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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor in Conservation Ecology

MAJOR: Conservation Ecology

Co-directors of the Program:

Associate Professor, Ralph Preszler, Department Head, Biology

Professor, Kathryn Stoner, Department Head, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

 

Professors Boeing, Boecklen, Caldwell, Cowley, Desmond, Houde, Milligan, Nishiguchi, Roemer, G. Smith; Associate Professors Bailey, Cain, Hanley, Mabry, Preszler, Wright; Assistant Professors  Carlton, James

 

New Mexico State University offers an interdisciplinary, undergraduate program in Conservation Ecology. The goal of this program is to train biologists for the current and future challenges that we face in the conservation and wise use of our Earth’s natural resources. An overriding principle of the program is to provide a solid foundation in basic science coupled with a practical approach towards sustainability and stewardship. The curriculum encompasses several disciplines and includes a wide variety of courses from Biology; Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; Geography; and Range Science.

The educational experience will provide students with an overview of global biodiversity and an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have created and sustained it. Courses in population and community ecology coupled with population viability analysis and risk assessment will give students the necessary background to understand the theory and development of these fields as well as the tools to tackle real-world problems. Courses in basic genetics, evolution, and conservation genetics will expose students to the importance of conserving genetic variation in order to maintain adaptive potential within populations, thereby sustaining the evolutionary process. Students will also receive background on wildlife law and environmental policy, information vital for assisting governing bodies in making decisions regarding the protection and wise use of our natural resources. Skills obtained in the application of geographic information systems, molecular genetics, and professional communication can also be acquired through various electives. In sum, we seek to provide undergraduate students with an education that will allow them the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of all life on Earth.

The requirements are listed below. In addition, each required course must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Requirements

Core Curriculum (Includes University and College Requirements 67-68 credits)

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

 

ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication

3 cr.

or

ENGL 318GAdvanced Technical and Professional Communication

3 cr.

 

AXED 201GEffective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations

3 cr. (2+2P)

or

COMM 253GPublic Speaking

3 cr.

or

COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication

3 cr.

or

HON 265GPrinciples of Human Communication Honors

3 cr.

 

ECON 201GIntroduction to Economics

3 cr.

or

ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics

3 cr.

or

ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics

3 cr.

 

MATH 121GCollege Algebra

3 cr.

and

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

or

MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus

4 cr. (3+2P)

and

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

and

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

 

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory

1 cr.

Viewing a Wider World

One VWW course will be satisfied using the 9-hour rule: students with Biology as home department use FWCE courses and students with Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology as home department use BIOL courses.

Major Requirements (43-45 credits)

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

BIOL 301Principles of Ecology

3 cr.

or

FWCE 301Wildlife Ecology

3 cr.

 

BIOL 305Principles of Genetics

3 cr.

or

AGRO 305Principles of Genetics

3 cr.

 

BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy

3 cr. (2+3P)

or

RGSC 316Rangeland Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

 

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 322Zoology

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 462Conservation Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 467Evolution

3 cr.

BIOL 488Principles of Conservation Genetics

3 cr.

FWCE 110Introduction to Natural Resources Management

3 cr.

FWCE 255Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management

3 cr.

FWCE 330Natural History of the Vertebrates

4 cr. (3+3P)

FWCE 402Seminar in Natural Resource Management

1 cr.

FWCE 409Introduction to Population Ecology

3 cr.

FWCE 447Wildlife Law and Policy

3 cr.

FWCE 464Management of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems

4 cr. (3+2P)

Physiology—Any physiology course among the following: (3-4)

ANSC 370Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

4 cr. (3+2P)

BIOL 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

BIOL 381Animal Physiology

3 cr.

BIOL 354Physiology of Humans

3 cr.

and

BIOL 354 LLaboratory of Human Physiology

1 cr. (3P)

 

FWCE 432Environmental Biology of Fishes

4 cr. (3+3P)

FWCE 438Vertebrate Physiological Ecology

3 cr.

Requirements in Diversity of Life: Any two courses (6-8 credits)

BIOL 408Ecology of Plants

3 cr.

 

BIOL 447Ornithology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

FWCE 430Avian Field Ecology

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 480Animal Behavior

3 cr.

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

FWCE 431Mammalogy

4 cr. (3+2P)

FWCE 467Herpetology

4 cr.

FWCE 482Ichthyology

4 cr. (3+2P)

Additional courses

Electives to bring total to 120 credits including 48 upper division credits

Other Related Courses

BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 436Disease Vector Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 442Genomics Technology

3 cr.

BIOL 446Bioinformatics and NCBI Database

3 cr.

BIOL 469Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases

3 cr.

BIOL 489Genetic Aspects of Population Biology

3 cr.

GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS & T)

4 cr. (3+3P)

GEOL 111GSurvey of Geology

4 cr. (3+3P)

GEOL 295Environmental Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 424Soil Chemistry

3 cr.

GOVT 378U.S.-Mexico Border Politics

3 cr.

HIST 401Environmental History

3 cr.

RGSC 318Watershed Management

3 cr. (2+2P)

RGSC 325Rangeland Restoration Ecology

3 cr.

RGSC 452Vegetation Measurements for Rangeland Assessment

4 cr. (2+4P)

TOX 423Environmental Toxicology

3 cr.