Wittenberg provides students with more than just the classroom experience. The biology department allows students to not only learn in the classroom but also apply what they have learned in the field. For the biology department, hands-on learning is the best way to experience biology.
These field experiences are four- to five-day excursions to a habitat away from Wittenberg. Students sign up for a one-credit extended field experience that is separate from the course.
Biology 232: Herpetology: Students go on a four-day field experience to a 500-acre retired farm in Mississippi that is a perfect habitat for reptiles and amphibians. The farm sits between two large lakes that offer other field opportunities to collect, catalog, GIS locate and photograph specimens. Students will observe diverse turtle, lizard, snake, frog and salamander populations of the southeastern United States and analyze data based on these surveys.
Biology 239: Biology of Marine Invertebrates: This is a five-day field study at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. Participants typically visit two different habits each day to observe and collect organisms from their natural habitat that they have learned about in the classroom.
Biology 247: Marine Ecology: This is a five-day field study at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. During the trip, students typically visit two different habitats each day, and become familiar with sampling techniques such as trawling, dredging and core sampling. Students conduct experiments and collect samples that form the basis of the laboratory exercises at Wittenberg for the remainder of the semester.
Biology 346: Ecology: Two extended field study opportunities accompany this course. One is at Wittenberg's field station in the Huron National Forest outside of Grayling, Mich. This trip occurs during winter months to enable students to track forest wildlife and better understand northern forest habitats. The second is a four-day trip to a 500-acre retired farm with a mix of bottomland hardwood, fallow fields and pine plantations in Mississippi. Students compare species composition across taxa and among habitat types as well as examine ecological similarities and differences among species assemblages.