

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