BIOS 35502-01: Practicum in Field Environmental Biology, East

  • 3-credit, 10-week summer course from May through July

    Students prepared to check pitfall traps for frogs and toads

  • 28 students from Notre Dame and other universities
  • Consideration given for Native American and Puerto Rican students
  • For students who have completed their sophomore or junior years
  • Focus on a variety of taxa and natural habitats in the Michigan Upper Peninsula
  • Four 1-week modules
    • Aquatic Ecology
    • Forest Ecology
    • Invertebrate Ecology
    • Vertebrate Ecology
  • Independent research project
  • Research symposium in the final week of class

In the first week at UNDERC, students are introduced to the property and its variety of upland and wetland habitats. They learn basic field skills, including using a compass and map-reading exercises, driver's safety, and a review of statistical procedures. In addition, students complete a proposal detailing their planned independent project.

The bulk of the summer field course is comprised of four week-long modules, each taught by a different faculty member. The hours of class vary according to the topic; however, a 9-5 day is atypical in most modules. Total contact hours for the modules generally range from 40-60 hours, depending on the degree of independent assignments.

BIOS 35501-01: Introduction to UNDERC-East

Director Gary Belovsky introduces students to Bay Lake

A one-credit introductory course during the spring semester provides students with the basic background in aquatic, terrestrial, and environmental biology necessary for the field course. Training in the design of experiments, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of research results is included. Student materials (weekly handouts, Powerpoint presentations, etc.) are posted on-line for off-campus students not able to attend or enroll in the course.