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2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog 
2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 361 - Biological Diversity

Semester Hours: 4

This course is an examination of principles and practices of conserving global biological diversity. Conservation biology draws from various sub disciplines of biology including ecology, genetics, evolution, and biogeography. The course begins with an analysis of the global distribution of biodiversity and examines patterns of biodiversity at genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. Emphasis is placed the main threats to biodiversity and the consequences of loss of biodiversity. Students will also examine tools and strategies for conserving biodiversity and discuss the application of conservation biology in today’s society. Laboratory exercises focus on specific topics including assessment and monitoring of species diversity in the field, population viability modeling, and the design of nature reserves.

Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 202 .
Lab Included: LB
When Offered: Offered every other Fall Semester.