2019-2020 University Catalog 
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BIOL 398 - Selected Topics in Ecology and Evolution

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Vary with topic. Topics include ecology, behavior, evolution, and natural history of selected taxonomic groups. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2020, BIOL 398-01: Topics in Ecology and Evolution: Biodiversity and Conservation (3). Prerequisites: BIOL 220 and at least junior standing, or instructor consent.  The recognition late during the 20th century that global biological diversity is threatened with precipitous decline of a magnitude similar to the past five mass extinctions, has stimulated a great deal of research, as well as the emergence of a new scientific discipline: conservation ecology.  The aim of this course is to introduce you to some of the major ideas and research efforts in ecology, especially as they relate to preservation of biodiversity. Hurd

Winter 2020, BIOL 398A-01: Topic: Modern Computational Biostatistics (3). Prerequisites: BIOL 201 or CBSC 250 or INTR 202. Instructor consent required. This second course in applied statistics focuses on modern methods for fitting models to data. The course begins with multiple regression and proceeds through random effects/mixed models, hierarchical Bayesian models, and machine learning.  Students have the opportunity to analyze their own research data where appropriate, or alternatively to choose a new data analysis project. Marsh.

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