DESCRIPTION: Conservation Biology is a young, interdisciplinary science devoted to the study and conservation of all the biological diversity of the world. It applies knowledge from many fields, including biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, biogeography, geology, chemistry, and all the social sciences, including politics and economics.
Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary course that should be appropriate for a wide variety of university majors who have at least some biological science education. While no formal pre-requisites have been listed for this course because of its interdisciplinary nature, students should at least have a general university science background (e.g., general biology, basic mathematics, and preferrably, some additional specialty coursework in areas such as agriculture, biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, horticulture, landscape architecture, natural resources, zoology, or various social sciences).
Students who are concerned about their science background should contact the instructor or consider taking the course "Endangered Species", which is intended for a general audience.
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: Multimedia CD-ROM lessons, participation in online discussion forums with classmates and the instructor, 4 written and graded assignments, no exams.
SUMMER REGISTRATION: Natrs 450 or 550, 3 credits, [M] course. Register through the WSU Summer Session: (http://www.summer.wsu.edu). After you register, send a confirming email to the NRS summer session coordinator for additional course information: R.D. Sayler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Science of Conserving the Earth's Biological Diversity
Based on the new CD-ROM Program: "Conserving Earth's Biodiversity:
- by authors: E.O. Wilson and science educator, Dan L. Perlman
- 21 video clips by E.O.Wilson - one of the leading scientists of our time
- 10 interactive models including: demographic and genetic change in small populations
- More than 1,000 color photos; 80 essays; 100 topic overviews; 15 interactive Maps; 2 in-depth Case Studies
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