Course Description Listing


BIO- 101 Introductory Biology (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the science of biology including life processes, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity. Living systems are viewed from the sub-cellular to the community level, emphasizing the diversity, functioning, and interaction of whole organisms.

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BIO- 111 Science, the Environment and Sustainability (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab, Contemporary Issues, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Relationship of humans to the natural environment with a focus on sustainability. Ecological principles in relation to global contemporary problems, such as resource utilization, species extinction, human population dynamics, and climate change, with an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. A special course fee applies.

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BIO- 125 Biology Of Aging (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science
Repeatable: No
Understanding the aging process. Physiological, demographic, immunological and overall health aspects of aging.

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BIO- 128 Community Health (2.00 cr.)
Health and Physical Education - Health
Repeatable: No
Disease prevention through education, sanitation, isolation and immunization; public health programs and operation of federal and state laws.

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BIO- 130 Human Sexual Biology (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science, Contemporary Issues
Repeatable: No
Interdisciplinary investigation into human reproductive physiology, from development through reproduction and aging, including contraception and sexually transmitted infections, within a framework of historical context and societal lens.

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BIO- 132 Human Biology (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Basic concepts of physiological processes and anatomy of all organ systems of humans, based on dissection of a cat; embryological development.

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BIO- 135 Organismal Biology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the biological sciences, including evolution, an overview of life's diversity, plant biology, animal biology, and ecology. Emphasis on scientific thought processes, laboratory skills, and communication skills.

Must be APSCI, ENVSCI, SCIED, or PRE-HEALTH major

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BIO- 136 College Molecular Cell Biology I (5.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the biological sciences, including cell biology, physiology, and molecular biology. Emphasis on scientific thought processes, laboratory skills, and communication skills. For Applied Science and Science Education majors, and Biology minors.

Must be APSCI, ENVSCI, SCIED, or PRE-HEALTH major

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BIO- 141 Plants and People (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab, Contemporary Issues, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Interdisciplinary investigation into the global economic and cultural importance of plants, how aspects of plant biology have played historical roles in shaping societies around the world, and the roles of plants in solving future societal problems. A special course fee applies.

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BIO- 150 Environmental Science (2.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
The relationship of humans to the natural environment. Study of ecological principles in relation to contemporary problems such as resource utilization, human population dynamics, waste and pollution control.

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BIO- 196 Biology of Women (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Genetics of sex determination, development, anatomy, reproductive biology, intelligence, aging, disease, behavior and evolution as they relate to the biology of women. Offered in Scotland.

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BIO- 199 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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BIO- 210 Concepts And Issues In Biotechnology (2.00 cr.)
Natural Science, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Concepts and issues in the field of Biotechnology. Overview of stem cell research, cloning, tissue engineering, artificial organs, genetically modified foods, and others as appropriate.

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BIO- 220 Physiology Of Disabilities (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Causes, consequences, prognoses and treatments of diseases and injuries common in today's society. Includes genetic disorders, birth defects, cancers, degenerative disorders, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular abnormalities and immune disorders.

Prerequisites: BIO-132 or BIO-234

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BIO- 234 Physiology And Anatomy (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
The structure and function of the human organism at the cellular, organ, and organism levels with emphasis on the physiological control systems and the concept of homeostasis as the unifying concept in physiology.

Prerequisites: take BIO-101 or CHEM-125 or CHEM-135

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BIO- 235 Molecular Cell Biology II (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Consideration of eukaryotic cell structure, function and processes.

Prerequisites: take BIO-135 and CHEM-136

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BIO- 242 Botany (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Introduction to structure and function of plants, survey of plant kingdom, and structure and life history of representative forms of plant life.

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BIO- 250 Chainsaw Safety Certification Levels 1 and 2 (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Two-day field course introducing chainsaw use, maintenance, and safety. Chainsaw parts, their function and care; proper care and use of personal protective equipment; creating a pre-fell plan and safety evaluation; and notching, felling, limbing, and bucking techniques will be covered. Chainsaw safety certifications will be awarded upon completion.

