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Course Code: EVSP417 Course ID: 4371 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the fundamental biological and ecological principles of conservation biology. Instruction covers measures of biological diversity, species concepts, genetics of small population viability analysis, and metapopulation dynamics; habitat fragmentation including edge effects, corridors and patch dynamics; reserve design principles; setting biodiversity priorities; and monitoring indices. Changes in land use patterns and the science of Landscape Ecology are also investigated. Current conservation techniques are reviewed through the use of case studies and computer exercises. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Explain the principles of conservation biology.
  2. Explain the concepts of extinction, species conservation, and biodiversity.
  3. Assess the role of conservation genetics theory in the preservation of biodiversity.
  4. Apply at least three quantitative methods used to assess the status of populations.
  5. Explain how the human dimension (human behavior, economics, land use, and others) effects the conservation of species.
  6. Evaluate strategies and tools used to conserve species or habitat at risk of extinction or destruction.
NameGrade %
Discussions 24.00 %
Week 1: Why Conservation Biology? 3.00 %
Week 2: The Value of Biodiversity 3.00 %
Week 3: Threats to Biodiversity 3.00 %
Week 4: The Endangered Species Act 3.00 %
Week 5: Population Viability Analysis 3.00 %
Week 6: Conservation on Federal Lands 3.00 %
Week 7: Terrestrial Biomes and Aquatic Systems 3.00 %
Week 8: The Future of Conservation Biology 3.00 %
Assignments 76.00 %
Assignment 1 (Wk 2) 19.00 %
Assignment 2 (Wk 4) 19.00 %
Assignment 3 (Wk 6) 19.00 %
Assignment 4 (Wk 8) 19.00 %

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Explain the principles of conservation biology.
  2. Explain the concepts of extinction, species conservation, and biodiversity.
  3. Assess the role of conservation genetics theory in the preservation of biodiversity.
  4. Apply at least three quantitative methods used to assess the status of populations.
  5. Explain how the human dimension (human behavior, economics, land use, and others) effects the conservation of species.
  6. Evaluate strategies and tools used to conserve species or habitat at risk of extinction or destruction.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.