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Course Description

This course is primarily intended for biological sciences and health science majors and covers basic

    principles in the following areas: biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, physiology,

    evolution and ecology. A laboratory section reinforces these themes with “hands-on” activities, computer simulations and individual/group learning exercises.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Process of Science/ Properties of Life ; Evolution: Evidence and observations of

    the process ; Basic Chemistry/Properties of Water

    ; Evolution: Mechanisms of the process ; Carbon/Functional

    groups/Carbohydrates/Lipids ; Evolution: Origin of Species

    ; Proteins and Nucleic Acids ; Evolution: The History and Trajectories

    of Life ; Cells: size, types, organelles (Pt. 1)

    ; Evolution: The origin and evolution of ; Cells: organelles (Pt. 2), cytoskeleton,

    microbial life cell junctions

    ; Evolution: Plant Diversity ; Cellular energetics and enzymes

    ; Evolution: Animal Diversity ; Membranes and cellular transport

    ; Evolution: Humans and similar animals ; Cellular respiration I

    ; Organismal Form and Function: Basic ; Cellular respiration II

    Concepts ; Photosynthesis I

    ; Digestion, Respiration and Circulation ; Photosynthesis II

    ; Chemical regulation/Reproduction and ; Mitosis

    early development ; Meiosis

    ; Plant Form and Function I ; Transmission Genetics I

    ; Plant Form and Function II ; Transmission Genetics II

    ; Ecology I: The Earth’s various ; Molecular Genetics I

    environments ; Molecular Genetics II

    ; Ecology II: Population dynamics ; Regulation of Gene Expression

    ; Ecology III: Communities and ; DNA Technologies




Course Description: The biology of organisms in an evolutionary context, including biodiversity,

    phylogeny, and life history, and the anatomical structure, physiology, reproduction, and ecology of the

    major groups of eukaryotic organisms, from protista to mammals.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Introduction and overview of course ; Selected topics in plant structure, growth

    and transport ; Introduction to Evolution

    ; Nutrition reproduction ; Charles Darwin and natural selection

    ; Animal structure, nutrition, circulation, ; Systematics: Taxonomy & Phylogeny

    & gas exchange and the Protista

    ; Animal homeostasis and hormones ; Plant diversity and evolution

    ; Intra-term Examination No. 2 (all ; Seed plant structure, reproduction and

    material since Exam no.1) introduction to fungi

    ; Animal reproduction and development ; Fungi

    ; Introduction to ecology, and behavior ; Intra-term Examination No. 1 (all

    materials to date) ; Population ecology, Community ecology

    ; Animal Evolution, Invertebrates ; Ecosystem ecology

    ; Invertebrates & vertebrates ; Conservation biology and review

    ; Vertebrates


Course Description: Fundamental issues in conservation biology including biodiversity, invasive and

    endangered species, reserve design of the biological underpinnings of conservation issues.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Biological diversity ; TBA: In class presentations of Reserve

    Designs ; Extinction

    ; Non-reserve protection ; Habitat degradation

    ; Restoration ; Exotic species and invasions

    ; Mt. Charleston Field Trip (optional) ; Case studies

    ; Reintroductions ; Ethics

    ; Domestication ; Ecological economics

    ; Domestic environmental legislation ; Indirect values

    ; International agreements ; Rarity

    ; Problems and solutions ; Endangered species

    ; Special topics: Ecological footprint lab ; Reserve establishment

    ; Reserve design

    ; Reserve management



Course Description: Fundamentals of ecology of levels of population, community and ecosystems.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Natural history, biomes ; Competition in nature

    ;; Temperature Predation, parasitism, disease

    ; Water ; Herbivory

    ; Energy ; Mutualism

    ; Nutrient cycling ; Diversity

    ; Population genetics ; Food webs

    ; Population distributions ; Succession

    ; Discussion class: feral burros ; Succession case studies

    ;; Population dynamics Landscape ecology

    ; Population growth ; Geographic ecology

    ; Life histories ; Global ecology

    ; Competition theory


Course Description: Field Ecology is intended to introduce you to the practice of ecology. Toward

    that end, we will spend most of our time outdoors, observing and documenting patterns, making

    measurements, and doing experiments. The purpose of the course is twofold:

    1) To expose you to natural communities and ecological processes, and encourage you to

    ask and answer ecological questions in the field. This is a “hands on” course, intended to

    help you pursue your own ideas as well as to demonstrate ecological principles using the

    local biota.