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BIO- 252 Zoology (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Investigation of vertebrate and invertebrate animal life. Diversity, physiology and adaptation of the animal species.

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BIO- 260 Ichthyology - Wisconsin Fishes (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the study of fishes, including morphology, taxonomy, classification, evolution, behavior, and general ecology of fishes. Special emphases on field identification of Wisconsin fishes, management of Wisconsin fish populations, and global conservation of fishes.

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BIO- 270 Natural History of the Neotropics (4.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Natural history of neotropical marine and terrestrial systems, including coral reefs and rainforests. Focus on patterns and processes underlying biodiversity of the tropics, including ecological principles, specific adaptations,and taxonomy of tropical biota. Introduction to human cultures of the neotropics and their historical and contemporary impacts on biodiversity.

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BIO- 299 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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BIO- 306 General Microbiology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to microbial life forms including Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya. Survey of microbial cell biology, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, and pathogenesis. Bacteriological and molecular methods used to identify microorganisms in natural and artificial environments.

Prerequisite: take BIO-101 or any CHEM

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BIO- 322 Plant Pathology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Principles and concepts of plant pathology, including the impact of plant disease to crop production, environment and society.

BIO-242

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BIO- 324 Vascular Plant Taxonomy (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Plant classification, identification, and evolution. Focus on flowering plant families of the Upper Midwest. Field trips and plant collection required.

BIO-242

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BIO- 332 Genetics (3.00 cr.)
Natural Science with Lab
Repeatable: No
Fundamental principles of genetics, from Mendel to the present; applications to plants, animals and humans. Laboratory reinforces principles studied in lecture and includes performance of genetic crosses, the cell, mitosis/meiosis, use of mathematical tools to analyze data, gene mapping, karyotyping, pedigree analysis, and the concepts of transformation/transduction.

Prerequisites: take BIO-101

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BIO- 336 Infection and Immunity (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Examination of the human immune system and infectious diseases including past epidemics as well as emerging infections in society.

Prerequisites: Take either BIO-136 or BIO-306 or CHEM-311

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BIO- 343 Plant Physiology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
The fundamental physiological processes of plants including investigation of the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of plants.

Prerequisites: BIO-242 and 100-level CHEM or higher

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BIO- 350 Ecology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Interrelationships of organisms with their abiotic and biotic environments.

Prerequisites: take BIO-111 or BIO-135 or BIO-141

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BIO- 351 Ecology Laboratory (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Application of ecological methods to answering ecological questions, including research study development, data analysis, and interpretation.

Prerequisite: take BIO-350, or concurrent enrollment

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BIO- 352 Plant Ecology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Investigation into factors affecting the distribution and abundance of plants. Laboratory and discussion emphasis on using field sampling, GIS, current research, and restoration techniques to identify and solve plant resource management problems. Weekend field trip(s) required.

Prerequisite: take BIO-242

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BIO- 355 Entomology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Biology of insects and related arthropods, with emphasis on evolution, ecology, behavior, biodiversity, morphology, and systematics. Laboratory emphasizes identification and collection.

Prerequisites: Take BIO-111 or BIO-135 or BIO-136 or BIO-141

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BIO- 358 Introductory Pharmacology (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Discussion of the sites and mechanisms of drug action, mechanisms of drug distribution, biotransformation and elimination. Analgesics and psychoactive drugs, drugs used clinically to impact cardiovascular care and to manipulate the reproductive system.

Prerequisites: take BIO-132, BIO-234 or CHEM-135

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BIO- 360 Introduction To Neuroscience (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Investigation of the human nervous system at the molecular, cellular and system level. Organi- zation and function of neuronal cells, sensory receptors, sensory and motor pathways and integration centers. Introduction to electro- physiology, biochemistry of neurotransmitters and receptors, neuropharmacology, development of the nervous system, and consequences of neuronal disease and trauma.

Prerequisites: BIO-132 or BIO-234

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BIO- 361 Psychobiology (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Biological basis of human and animal behavior: evolution of physiological and behavioral adaptations of organisms to their environment.

