WIS 4554 / 5555c Conservation Biology


WIS 4554 / 5555 (joint upper division undergraduate/graduate course) provides students with an overview of major problems in conservation of biological diversity and applications of biological principles (derived from a variety of disciplines, such as population genetics, biogeography, and community ecology) to preservation of this diversity. Students are introduced to research and management tools used in Conservation Biology and gain an appreciation of the linkages of conservation problems across biological scales (genes to ecosystems) and geographical scales (local to global). The course is primarily a lecture-based course with in class discussions and also has a variety of assignments and exams. The course is 3 Credits.

Undergraduate students enroll in WIS 4554. Graduate students enroll in WIS 5555c. Most requirements are similar for WIS 4554 and WIS 5555c, though exact requirements for WIS 5555c vary from year to year.

These two courses focus on the ecological dimensions of conservation. Students who are interested in the human dimensions of biological conservation may want to look at the following courses: Undergraduate course - WIS 4523 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation, Graduate course - WIS 6578 Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation.