Students in this course focus on Missouri’s geology, climate, archaeology, and native mega-fauna. Multiple camping trips provide a wonderful opportunity to apply classroom concepts to Missouri’s ecosystems and ecological habitats.

AMP: Ampersand: Pathfinder – A Sense of Place: Discovering Missouri’s Natural Heritage3.0 Units 
Stan Braude, Ph.D.Professor of Practice, Department of Biology
Description: Missouri’s Natural Heritage is for freshmen who want to get outdoors and learn about their home for the next four years. We will begin with a survey of Missouri geology, climate, archaeology, and ecology.  This will provide a foundation for understanding management of our diverse habitats (prairie, forest, glade, and stream) and the biology of our diverse plant and animal wildlife (arthropods, mollusks, fish, salamanders, lizards, birds, and mammals). In addition to weekly lecture and discussion, students in this class will visit sites across the state during a number of afternoon field trips and weekend camping trips. Interested students should explore the Course Website: and apply to the Pathfinder Scholars Program.

*This natural science course is offered by the Biology Department, but does not replace requirements for the Biology major or for pre-health careers. Please see the Handbook for Biology Majors for details of Biology major requirements.

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