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Revision Date: 14-Jul-18

Natural History of Vermont

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 09-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-05-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Not Yet Assigned | View Faculty Credentials
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Service Learning Hours: 1-5

TBD: A possibility, in collaboration with the Stranahan Stewardship Committe, to continue work on the Thompson Road to improve drainage in the section below the southern junction with the Ravine"s Trail.

Comments: Field trips required.

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Course Description:

Introduces the geology, weather, wildlife, and vegetation of Vermont as part of the larger northeast natural region. Compares and relates present day natural history to that of ancient times. Students uncover patterns in the natural environment that demonstrate both the uniqueness of Vermont and its place within the larger northeast region. Field trips required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain the basic ecological principles necessary to interpret past, present, and future trends within natural settings.
2. Describe the geological time scale as it applies to the major geologic events affecting Vermont.
3. Explain the nature and value of aquatic ecosystems such as wetlands, lakes, and streams, discuss human impacts upon them, and examine principles of their management.
4. Describe and discuss how geological, glacial, ecological, and human processes have shaped and continue to shape Vermont's landscape.
5. Analyze the causes and effects of Vermont's weather patterns and discuss the implications for Vermont’s ecosystems and wildlife due to possible changes to its climate.
6. Describe the major biomes and ecosystems present in Vermont taking into account the reasons for and boundaries of vegetation zones and the distribution of wildlife.
7. List the major zoological and botanical groups present in Vermont along with their distinguishing features.
8. Determine from maps the physiographic regions of Vermont and be able to compare and contrast their associated geology, fauna, and flora.
9. Connect the effects of climate, vegetation, wildlife and topography to each other.
10. Use common field techniques to assess ecological dynamics operating in a specific ecosystem.
11. Explain human impact on the land in pre- and post-colonial history and describe how ideas around land use and conservation have evolved.
12. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

I want to stress that this is a field course. We will be outdoors every meeting, often for the whole class, so it is imperative that you be on time, prepared for wet and windy weather, hot sun, bugs, mud, and uneven terrain. You must bring appropriate foot wear including boots for hiking and shoes for wading. Bring a lunch, water, and snacks and a small field notebook and pencil to record results of our field exercises.


 all day field trips

field exercises

whole and small group discussion

required readings and weekly handouts

weekly papers (7)

service learning project

at least two orals reports

Evaluation Criteria:

50% class participation

50% weekly observation papers and oral report


Grading Criteria:


            A+       97-100%

            A            94-96%

            A-            90-93%

            B+            87-89%

            B            84-86%

            B-            80-83%

            C+            77-79%

            C            74-76%

            C-            70-73%

            D+            67-69%

            D            64-66%

            D-            60-63%

            F            59% and below

A+ through A-:  For any work to receive an “A”, it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work.  It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking.  It must express full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, and provide a critical analysis of these.  In addition, an “A” grade reflects a student’s ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning

B+ through B-:  For any work to receive a “B”, it must be good to excellent work.  It must demonstrate a strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.  In addition, a “B” grade reflects a student’s ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-:  For any work to receive a “C”, it must meet the expectations of the assignment.  It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.  In addition, a “C” grade reflects a student’s ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-:  For any work to receive a “D”, it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment.  It must demonstrate at least some comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail.  In addition, a “D” grade may reflect a student’s difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F:  Work that receives an “F” grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment.  It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details.  In addition, an “F” grade reflects a student’s inability to articulate his or her learning.  Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

            P:  Indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

            NP:  Indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading

            criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor’s course




Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware, since this is a day-long class, that missing more than one (1) class may result in a non-satisfactory grade or being asked to drop the course. Students on financial aid (grants or student loans) should be aware that they could lose their financial aid by missing multiple classes.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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