Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Professor Harrahy is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of aquatic biology, both freshwater and marine. This course covers material concerning water quality and morphology and how to apply this knowledge to practical situations, such as conservation. Both freshwater and marine biology are covered, however, freshwater is given a stronger focus. The ecology of organisms in these environments is also explored to an extent. This course primarily focused on on how to apply the materials to real life situations through labs in the field once a week.
This course gave me a lot of hands on experience. There is a lab once a week that lasts approximately three hours. During this time, you are expected to apply materials learned in class to a series of outdoor labs. One of these labs included a field trip to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison to develop a better understanding of toxicology and toxicity testing. I learned a lot about freshwater ecosystems, their ecology, and how slight changes in the environment can affect their fragile existence.
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Advice for students:
There are very few grades given in this course; only a handful of lab reports, three exams, and a rough draft and final paper. I would suggest that you study long and hard for all of the exams, as they make up a large chunk of your grade, and pick an interesting topic that you really enjoy for your research proposal paper (you will be spending all semester developing this paper). Also, never miss a lab! Professor Harrahy gives information throughout these labs that could end up on the exams, which I felt were the toughest part of the class. As long as you take good notes and study them properly, you'll have no problems with this course.