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Invertebrate Biodiversity

Invertebrate biodiversity (BIO 440) is an upper-level 4 credit hour course. The primary goal of this course is to instill a general awareness and appreciation for the diversity of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, which compose of over 95% of animal species on Earth. Lectures will be devoted primarily to a survey of all the invertebrate phyla, with emphasis on morphology, internal anatomy and physiology, systematics, evolution, and ecology

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Vertebrate Biodiversity

Vertebrate biodiversity (BIO 441) is a 4 credit hour course, which include lectures and labs. The primary goal of this course is to instill a general awareness for the diversity of aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates. Lectures in the course will be devoted primarily to a survey of all the vertebrate phyla, with emphasis on morphology, internal anatomy, systematics, life histories, and adaptive strategies

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Ecology

Ecology (BIO 341) is a 4 credit hour course. Lectures on the basic concepts of the ecosystem and community, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and population ecology will be complemented by field and laboratory exercises. Students will develop and improve ecological literacy by learning the basic facts, principles and concepts in ecology. Students will improve their understanding of scientific literacy by learning how ecologists use knowledge to understand how the abiotic component of an environment relates to the biotic relationships. Students will improve analytic and writing skills through analysis and interpretation of ecological data.

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General Ichthyology

General Ichthyology (BIO 442) is a 4 credit hour upper level course, which includes both lectures and labs. This course examines the diversity of fishes, which comprise a third of all vertebrates on Earth. Students will primarily gain an overview of global and local fish diversity, with emphasis on identification, classification, anatomy, physiology, evolution and ecology.