WUSTL Course Listings Login with WUSTL Key
Search Results: Help Display: Open + Closed     Just Open     Just Closed View: Regular     Condensed     Expanded
1 course found.
BIOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (L41)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)

L41 Biol 2952Freshman Seminar: Controversies in Conservation Biology2.0 Units
Description:The goal of this course is the development of critical thinking skills needed to evaluate conservation and biodiversity controversies in a complex and rapidly deteriorating world. We are currently in the sixth known mass extinction of life on earth; it is estimated that 60,000 species now go extinct annually. Human-caused changes in natural environments will have long-lasting consequences for the 5% of all current life forms expected to survive this mass extinction. Although conservation and management of biodiversity are needed to address these changes, the solutions are often controversial. Therefore, it is important to develop critical thinking skills necessary for handling biases on all sides of controversial conservation issues. Sound conservation ethics and scientific information are needed to be an informed citizen. This reading-intensive course will be divided into three modules. In the first, we will explore popular literature on conservation biology to gain a general understanding of common topics and concerns. In Module 2, current scientific literature and news articles will be used to evaluate both sides of a controversial issue in conservation biology. The last module will allow students to focus on a controversial topic of their choice, present it to the class, and take action by sending a letter to a political figure. The topics presented in this course are designed for freshmen and sophomores in the field of environmental sciences. No prerequisites required. Class limited to 16 students.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:Annually / History


A course may be either a “Home” course or an “Ident” course.

A “Home” course is a course that is created, maintained and “owned” by one academic department (aka the “Home” department). The “Home” department is primarily responsible for the decision making and logistical support for the course and instructor.

An “Ident” course is the exact same course as the “Home” (i.e. same instructor, same class time, etc), but is simply being offered to students through another department for purposes of registering under a different department and course number.

Students should, whenever possible, register for their courses under the department number toward which they intend to count the course. For example, an AFAS major should register for the course "Africa: Peoples and Cultures" under its Ident number, L90 306B, whereas an Anthropology major should register for the same course under its Home number, L48 306B.

Grade Options
C=Credit (letter grade)
S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

Please note: not all grade options assigned to a course are available to all students, based on prime school and/or division. Please contact the student support services area in your school or program with questions.

No section found for FL2013.