GSCI 519V—Canyonlands Flora and Fauna

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Summer II 2007, June 17-27


Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt. 

Office:  B-11, Science Center. 

Phone:  870-460-1466

E-mail:  Web page:

Office Hours:  By appointment. 


            Suggested text:  None.  Some material will be provided by the instructor.


            Course Objectives and Topics to Be Covered:  To introduce the student to the flora and fauna of the Canyonlands of Utah and Arizona.  Students will observe vertebrate animals and major plants of the area and the habitats in which they occur.  Particular attention will be paid to the evolutionary adaptations that allow these animals and plants to live in desert habitats.  Students will learn the basics of scientific nomenclature. 


            Tests and grading:  Grades will be based on participation and completion of field notes and writing assignments.  Students will keep a journal recording detailed observations of animals, biomes, and plant communities during the field trip.  Comments will be included to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between organisms and their desert habitats.  The course grade will be based entirely on the quality of the journal.


            Class policies:  This is a field class, and will require the student to participate in all kinds of weather.  The instructor is here to help you.  Please feel free to ask questions at any time.  You are encouraged to seek help outside of regular class hours if you are so inclined, either during office hours or by appointment. 

Disorderly conduct is any behavior which disrupts the regular of normal functions of the University Community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.  This type of conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code.  The Code may be found on page 62 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog. 

Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 63 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog.  Please note that the instructor has wide latitude in taking corrective action in response to cheating; expect the harshest possible response in this class.


            Students with disabilities:  It is the policy of the University of Arkansas—Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the commitment of the University to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall, Room 120, phone 870-460-1026, TDD 870-460-1626, fax 870-460-1926.