Natural History of the Southwest (BIO109)

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Do you want to learn how to identify the local common plants and animals and how they live in and have adapted to the desert?

What Students Say

"Natural History was my all-time favorite class! If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will love it."

"I used to think of the desert as a barren wasteland of dirt and cacti. I know different now. The diversity and beauty of plant and animal life is astounding!"

"Our 3-day field trip to the San Pedro River and Huachuca mountains was a life changing experience for me!! I will never look at nature the same way again. I bonded with classmates more in this class than I have ever done in any other class!"

Do you want to learn the local geology and why we are a desert here?

If so, then you should enjoy this class!

Natural History of the Southwest (BIO109), meets the laboratory science requirements for graduation at MCC, ASU, U of A and NAU.

This non-major course consists of loads of 'hands-on' activities like habitat creation projects, mapping, collecting and preserving specimens.

Class size is limited, allowing for field trips and other interesting group interactions.

If you like the out-of-doors and want to learn about the plants and animals of the Southwest, then this is the class for you.

Interested?  Questions?
Contact the Life Science Department for more information @ 480-461-7115.

Course Description

Natural History of the Southwest BIO 109

Study of the common plants and animals of the Southwest including their distribution, adaptation, behavior, and ecology. Introduction to basic field and laboratory techniques used in the study of natural history. Specific field problems presented dealing with plant and animal analysis and ecological interrelationships. 

Prerequisites: None.

Course Note: Field trips may be required.

Course Attribute(s): General Education Designation: Natural Sciences (General) - [SG]