NTRES 3220

NTRES 3220

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course will explore the historical and ecological concepts underlying the planet's biological diversity. The goal is to develop an overview of what we know about patterns and processes of biological diversity in the past, present, and future. Pattern and process is the foundation to explore conservation and policy implications of changing biodiversity. Patterns include species richness, endemism, and extinction for plants and animals. Processes include climatic, ecological, geographic, and human induced changes. Recognizing the origin and maintenance of biological diversity is imperative in light of the tremendous increase in the human population size and the effects that humans have on life on Earth.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: college-level biology and general ecology course.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

  • Describe the historical origins of biodiversity for major taxonomic groups, and how that biodiversity has been and is distributed across the Earth.
  • Describe the ecological and biogeographic concepts that influence biodiversity.
  • Investigate a topic of interest and explain the importance via research and writing.
  • Predict the consequences of changing biodiversity and conservation strategies.
  • Synthesize course content via writing and examination.

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  2980 NTRES 3220   LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: college-level biology and a general ecology course.