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Course ID:ECOL 3530E. 3 hours.
Course Title:Conservation Biology
Provides a conceptual foundation for documenting human impacts on natural systems and developing approaches to mitigate those impacts. Examines the distribution of and primary threats to biodiversity; policy and management approaches to conservation; economic and ethical concerns; and solving problems using cross- disciplinary approaches, illustrated with real-world case studies.
Athena Title:Conservation Biology
Equivalent Courses:Not open to students with credit in ECOL 3530
Nontraditional Format:This course will be taught 95% or more online, following the text Essentials of Conservation Biology (Richard Primack). Weekly learning modules will be based on PowerPoint lectures, multiple videos, open-source resources, and several readings (which address current conservation issues and concerns). Course materials will be posted on eLC. Lectures will have clearly stated learning objectives and review questions to aid in student learning. Students will interact within pre-assigned sub-groups to reflect on readings and will compose brief personalized written reflections on select lecture and reading topics. These student responses will be posted through an online resource such as “Packback,” which will allow students to share their thoughts and to also constructively comment on other students' perspectives. Course grading will be based on a combination of 1) interactive student-driven discussions and write-ups; 2) weekly online quizzes and written responses based on textbook readings and short videos; 3) an outside activity that requires students to communicate a student-chosen conservation topic to a broader audience; and 4) a written response to a current environmentally-themed popular science book.
Prerequisite:BIOL 1104 or BIOL 1104H or (BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108L) or (BIOL 2108H and BIOL 2108L)
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Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
Syllabus: No Syllabus Available