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BIOL 104 - Conservation and Natural Resources

Credits: 3
Lecture Contact Hours: 3
Description: This course introduces the basic principles of conservation biology as they relate to our critical need as global citizens to preserve and protect biodiversity and natural resources. In addition to studying the causes of extinction; habitat loss and restoration; management of populations, communities and ecosystems; students also explore philosophical issues in conservation values and ethics. This interdisciplinary course integrates contributions from the fields of law, political science, economics, history and sociology into the fundamental biological principles of conservation. Practical applications, personal stewardship and globally sustainable solutions are emphasized.

Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended: None.

Course Category: Liberal Arts | Science
This course counts toward Schoolcraft’s General Education Requirements.
This course counts toward a Michigan Transfer Agreement General Education Requirement.

This Course is Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Fall
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Course Competencies
  1. Explain the basic principles of ecology.
  2. Discuss the importance of species, genetic, and ecosystem diversity as measures of biological diversity.
  3. Explain the relationship between economic progress and environmental protection.
  4. Prioritize environmental problems in terms of their severity and urgency.
  5. Compare the impact of various threats to global biodiversity.
  6. Explore the efforts of global organizations that focus on conservational biology.
  7. Contrast the population dynamics of less developed and more developed countries.
  8. Analyze the effect of individual ecological footprints on the earth’s ability to sustain life.
  9. Investigate the “Circle of Poison” as it relates to the global use of chemical pesticides.
  10. Evaluate opposing viewpoints regarding environmental controversies.
  11. Summarize the history and current status of invasive species in the Great Lakes.
  12. Examine the economic and ecological impact of non-aquatic invasive species on ecosystems.
  13. Identify specific case studies of international, national, and local efforts to promote conservation practices.
  14. Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability at the individual level.

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