Montana State University

BIOL 591-804: Using Local Ecosystems to Implement Biology Activities in the Classroom

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Sep 12-Oct 28, 2016
Credit: 1 graduate
Instructor(s): Joseph Bradshaw

Course Description

Please register using CRN 23655
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

In-service K-12 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

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

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 $48.
    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

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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