September 2003
MARCH 5, 2003

The Cornell Wilderness Term (CWT) is an off-campus program comprising courses in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Courses are taught during the first term of the academic year at the Coe College Wilderness Field Station. The Field Station is on Low Lake in the Superior National Forest, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and not far from Ely, Minnesota. CWT provides students with unique opportunities for field, laboratory and other creative work, and for reading, writing and reflecting in a wilderness setting. Co-curricular activities--such as camping, canoeing and evening seminars--enable cross-disciplinary sharing of ideas. CWT courses are advertised each year in the TERM TABLE. Participation in the program entails additional costs that are not covered by regular tuition or financial aid, and include transportation, room and board, and use of Wilderness Field Station facilities.

Courses Offered in September 2003
Note: All classes begin on campus. Students and faculty will travel together to the A.C.M. Wilderness Field Station at the end of the first week of Term I and return at the end of the third week. Click on details for further information about expenses, weather, and what to bring.

BIO 1-209
Plant Morphology
(Marty Condon)

Structure and function of plants. Ecological, evolutionary, and physiological perspectives. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. (Laboratory Science)

BIO 1-321
(Bob Black)

Why are plants and animals found where they are and why are they more abundant in some places than others? How do interactions with other species and the physical environment influence the distribution and abundance of organisms? These are the fundamental questions in the science of ecology. In this course we will explore the patterns of life on Earth, the hypotheses proposed to explain these patterns, the evidence and methods used to test these hypotheses, and the application of our ecological understanding to practical problems. The course will emphasize organisms in the vicinity of the Wilderness Field Station but will draw on the ecological studies from around the globe to illustrate ecological concepts. Course work will include lectures, discussion and modeling in the classroom as well as field and laboratory research projects on the local biota. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. (Laboratory Science)

GEO 1-320
(Rhawn Denniston)

The study of landforms, landscape evolution, and earth surface processes. Particular attention will be paid to glacial and post-glacial environments in the north-central U.S. Includes field- and laboratory-based group research projects on various local and regional topics, and reading of primary literature. Prerequisite: GEO 112 and either GEO 111 or 114. (Laboratory Science)

The Cornell
Wilderness Term

The Boundary Waters
Canoe Area Wilderness

In 1999 National Geographic Traveler described the Boundary Waters as "paradise found" and one of the "50 greatest places of a lifetime. These are destinations we believe no curious traveler should miss."


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