This course introduces students to the amazing diversity of animals and how that diversity came to be. We explore how animals survive, function, reproduce, and behave in their environments. We consider practical and social applications of this knowledge. We explore how scientists answer questions about animals and who some of those scientists are.
By the end of this course, we hope you will be able to:
In order to do this, you will:
Take part in public decision-making processes affecting or affected by animals.
Research practical decisions that either impact or are impacted by animals.
Create an argument for the importance of animal diversity.
Develop the literacy needed to describe the diversity of animals to a non-expert audience, such as your child or a fellow voter.
Be able to evaluate the impact of human actions on animal diversity.
Grades are based on three exams, participation in discussions, the completion of class and discussion section activities, Clicker activities, and a final project.
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Students will attend three lectures and one discussion section per week.