Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Cross-listed as BIOL329 / ENVI339
Conservation biology is an interdisciplinary field that develops scientific and technical means for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of diversity at all levels of biological organization. This course provides an overview of the discipline including the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss as well as approaches and strategies used to combat biodiversity threats such climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species. Particular emphasis is placed on the ecological dimension of conservation and the application of biological principles (derived from physiological and behavioral ecology, population genetics, population ecology, community ecology, and systematics) to the conservation of biodiversity.The course combines lectures, readings, in-class discussion, and a laboratory that includes both field and lab projects.
The Class: Type: lecture and discussion three hours per week; lab three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: lab assignments, two exams, and discussion participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL 203, or BIOL 202, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: biology majors, seniors, and juniors
Department Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Distribution Notes: QFR: This course uses quantitative and statistical analyses in both the laboratory and lecture portion of the course. In lectures mathematical models will be covered to understand conservation dynamics. In lab, students will collect and analyze data and present results in graphical and statistical forms.
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives;