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BIOL 5285. Aquatic Biology (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. An investigation of the abiotic and biotic processes that structure freshwater ecosystems and the differences among those ecosystems. The goals of this course are to learn the factors that influence population, community, and ecosystem structure in freshwaters; to conduct research in freshwater systems; and to gain a greater understanding of how human activities impact these systems. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5286. Community Ecology (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. This field-oriented course deals with the ecology of communities. Topics include diversity, community structure, metacommunities, island biogeography and disturbances. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5287. Conservation Genetics (2-6-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 2206K, BIOL 2207K, BIOL 3216K, and BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. Students will gain an appreciation for many of the concepts that form the basis of conservation genetics such as biodiversity and species loss, the genetic structure and evolution of natural populations, the consequences of reduced population size, the impact of gene flow on small populations, as well as the management and conservation of endangered species. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5288. Plant Ecology (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. This is an advanced ecology course with lectures and lab activities that focus on plants and their interactions. Topics include pollination, fruit dispersal, herbivory, competition, diversity, succession and physiology. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5289. Environmental Toxicology (3-3-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K, BIOL 3216K, and BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. Environmental Toxicology provides an understanding of why and how chemicals can cause adverse effects on living organisms, going from the cellular to the community levels of biological organization. The lab component includes basic equipment use and care, along with computational and critical thinking so that the student gains practical skills useful in a toxicity testing facility. (Course fee required)

BIOL 5295. Animal Communication (3-2-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 2207K and BIOL 3217K with a grade of "C" or better. Animal Communication will expose students to evolutionary and ecological concepts centered on animal communication. Students will explore mechanisms of signal production and reception, how and why animals have evolved to communicate with one another, techniques used to quantify information contained within signals, and the effect anthropogenic activities have on animal communication systems. Students will use evolutionary game theory to explore important aspects of animal communication including signal honesty, conflict resolution, territoriality, and mating.

BIOL 5535. Selected Topics in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology ({0-4}-{0-8}-{1-4}) Prerequisites: BIOL 2206K, BIOL 2207K, BIOL 3215K, BIOL 3216K and BIOL 3217K all with a grade of "C" or better. An opportunity to study one of the fields encompassed by ecological or evolutionary biology. The specific topic will vary by semester and instructor. Topics will be related to knowledge and investigation of the distribution, abundance and adaptations of living organisms as mediated by the environment and natural selection. Lecture and lab hours vary with topic, and laboratory work may extend beyond scheduled hours. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Course fee required.)