Because science currently tends toward reductionism, taxon-oriented courses such as herpetology require a multidisciplinary, concept-oriented perspective. Such an approach encourages integration of ideas rather than a focus on details. One must learn to ask and answer questions and to make mental connections rather than merely to acquire facts. Few career opportunities exist for a 'herpetologist', and undergraduate students are better off acquiring a diversity of intellectual skills and tools. Nonetheless. organisms and their particulars continue to motivate and stimulate us.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Issue number||2 SUPPL.|
|State||Published - 1998|
- University of Texas at Austin
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology