ENVI 339
Conservation Biology Fall 2018
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed BIOL 329 / ENVI 339
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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
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 2055
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: lab assignments, two exams, and discussion participation
Prerequisites: BIOL 203, or BIOL 202, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: biology majors, seniors, and juniors
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 329 Division III ENVI 339 Division III
QFR Notes: 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

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