Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of instructor. (First semester/3 credits) This course is available as an elective for the GIS-ENV Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that this course will count toward the GIS-ENV Certificate by the drop/add deadline each semester, so that GIS-focused assessments can be completed. Once a student declares the GIS option, the course cannot revert to the non-GIS version.
Conservation Biology examines the critical problems of maintaining, enhancing and restoring biological diversity for the 21st century. It applies disciplines such as ecology, population biology, genetics and modeling to the conservation of rare or keystone species and endangered ecosystems. The course includes discussion of multidisciplinary topics such as international trade in wildlife, ethnobotany, ecological restoration, conservation ethics, natural resource economics, conservation genetics and ecotourism. Students contribute to the seminar format through journal exercises, active discussion, role-playing and oral presentations.