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Enroll in a course at the UC Center for Field Studies (UCCFS) and learn from our award-winning faculty and research staff. With more than four thousand acres to explore, students can engage in hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of environments. Courses at the field station provide students with the necessary tools to become leaders in conservation and sustainability. 

The following are courses that have been taught, in total or in part, at the UC field station since it began in 2008.

Courses to be offered in the Fall of 2018:

  • Ecology and Evolution Labs (BIOL2084)
    • This course addresses intermediate concepts in ecology across all levels of organization, in an evolutionary context. Students will explore how organisms interact with the environment and evolve in response to these interactions. The spatial distribution of biodiversity will be considered at local, regional, and global scales, and over geological time. Current environmental issues such as habitat fragmentation, introduced species, extinction, and anthropogenic interference with biogeochemical cycles (like carbon) will be used to illustrate the relevance of fundamental ecological concepts. The laboratory will be inquiry-based; students will formulate hypotheses, design sampling strategies, collect and analyze data. Interpretation of results will take the form of formal written lab reports and oral presentation.
  • Aquatic Biology (BIOL 3024/7024)
    • This course will examine the ecology of aquatic ecosystems. Focusing primarily on freshwater systems, the course will address their physical, chemical and biological properties, the origins and major characteristics of lakes and streams, and the distribution, ecology and adaptations of organisms living in aquatic systems. Key themes from freshwater ecology will be considered, including nutrient cycles, energy flow, and population, community and trophic dynamics, as well as the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on aquatic environments (such as habitat alteration, pollution, harmful algal blooms and climate change), and responses to such disturbances (policy, management and restoration).
  • Undergraduate Research (BIOL 4095)
    • The undergraduate research program offers studentsthe opportunity to work in the laboratory with individuals actively engaged in research. Being engaged in a research problem gives students the opportunity to be involved in a totally different aspect of learning biology than is involved in the classroom experience. Students will be given a specific research problem, learn approaches to address the problem, learn how to collect and analyze data and learn how to present results. With a minimum of three semester hours, students may use undergraduate research as one upper level course including laboratory.
  • Biology Capstone (BIOL 5050)
    • This course is designed to be taken in conjunction with another activity through which the student will be able to demonstrate the core competencies of the general education program of the university. These activities may include undergraduate research, appropriate activities within designated capstone courses, or field experiences in biology.
  • Graduate Research in Biology (BIOL 9001)
    • Continuation of research at the graduate level toward the MS or PhD degree. Students conduct independent, original research under the guidance of one or more faculty members of the department of biological sciences.
  • Film and Anthropology
  • Public Archaeology
  • Field Methods in Archaeology: Ohio Valley Archaeology
  • Surviving Climate Change. 
  • Archaeological Field Methods: Surviving Climate Change
  • Order and Tectonics. (This is an architecture course offered through the School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at UC)
  • Topics in Biology: Field Botany
  • Ecology Lab, E. Maurer
  • Environmental Field Techniques
  • Stream Ecosystems
  • Limnology Lab.
  • Wildflowers and Trees of Ohio
  • Ornithology
  • Plant Animal Interactions
  • Environmental Field Techniques
  • Plant Ecology
  • Botany
  • Interdisciplinary Field Experiences, (Science training course for middle and high school STEM teachers)
  • Experiential Learning in Environmental Research(Science training course for middle and high school STEM teachers)
  • Soils
  • Introduction to GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
  • Collection and Analysis of Climate Data
  • Physical and Historical Geology
  • Cincinnati Field Geology
  • Field Geology of Cincinnati