Courses

Undergraduate

BISC 4642- Animal Behavior (Fall, 3-hour lecture) (3 credits) Introduction to animal behavior; evolution, genetics, physiology and ecology of behavior; sexual/mating/reproductive behavior; habitat selection, feeding behavior, anti-predator defenses, social behavior, human behavior. Prerequisites: BISC 1404, CHEM 1322.

BISC 2561- Ecology (Spring, 3-hour lecture) (3 credits) An introduction to the theories and applications of ecology in ecology including evolution, resources, population dynamics, life histories, competition, community structure, ecosystem processes, island biogeography, human impacts on ecosystems, and consesrvation. Corequisite: BISC 2571

BISC 2571- Ecology Lab (Spring, 4-hour field trips) (2 credits) Laboratory and field studies designed to provide hands-on experience with habitats and organisms, ecological experiments, and data analysis. Corequisite: BISC 2561; Lab fee required

Graduate

BISC 6597- Conservation Biology (3 credits) Theory and practice of conservation biology. Topics will include maintenance of species diversity, design of reserves, captive management, genetic considerations, and factors affecting extinction rates. Undergraduates are encouraged to contact Dr. Hekkala for admittance.

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