May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BL 3250 - Principles of Conservation Biology

Principles and theories relating to the conservation of biological diversity. The course will focus on the following topics: patterns and processes creating biological diversity; estimates of extinction rates; consequences of diversity losses; approaches to conserving diversity, including large-scale conservation planning; conservation biology tools, such as population viability analyses and conservation triage; and causes of diversity loss including habitat loss/fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change. Topics covered in this course will include the history of conservation biology, threats to biodiversity, habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, conservation on private lands, species and populations, conservation genetics, the role of zoos in conservation, genetic techniques, working with native peoples, disease and the role of governments in conservation.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BL 1300 /BL 1301  or instructor approval.
Corequisite: BL 3251 .