BIOL 6460 Conservation Biology. Four credits. Six hours lecture/laboratory. Offered Spring Semesters.
Prerequisites: BIOL 3400/3401 General Ecology.
Conservation biology is an integrative approach to understanding, preserving, and managing biological diversity. A broad range of issues is covered from the molecular level to the ecosystem level. Topics covered in this course include patterns and explanations for diversity and rarity; valuation of diversity; habitat fragmentation, exotic species, and overexploitation; management of species and ecosystems; design of reserves; and importance of non-biological disciplines such as ethics, economics, and sociology.