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BIO- 362 Advanced Physiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human physiology with emphasis on integration of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, renal, respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems. Cellular and molecular processes are studied. Computer simulations and experiments in frog physiology will be utilized.

Prerequisites: take BIO-234

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BIO- 370 Biotechnology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theoretical and laboratory experience in recombinant DNA techniques and their applications in the biotechnology industry.

Prerequisites: take BIO-235 and CHEM-201

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BIO- 372 Plant Biotechnology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Presents an overview of the techniques and underlying theory of plant tissue culture and genetic engineering, research and commercial applications, and issues/challenges in the area of plant biotechnology.

Prerequisites: take BIO-136, BIO-235 and BIO-242

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BIO- 386 Introduction to Biostatistical Analysis (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Overview of quantitative analytical techniques applied to biological questions using the scientific method. Statistical procedures will encompass descriptive and inferential techniques including graphical display of data, quantitative description, hypothesis testing, and study design as applied to biological and health sciences.

Prerequisite: Take BIO-135 or 136, and MATH-121 or equivalent

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BIO- 399 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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BIO- 400 Special Topics In Biotechnology (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Topics of current or historical importance in the understanding of biotechnology. Designated topics announced prior to start of semester. May be repeated for elective credit.

Must be Junior level or higher

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BIO- 406 Food Microbiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Methods of food preservation, their effectiveness and related food spoilage by microorganisms. Quality control techniques used to determine presence of specific groups of economically important microorganisms.

Prerequisite: take BIO-306

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BIO- 425 Proteomics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
State-of-the-art training in proteomics. Solutions to biological research questions and operation of proteomics equipment such as chromatography devices and mass spectrometers.
Instructor's consent

Prerequisite: take BIO-235. Must be concurrently enrolled in CHEM-311.

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BIO- 434 Cadaver Dissection (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Detailed regional exploration, through cadaver dissection, of human anatomical structures with emphasis on appendages, thorax and abdomen. Identification of muscles, blood vessels, nerves and organs.

Prerequisites: take BIO-234

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BIO- 444 Problem In Environmental Sustainability (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Integrate knowledge, theory, and practice from the humanities, social and natural sciences to explore current environmental issues and challenges.

Prerequisites: Junior level or higher and BIO-350

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BIO- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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BIO- 450 Aquatic Ecology and Management (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Principles of lake ecology, water resources degradation, management, and restoration. Diagnosis of water quality problems and solutions with emphasis on field research techniques, empirical modeling, and nutrient budgetary approaches. Integrated research/service experiences.

Prerequisites: take BIO-350 and CHEM-135

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BIO- 452 Wetland Ecology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Physical, biological, and biogeochemical processes that influence wetland systems. Wetland classification, geomorphology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, soil development, succession, plant and animal adaptations, management, restoration, and protection. Techniques used to study wetlands in northern Wisconsin.

Prerequisites: take BIO-242 or BIO-252, and take CHEM-135

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BIO- 460 Epidemiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Principles of epidemiology, determinants of major public health problems including infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, and emerging threats.

Prerequisites: take BIO-386 or STAT-320

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BIO- 462 Environmental Toxicology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Environmental toxins found in the air, water, and soil and their impacts on the health and well-being of humans, animals, and plants. Detection, measurement, analysis, and regulation of select classes of contaminants, including emerging contaminants of concern.

Prerequisites: take BIO-135 or BIO-136 or BIO-234, and take CHEM-135

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BIO- 470 Advanced Biotechnology (5.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Molecular biotechnology, including manipulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, computer analysis of genomic and proteomic data, and applications in the biotechnology industry.
Instructor's consent

Prerequisites: take BIO-235 and BIO-370

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BIO- 489 Advanced Biology Experience (1.00 - 4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Experiences leading to deeper understanding of biological principles.
Instructor's consent

Must be Junior level or higher

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BIO- 490 Histotechnician Laboratory Practicum I (15.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Techniques in tissue preparation, normal microscopic histology, instrumentation, histochemistry, embedding, routine staining, quality control, laboratory management, computer entry and safety.

