May 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

BIO 150-01 - Introduction to Biological Inquiry

4 credits (Fall)
Prairie Restoration. As a way to explore how biologists ask questions and develop answers to them, this class will focus on the biological problems involved in the restoration of tallgrass prairies. It will be taught in “workshop” format at Grinnell College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), where we will use the college’s prairie and savanna restorations as our laboratory. Students will be required to formulate research questions based on readings of the scientific literature, design experimental or observational studies to test these hypotheses, and communicate the results of these studies after the conventions of professional biologists. Papers resulting from a substantial independent project will be published in the class journal, Tillers.

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: Brown