An introduction to the basic techniques and methods used to study biology in an outdoor environment. A brief survey of botany, zoology, and ecology concepts will be included. Multiple outdoor experiments, collections, and field trips will be performed. Students enrolled in BIO 345 should be able to apply the knowledge and techniques learned to design and implement a field research project that demonstrates an understanding of the scientific method as well as mastery of the field techniques covered in the class. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 245 and BIO 345. This class counts as a lecture/lab course.