Course Descriptions
 

BIO 31303 ADVANCED ORNITHOLOGY (spring semester)

This course is a study of the classification, evolution, distribution, life histories, and morphological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations of birds. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20704 and BIO 21304 or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife Sciences.

BIO 32303 MAMMALOGY (spring semester) 

This course is a study of mammals with an emphasis on diversity, distribution,
life history, ecology, and field techniques. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20704 and BIO 21304 or HC WM 156.

BIO 35304 FIELD BIOLOGY & METHODLOGY (fall semester)

This course focuses on the various types of terrestrial and ecosystems common to the region with an emphasis on biotic and abiotic components and their relationships. Laboratory work will include use of specimen collection techniques, use of taxonomic keys, use of soil and water analysis equipment, and other ecological field methods. Students are required to do inquiry-based investigations and analysis of data. Three
hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20704 and BIO 21304 with a grade of C- or better or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences.

BIO 36303 LOCAL FLORA (fall semester)

This course covers classification, morphology, distribution, and identification of the woody and herbaceous plants. emphasis is on the recognition of the plants and plant communities of the region. Course fee required.

BIO 37103 PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATION GENETICS (spring semester)

This course is a broad survey of genetic principles and techniques as they apply to the management and conservation of wildlife populations. Beginning with an overview of
foundational genetic concepts, the course will progress through contemporary techniques of measuring and characterizing genetic diversity to basic modeling of population genetics. Special emphasis will be placed on the genetics and evolution of small and fragmented wildlife populations. Some lab activities will be incorporated to complement and reinforce concepts and materials covered in lecture. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: C- or better in HC BIO 12104 and BIO 12204 or equivalent or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences.

BIO 47103 GIS APPLICATIONS FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 
(fall semester)

This course is a study of how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used in the management and conservation of natural resources. Beginning with an overview
of GIS software and basic functions, the course will then address fundamental applications of GIS, including habitat mapping, watershed analysis, species distribution modeling,
disease risk mapping, and conservation area planning. The lab component will consist of conducting mini-projects using ArcGIS in each of the fundamental applications listed. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: None.

BIO 41304 LIMNOLOGY (fall semester)

A comprehensive study of inland waters. The course focuses on the physical, chemical, biological and morphological characteristics of lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries, and wetlands. Emphasis is place on theory and concepts of limnology in lectures and practice the techniques of water sampling and data collection and analysis in laboratory field studies. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20704 and BIO 21304 or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences. Fall

BIO 42303 HUMAN - WILDLIFE CONFLICTS (fall semester)

Theory and practice of assessing and controlling damage done by wild and feral vertebrate animals, especially mammals and birds. Content covers the philosophical, biological, and practical basis for conducting vertebrate pest control. It includes basic information on use of traps, toxicants, repellents, exclusion and other wildlife control methods. Emphasis is on protecting agricultural crops and livestock, forest resources, and property. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.  Prerequisites:  C- or better in BIO 20704 or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences. Fall

BIO 43103 APPLIED POPULATION BIOLOGY (spring semester)

This course is a study of basic population processes using conceptual and quantitative approaches. The focus will be on ecological attributes and interactions which govern the
structure and growth dynamics of populations across times and space. Fundamental aspects of mathematical modeling and ecological forecasting of populations will be examined with detailed discussion of the relevance to wildlife conservation and management problems. Special emphasis will be placed on species with small, declining, and/ or harvestable populations. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: HC Math 250 or similar course or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences. Spring

NSC 31303 COMMUNICATION OF ENV. & NATURAL RESOURCES TECHNICAL INFO (spring semester)

This course examines concepts and practices to communicate environmental and natural resources technical information. Oral and written formats currently used for scientific conferences and publications (both agency and peer-reviewed) will be emphasized. Prerequisites ENG 11103 or equivalent, ENG 11203 or equivalent, and COM 11103 or equivalent with C or better.

BIO 45303 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (spring semester)

Conservation Biology is the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Topics covered include: 1) the role of ecology,
biogeography, and genetics in maintaining species and ecosystem diversity, 2) the effects of human activities on the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity with consideration of
strategies developed to combat these threats, 3) key economic and ethical tradeoffs required to sustain biodiversity, 4) key legislation and policies affecting conservation, 5) the role of nongovernmental organizations in conservation, and 6) the design and roles of nature preserves, zoos, and botanical gardens. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: C- or better in BIO 20704 or Hocking College Associate Degree in
Wildlife or Fish Sciences. Spring