Prerequisites: take CHEM-135, MATH-120, BIO-234, and FN-207

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BIO- 491 Histotechnician Laboratory Practicum II (15.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Instrumentation used in processing tissues including the cryostat and automatic strainers and coverslippers, various staining techniques for identification of cellular components and bio-molecules. Techniques for tissue microtomy, embedding, frozen sectioning, routine and special staining. Special rotations include a visit to a veterinary lab and minimal cross-training in cytology specimen preparation.

Prerequisites: take BIO-490

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BIO- 492 Histotechnician Laboratory Practicum III (6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Specialization in immunoperoxidase, muscle biopsies, and exposure to electron microscopy. Theory in muscle biopsies, molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry (IHC). Techniques in IHC staining, basic slide interpretation and instrument training.

Prerequisite: take BIO-491

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BIO- 493 Bioinformatics Practicum (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Experiences leading to deeper understanding of bioinformatics through participation in a "linked-courses" interdisciplinary learning community. Students will complete a faculty-advised semester research project, write a senior thesis describing their project, present the results in an appropriate research forum, and participate in the learning community journal club.

Prerequisite: take MSCS-492

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BIO- 494 Cytotechnology Practicum I (16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theory and practical training in laboratory analysis of human cell morphology and its relation to diseases. Includes basic specimen handling, cytotechnology techniques, and microscopy. Focus is on the female reproductive, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary organ systems.

Prerequisites: take CHEM-135, MATH-120, BIO-234, and FN-207

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BIO- 495 Cytotechnology II (16.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theory and practical training in laboratory analysis of human cell morphology and its relation to diseases. Focuses on the following organ systems: effusions, central nervous system, fine needle aspirations, advanced clinical practice, advanced techniques, and management practices.

Prerequisite: take BIO-494

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BIO- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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BIO- 560 Introduction To Neuroscience (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Investigation of the human nervous system at the molecular, cellular and system level. Organi- zation and function of neuronal cells, sensory receptors, sensory and motor pathways and integration centers. Introduction to electro- physiology, biochemistry of neurotransmitters and receptors, neuropharmacology, development of the nervous system, and consequences of of neuronal disease and trauma.

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BIO- 561 Psychobiology (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Biological basis of human and animal behavior: evolution of physiological and behavioral adaptations of organisms to their environment.

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BIO- 562 Advanced Physiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human physiology with emphasis on integration of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, renal, respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems. Cellular and molecular processes are studied. Computer simulations and experiments in frog physiology will be utilized.

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BIO- 606 Food Microbiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Methods of food preservation, their effectiveness and related food spoilage by microorganisms. Quality control techniques used to determine presence of specific groups of economically important microorganisms.

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BIO- 660 Epidemiology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Principles of epidemiology, determinants of major public health problems including infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, and emerging threats.

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BIO- 662 Environmental Toxicology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Environmental toxins found in the air, water, and soil and their impacts on the health and well-being of humans, animals, and plants. Detection, measurement, analysis, and regulation of select classes of contaminants, including emerging contaminants of concern.

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BIO- 710 Biological Research Foundations (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Overview of original research process in the biological sciences, including identification of research topics, literature review, and development of a research proposal.

Must be admitted to the PSM Conservation Biology program

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BIO- 730 Conservation Biology (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introduction to the field of conservation biology; drivers that impact biological diversity and practices to maintain and rehabilitate the diversity of biological communities and populations. The importance of biodiversity; habitat destruction and fragmentation; ecological function and services; invasive species; extinctions; conservation theory, practices, and case studies, and human impacts on biodiversity.
Department consent

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BIO- 735 Field Problems in Conservation Biology (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Completion of an original field project for business or industry, culminating in a deliverable for a client and a project report presented in a research project format.
Instructor's consent

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BIO- 749 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 5.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and studying an approved training department in business, industry, or government. May be recurring, and consists of supervised work/study periods. Any recurring work/study periods would be designed to build upon previous experiences in the course.
Department consent

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