ENVIRON 317 - Conservation of Biological Diversity
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Requirements & Distribution:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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The course focuses on one of the major problems that humanity is facing today: the irrevocable loss of global biological diversity. In the first part of the course, students are provided with an overview of diversification and extinction in the geologic record, and then explore the patterns, magnitude, and causes of the currently mounting mega-extinction spasm. In the second part, the course focuses on approaches that can be used to recover endangered species, address habitat conservation problems, and achieve ecological sustainability.

Students achieve expertise on the course topics through engagement in a combination of lectures, weekly discussions, assigned readings, films, field trips, and computer exercises. At the end of the class, students will be equipped to understand and address problems relating to declining populations and the sustainable management of biological resources.

Class Format:

Weekly discussions deal with material from lectures, assigned readings, and films; and performing computer and gaming simulations.



ENVIRON 317 - Conservation of Biological Diversity
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
003 (DIS)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
005 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 2:00PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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