BIO 108-1. Promise of the Prairie: The Ecological Universe of Where We Are (FYS)
What are the most common grass-eating animals on the planet? (a) cows (b) pigs or (c) goats? The surprising answer is none of the above, because it is (d) you! That bagel, spaghetti, nasi goreng or gai fan dish you ate comes from grass. In fact, almost 50% of the calories humankind eats comes from the same plant family as what is on our campus lawns. And we have been this way for some 13,000 years, since the advent of agriculture. Cornell College, situated in the largest bread basket of the world, is the perfect place to explore the relationship humankind has to grasses and the fascinating history, ecology, and future of prairie environments. In this class, we will visit stunning prairies across Iowa to see first-hand what the first humans saw who set eyes on the vast prairies of North America; observe prairie ecology in action, discussing its common and threatened species; visit farming operations to discuss their ecological and economic impact; and explore the future of grassland biodiversity and grassland farming. By the end of the class, students will have a deeper and richer understanding of where they are and where they will be for the next four years. Students will be familiar with how the biological and human world immediately around them works, and how students can contribute to a more sustainable prairie grassland future. (FYS) MILDENSTEIN

BIO 108-4. Topics- Wildlife and People
This course is designed for students (non-organismal biology majors) interested in learning about the interactions of wildlife and people in today’s society.  In this course, students will be introduced to ecological principles on the population, community and ecosystem levels.  We also will explore wildlife management issues, assess human impacts on wildlife, and investigate ways that wildlife and people live together. (Science) MILDENSTEIN

BIO 108-7. Diversity - Evolutionary Perspective
Diversity: An Evolutionary Perspective. What is diversity and why should you care? This course is designed to encourage students to read, discuss, and think about diversity—from a biological perspective. We will examine the diversity of life and life histories. Students will learn about diverse patterns of reproduction (sexual and asexual), gender, and interactions among predators, prey, and parasites within biological communities -- including human populations. We will compare patterns from an evolutionary perspective and discuss implications. (Science) CONDON