Retreat & Ecology Campus Course Descriptions
Listed below are the course descriptions for the Retreat & Ecology Campus Summer courses. Register for courses in LOCUS.
ANTH 399 Archaeology Field School: Building an Evolutionary Understanding of Place
Our main field project involves baseline topographic mapping and systematic subsurface testing of the Ecology Campus property. This hands-on research is aimed at understanding landscape evolution of the diverse setting since the last glaciers receded and defining the changing patterns of human-environment interaction. Educational fieldtrips will be taken to nearby localities of relevant paleoenvironmental, archaeological, and historical significance.
BIOL 266 Ecology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 265
Laboratory and field experience designed to illustrate the principles of ecology and to give students experience in collecting, processing, and analyzing data. Students will understand the methodology and use techniques in studying interactions of organisms to the environment and to each other at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels.
ENVS 398 Special Topics: Field Ornithology
This intensive 3-week engaged learning course at Loyola's University Retreat and Ecology Campus, scheduled during the peak of the migratory season, provides students with an applied introduction to the theory and practice of field ornithology. This hands-on immersion introduction to the science of birds helps students learn the various field techniques used to study and monitor birds for conservation and management. Students will become skilled in critical reasoning, field techniques, and scientific investigation that demonstrate an understanding of knowledge and techniques used in field ornithology. This course includes participation in a community service project in which students gathers critical data necessary for avian conservation and management and satisfies Engaged Learning criteria for service. Field trips for viewing birds in the wild, observing their behavior and collecting data on avian behavior and structure are highlighted. Students will participate in and actively contribute to ongoing research a project that monitor the birds of McHenry County and documents the use of vegetative structure by migratory and breeding birds at LUREC.
ENVS 398: Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases
This course will provide a broad overview of emerging diseases of Illinois in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss. Students will learn from both field work and site visits, including visits to local public health agencies, medical centers, and other relevant sites to see first-hand how public health practitioners manage important emerging diseases. As part of the course's fieldwork component students will learn how to monitor and identify important mosquito and tick species to develop a more environmentally friendly vector-borne disease and pest management plan for LUREC.