WIS 2552 – Biodiversity Conservation: Global Perspective

General Education Credit: Biological Sciences
College Credit: 3

About The Course

**NOTICE** Course Software may be blocked by district permissions on school-issued laptops. This course is not recommended if you are primarily using a school laptop. Use of personal computer is recommended for this course. 

The course is designed for students who wish to gain a global perspective of biodiversity patterns and issues. Students will learn about the origin, structure and measurement of biodiversity; the biology of species of different kingdoms; and patterns in species’ distributions.

Course Goals

The specific goals of the course are:

  • to familiarize students with basic concepts and scientific principles of conservation (genetics and ecology) and global patterns in biodiversity, both phylogenetic and geographical;
  • help students understand the evolutionary basis for the five kingdom system of phylogeny and the biological basis for various wildlife issues involving species from all five kingdoms;
  • develop an understanding of the future of biodiversity and the central role humans must play in this future.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective

High School Credit: 0.5