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Animal Ecology (ZOO 389) – Syllabus (Spring 2020)
This course explores ecological, behavioral and evolutionary concepts and theories behind the relationships between organisms and the environment. Through a series of lectures, discussions and laboratory practices, students gain a deeper understanding of basic ecological theory (e.g., population growth, competition, migration), relevant evolutionary concepts (e.g., life histories, phylogeography, eco-evolutionary dynamics), and behavioral strategies (e.g., evolutionary stable strategies, mating systems).
Research in Animal Ecology (BIO 492) – Syllabus (Spring 2020)
In this course, students integrate the knowledge and skills learned in previous biology classes by developing a research project in the field of Animal Ecology. This is a broad field; thus, students have the freedom to determine their specific direction, by developing field, laboratory and/or data-based projects using a wide range of study organisms.
Mammalogy (ZOO 384) – Next offering: Fall 2020
This course explores the diversity and biology of mammals from an evolutionary perspective. The purpose is to gain an understanding on adaptive strategies, identification, systematics and life history of Mammalia. In the laboratory, students will gain skills required to understand the origin and evolution of mammals and mammalian adaptations to the environment; identification of mammals through the use of dichotomous keys, tracks and field techniques and computational tools for the study of mammals.
Biology Seminar (BIO 110) – Next offering: Fall 2020
The overall goal of this class is to learn how to succeed as Biology/Zoology majors and as future professionals. Students will also learn the correct approach to the scientific method, analyses, interpretation and communication approaches in science.
Population Biology (BIO 324) – Next offering: TBA
Population biology studies the structure, function and distribution of populations and the ecological and evolutionary processes influencing them. This course is an introduction to conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of this exciting field. Basic concepts of population genetics, population ecology and behavioral ecology will illustrate how populations respond to the environment in an evolutionary context.