Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Limnology and Reservoir Ecology


 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    315

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6.25

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    16B

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Structure and function of lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Includes physical, chemical, and biological controls of productivity and species composition of aquatic flora and fauna, and effects of pollution on water quality.


Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the landscape context and dynamic patterns of a lake or reservoir.
  2. Quantify the water budget of a lake or reservoir.
  3. Understand how light and temperature influences the ecological processes in a lake or reservoir.
  4. Understand the water movements of a lake or reservoir and shoreline impacts.
  5. Quantify and evaluate a lake's biotic structure and productivity.
  6. Measure and evaluate a lake's oxygen budget spatially and seasonally.
  7. Quantify and evaluate water quality parameters for lakes and reservoirs.
  8. Measure and evaluate lake plankton.
  9. Quantify and develop a fish management plan for a lake or reservoir.
  10. Quantify, evaluate and manage land-water interfaces.
  11. Evaluate specific anthropogenic influences to limnetic ecosystems in response to various watershed land uses.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Rivers and lakes: their distribution, origins, and forms.
  2. Water economy.
  3. Light in inland waters.
  4. Fate of heat.
  5. Water movements.
  6. Structure and productivity of aquatic ecosystems.
  7. Oxygen.
  8. Salinity in inland waters.
  9. Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles.
  10. Primary plankton.
  11. Zooplankton and fish.
  12. Benthic invertebrates and fish.
  13. Land-water interfaces.
  14. Anthropogenic watershed land uses and their influence on limnetic ecosystems.