DESCRIPTION: The explosive population growth and consumption of the world's natural resources by humans is leading to unprecedented numbers of rare plant and animal species being pushed to the edge of extinction. The future for these "threatened and endangered species" is increasingly in doubt.
What are the complex ecological, social, and economic causes of organisms becoming classified as endangered species? What changes in human land use and economic systems are needed to conserve the natural biological diversity of all organisms on earth?
The course, "Endangered Species", explores these and other pressing ecological issues using the new multimedia CD-ROM, "Conserving Earth's Biodiversity", produced by one of the most accomplished scientists of our time, E.O. Wilson, and science educator, Dan Perlman. Featuring video clips, interactive models, over a thousand full-color photographs, and case studies of conservation issues, the CD-ROM offers an enjoyable and interactive learning experience beyond that found in ordinary textbooks and lectures.
SCHEDULE: Begins: 14 May; Ends by: 3 August, 2001.
FORMAT: Online and web-based (requires a computer with internet, email, and CD-ROM); Self-paced; Online discussions with classmates and instructor.
ASSIGNMENTS: 10 multimedia CD-ROM lessons, 4 written and graded assignments, no exams.
REGISTRATION: Natrs 417, section 1, 2 credits. Register online through the WSU Summer Session: (http://www.summer.wsu.edu). After you register, send a confirming email to the NRS summer session coordinator to receive additional course instructions: R.D. Sayler (firstname.lastname@example.org).