Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology 2020-2021
This concentration uses genomic and other tools to address questions about how, where, when, and why species evolve; studies ecology through topics like climate change, pollination, habitat fragmentation, and more; and uses genomic, spatial, and ecological data to address habitat restoration, rare species conservation, and natural areas management.
Through this concentration, students will gain a detailed understanding of the interactions between ecology and evolution, and the impact of climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species and other factors on biodiversity and ecosystem health. Students will learn how to apply genetic, spatial, and ecological data to address practical issues like habitat restoration, natural areas management, and biodiversity conservation. A background in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology allows students to have a foundational understanding of the natural world and to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including natural resources management, health, environmental policy, academia, and more.
This concentration involves collaboration and the opportunity to pursue research with scientists from the Chicago Botanic Garden.
REQUIREMENTS AS PER 2020-2021 CATALOG
Any three of the following courses:
- BIOL_SCI 332-0 Conservation Genetics - Understanding the effects of climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, pollution and other environmental factors impact the genetics of populations and how to conserve, manage, and restore genetic diversity. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215, BIOL SCI ENVR SCI 202, or BIOL SCI 341.
- BIOL_SCI 333-0 Plant-Animal Interactions - Plant-animal interactions, and their consequences for individuals, populations, ecological communities, and ecosystems. Examination of how these interactions are responding to ongoing global factors such as anthropogenic habitat destruction and climate change. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 330-0, BIOL_SCI 339-0, or ENVR_SCI 202.
- BIOL_SCI 336-0 Spring Flora - Field-based course focused on the evolution, ecology and identification of native and introduced plants in the Chicago Region. The course meets at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215 or ENVR SCI 202.
- BIOL_SCI 337-0 Biostatistics - Highly interactive course focused on analysis of ecological data and independent projects using the opensource software program R. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215 or ENVR SCI 202, a course in statistics.
- BIOL_SCI 339-0 Topics in Ecology & Conservation - This course will provide students with a conceptual and theoretical framework within the field of plant ecology and conservation. This seminar-style class is based on reading and discussion of historical and contemporary primary literature. It will provide the opportunity to think critically and for discussion within a structured but informal setting, and will provide students with a basic background in critically reading and writing scientific papers. Students will become more comfortable presenting and discussing papers with peers, and become more familiar with topics in plant science and conservation biology. Each student will write a critical review of a a manuscript written by a colleague, and write a review paper on a topic of the student's choosing. Prerequisite: BIOL SCI 215 or ENVR SCI 202.
- BIOL_SCI 344-0 Anatomy of Vertebrates - Vertebrate phylogeny illustrated via comparative morphology; anatomical/functional and ontogenetic considerations; dissections. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215.
- BIOL_SCI 346-0 Field Ecology - An intensive experience in field ecological research. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215; a course in statistics.
- BIOL_SCI 347-0 Conservation Biology - Evolution, ecology, and conservation of patterns of biological diversity. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215.
- BIOL_SCI 349-0 Plant Community Ecology - Processes that structure ecological communities. Students will gain an understanding of the history of community ecology as a field, and current methods used in community ecology research. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215 or ENVR SCI 202.
- BIOL_SCI 350-0 Plant Evolution & Diversity Laboratory - Introduction to the diversity and evolutionary history of land plants. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215 or ENVR SCI 202.
2020-2021 Course Offerings in this Concentration
|BIOL_SCI 332-0||Conservation Genetics||Staff|
|BIOL_SCI 333-0||Plant-Animal Interaction||Paul CaraDonna|
|BIOL_SCI 336-0||Spring Flora||Nyree Zerega|
|BIOL_SCI 337-0||Biostatistics||Stuart Wagenius|
|BIOL_SCI 339-0||Critical Topics in Ecology and Conservation||Krissy Skogen|
|BIOL_SCI 347-0||Conservation Biology||Joseph Walsh|
|BIOL_SCI 349-0||Plant Community Ecology||Amy Iler|
|BIOL_SCI 350-0||Plant Evolution and Diversity Laboratory||Patrick Herendeen|