Conservation Biology – bio280 (3 credits)

This course will examine the concepts and issues related to the conservation of biodiversity. Topics will include the impact of society on plants and animals, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, extinction, and genetic diversity.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Genetic Diversity and Population Management

  • Describe the balance of values, costs, and benefits in successful population management.
  • Describe the value of genetic diversity in populations of plants and animals.
  • Explain conservation in zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens.

The Value of Biodiversity

  • Differentiate what it means for a species to be threatened, endangered, and extinct.
  • Evaluate the criteria for determining the value of species.
  • Define biodiversity and conservation biology.

Ecosystems and Economics

  • Analyze the value of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Explain how human society alters plants, animals, and ecosystem dynamics.
  • Explain the costs and benefits of human enterprise.

Extinction and Threats to Biodiversity

  • Compare past extinctions with current extinction threats.
  • Describe the types and consequences of overexploitation on biodiversity.
  • Describe invasive species and their threat to biodiversity.

Conservation, Management, and Ecosystem Protection

  • Prioritize conservation efforts based on values and biological principles.
  • Explain management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Determine practical and political actions to encourage conservation.

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