    2) To equip you with a “toolbox” of useful methods in ecology. Within the context of group

    projects in the field, you will gain direct experience with some methods of sampling,

    observation, and hypothesis testing.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Ecological sampling and experiments Biodiversity indexes

    ; Mistletoe Fire and succession

    ; Ecosystem function P/J succession or Dunes

    ; Pinyon Juniper Succession

    ; Density and age of pine forests

    ; Plant dispersion

    ; Forest structure and fire

    ; Granvory experiment-setup

    ; Granivory seed counts

    ; Granivory/Rodents

    ; Gradient analysis

    ; Discuss pine proposal in class

    ; Independent project work



    Course Description: This course will cover the basic principles of the ecology of wild plants, and will incorporate information from such diverse fields as botany, ecology, plant physiology, genetics, biogeography, soil science and meteorology. This information is integrated to synthesize our knowledge of how plants interact with their environment and with other organisms, the dynamics of plant populations, the structure of plant communities, and the function of terrestrial ecosystems.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Introduction; Climate; Biomes ; Herbivory; Community Ecology

    ;; Ecosystem Ecology Succession

    ; Water; Light ; Diversitych

    ;; Population Ecology Landscape Ecology

    ; Histories; Competition ; Global Change


    Course Description: This course will present an introduction to the use of mathematical models for studying biological processes and systems. We will consider the usefulness of modeling as well as the associated pitfalls.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Modeling approaches and pitfalls. ; Organism Environment interactions

    cont’d ; Exponential growth model)

    ; Random processes and population ; Population growth models

    dynamics. ; Logistic equation population growth.

    ; Stochastic models cont’d ; Organism organism interaction models

    ; Chaotic systems. ; Competing populations.

    ; Computational genomics & proteomics ; Aquatic system model

    ; Sequence alignment methods. ; Organism Environment interactions

    ; Root finding methods.


    Course Description: Biogeography includes a broad range of subjects including evolution, ecology, paleontology, geology and climatology. This is because many different processes are involved in determining the distribution and diversity of organisms. Discusses what kinds of ecological and geological processes are causally associated with biogeographic patterns and processes.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; History of biogeography ; Dispersal and extinction

    ; Biogeographical system ; Reconstructing biogeographical histories

    ; Physical environment ; Island biography

    ; Geological/paleoclimatic earth history ; Continental biogeography

    ; Distribution of single species and ; Conservation biogeography




    Course Description: Application of ecological principles to land management. Topics include biodiversity, ecosystem function, sustainability, humans in the ecosystem, federal regulations of public lands, adaptive management, and ecosystem monitoring.

Ecosystem management is the “use of ecological, economic, social and managerial principles in

    managing ecosystems to produce, restore, or sustain ecosystem integrity and desired conditions, uses, products, values, and services over the long term” (Overbay 1992). In this course we will cover the theoretical concepts encompassed under ecosystem management, and practical tools for managing in an ecosystem management framework.

    Text: There is no required text for this course. Readings will be provided by the instructor. Readings provide background information for material presented in class. Other than papers for formal discussions, readings are not mandatory, but they may help you in answering potential exam questions.

Course Content (Topics)

    ; Definitions and history of ecosystem ; Restoration

    management ; Adaptive management

    ; Laws that govern ecosystem ; Monitoring

    management ; Managing for complexity and

    ; Ecosystem goods and services uncertainty

    ; Ecosystem stressors ; Temporal and spatial scales of

    ; Threats to Public lands ecosystem management

    ; Species approach to management ; Stakeholder involvement

    ; Ecological processes approach to ; Strategic approaches to ecosystem

    management management

    ; Landscape approach to management ; Barriers to ecosystem management

    ; Ecological processes disturbance ; Sustainability

    ; Historical range of variability


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