PWS 344

Natural History of Wildlife

Plant and Wildlife Sciences College of Life Sciences

Course Description

Wildlife species and their habitats, including ecology, life histories, adaptations, behavior, genetics and population viability variables, and the ethics of global stewardship. Field trips required.

When Taught

Winter

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Recommended

PWS 225 or equivalent

Title

Natural History Fundementals

Learning Outcome

Be able to define “natural history” and be able to describe basic concepts and principles that comprise the natural history of an organism

Title

Ecology Problem Solving

Learning Outcome

In this course, students will be rigorously taught the scientific method and given opportunities to demonstrate the understanding through wildlife ecology problem solving. They will have writing assignments that provide opportunities for the synthesis and expression of the depth of their understanding.

Title

Wildlife and Fisheries

Learning Outcome

This course introduces students to a number of wildlife and fish species, and basic ecological concepts as they relate to wildlife and fisheries. Students will understand the biology, ecological roles, habitat needs, ecological adaptations, and interactions of fish and wildlife at various levels in an ecosystem. 

Title

Critical Reading and Thinking

Learning Outcome

Develop critical reading and thinking skills

Title

Effective Communication

Learning Outcome

Improve oral and written communication skills

Title

Lifestyle Diversity in Vertebrates

Learning Outcome

Gain an appreciation for the diversity of lifestyles among vertebrates