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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 222
Course Title: *Conservation Biology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Conservation biology is the science of maintaining biological diversity but it extends beyond pure science into areas such as philosophy, economics, law and sociology. This course focuses on biodiversity and how this diversity supports the functions of ecosystems. Threats to biodiversity, particularly from human actions, and strategies for maintaining biodiversity are discussed. Cross-listed as BIOL 222. Prerequisite: BIOL 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Fundamentals of Conservation Biology
By M.L. Hunter and J. Gibbs (Blackwell Publishing)
By C.F. Jordan (J. Wiley & Sons)
Problem-Solving in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management
By J.P. Gibbs, M.L. Hunter, and E.J. Sterling (Blackwell Publishing)
By C. Leveque and J. C. Mounolou (J. Wiley & Sons)
The Diversity of Life
By E.O. Wilson (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Course Objectives
  • To examine the different kinds of biodiversity and how each contributes value.
  • To enumerate the threats to biodivesity.
  • To explore how biodiversity can be maintained.
  • To examine human effects on biodiversity.
    Measurable Learning
  • Define conservation biology.
  • Define and describe the different kinds of biodiversity.
  • Explain how different kinds of diversity are valued and why each is important biologically.
  • Explain historical patterns of biodiversity change.
  • Describe how factors such as ecosystem degradation and exploitation impact biodiversity.
  • Compare protection and management of ecosystems as strategies for maintaining biodiversity.
  • Discuss how social values, economics and politics impact biodiversity.
    Topical Outline:
  • Conservation biology and its history
  • Defining biodiversity
  • Species diversity
  • Ecosystem diversity
  • Genetic diversity
  • Extinction
  • Ecosystem exploitation and degradation
  • Human relationships with biodiversity including the roles of social values, economics and politics

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Julie Estabrooks Date: August 27, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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