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: C or better in BIOL 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
C or better in BIOL 112
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Fundamentals of Conservation Biology
By M.L. Hunter and J. Gibbs (Blackwell Publishing) Recommended
By C.F. Jordan (J. Wiley & Sons) Recommended
Problem-Solving in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management
By J.P. Gibbs, M.L. Hunter, and E.J. Sterling (Blackwell Publishing) Recommended
By C. Leveque and J. C. Mounolou (J. Wiley & Sons) Recommended
The Diversity of Life
By E.O. Wilson (W.W. Norton & Co.) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of conservation biology as a science.
Define and describe the different kinds of biodiversity and their importance.
Describe the factors that impact biodiversity.
Compare protection and management of ecosystems as strategies for maintaining biodiversity.
Explore how social values, economics and politics impact biodiversity.
Apply concepts of conservation biology to real world issues
Analyze and interpret data in the context of conservation biology
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Conservation biology and its history
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
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
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.