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 Course Title:   Conservation Biology

 Title Abbreviation:   CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    245

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    150594

 EPC:    615

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Introduction to conservation biology. Ecological software will be used to explore the planet's biodiversity, conduct data collection, parameter estimation, and population viability analysis.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: One BIOL, BIOL&, ENVC course or department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Natural Sciences, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW BIOL 2XX Natural World
WWU BIOL 215

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand diversity of life on this planet and the risk of extinction.
  2. Utilize ecological software to model populations.
  3. Understand real problems in ecology and conservation biology.
  4. Use ecological software for collection of data, parameter estimation, and population viability analysis.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Biodiversity.
  2. Population growth.
  3. Population parameters (demography).
  4. Density dependence.
  5. Extinction.
  6. Conservation of threatened and endangered species.
  7. Sustainable harvesting.
  8. Management of wildlife.
  9. Reintroduction of endangered species.
  10. Island biogeography.
  11. Metapopulation biology.