university of north texas - department of biological sciences - institute of applied sciences



BIOL3160 Biological Resource Conservation & Management. 3 hours. Conservation Biology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL2140 or permission from instructor.


Course objectives: to provide an in-depth survey of the rapidly developing field of Conservation Biology. The field of Conservation Bio originated in the late 1970s from the merging of several biological disciplines. Many of the practitioners of these disciplines were concerned with the loss of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Currently many conservation biologists are especially concerned with species decline and loss, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and the effects of global climate change. Throughout the semester, topics covered in the course will utilize ideas from all areas of biology as well as some areas of the social sciences in context to Conservation.


SPRING SEMESTER (even years)

BIOL4005.004/5040.004. Ornithology. 3 hours. The study of Birds. Prerequisite(s): BIOL2140 or permission from instructor.


Course objectives: to provide an introductory survey of the biology, ecology and behavior of birds (Class Aves), with special emphasis on those attributes that are unique to birds. Birds represent a diverse group of >10,000 known biological species. Lecture topics include the origin of birds, their adaptations for different lifestyles, their individual and social behavior, migration, breeding biology, and their conservation. This course will complement concepts learned in Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Animal Behavior, and Conservation.



BIOL4260. Principles of Evolution. 3 hours. Population genetics; ecological, geographical and historical concepts of evolution. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3350 or 3451/3452, or equivalent. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5260.

BIOL5260. Principles of Evolution. 3 hours. Genetic, systematic, ecological, historical and geographical concepts of evolution. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.


other courses tought in the recent past

BIOL5005.015. Speciation. 2 hours. Evolutionary concept and processes of speciation. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4260/5260 or equivalent and graduate level standing or permission from instructor.


BIOL3451. Genetics. 3 hours. Genetic structure and inheritance in viruses, bacteria and other organisms with emphasis on Mendelian genetics, gene expression, and population genetics. Prerequisite(s): 8 hours of biological sciences and organic chemistry (may be taken concurrently) and admission to the biology/biochemistry major, or consent of department.



last updated 25 Oct 2010