University of Connecticut

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) 2015-2016

Head of Department: Professor Carl Schlichting

Department Office: Room 314, Torrey Life Sciences Building

For major requirements, see the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of this Catalog.

1893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement, up to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head, program coordinator, or advisor may be required prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

2202. Evolution and Human Diversity

Three credits.

The biological bases of human diversity from genetic and evolutionary perspectives. Topics include the genetic basis for human variation and race; adaptations of human populations; the role of genes and environments in producing human variability; cultural evolution; origin and spread of “modern” humans. CA 3. CA 4-INT.

2208. Introduction to Conservation Biology

Three credits.

Patterns of biodiversity and extinction; causes of extinction and population declines; ecological restoration; conservation planning; protection of ecosystem services; implementing conservation actions; conservation economics; conservation law; effects of global change.

2214. Biology of the Vertebrates

Three credits. Two 1-hour lecture periods, with demonstrations. Prerequisite: Three credits of introductory Biology.

Evolutionary history and diversity of vertebrates with emphasis on classification, fossil history, feeding, locomotion, physiological ecology, reproduction, defense, and social behavior.

2244. General Ecology

Four credits. Prerequisite: Six credits of college biology. Three lectures and one 2-hour discussion section.

Fundamental ecological dynamics of communities, populations and ecosystems, with emphasis in discussion sections on reading primary literature, problem-solving, and exposure to ecological research techniques.

2244W. General Ecology

Four credits. Prerequisite: Six credits of college biology; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Content as in EEB 2244; requires major writing assignment.

2245. Evolutionary Biology

Three credits. Prerequisite: Six credits of college biology.

Introduction to evolutionary mechanisms, biogeography, and the history of major groups of plants and animals.

2245W. Evolutionary Biology

Four credits. Four class periods. Prerequisite: Six credits of college biology; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Content as in EEB 2245; requires major writing assignment.

2893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement, up to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head, program coordinator, or advisor may be required prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3201. Animal Behavior

(Also offered as PSYC 3201.) Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1102 or 1107, and PSYC 1100.

Principles of animal behavior derived from a review of descriptive and analytic studies in laboratory and field. Sometimes offered in multimedia format.

3203. Developmental Plant Morphology

(Also offered as EEB 5203.) Four credits. Two class periods and two 2-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Analysis of diversity in plant form; principles of plant construction and development.

3204. Aquatic Plant Biology

(Also offered as EEB 5204.) Four credits. Two lectures and two 3-hour field trip/laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 or instructor consent.

Field and laboratory-oriented study of the anatomy, morphology, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution of vascular aquatic and wetland plants.

3205. Current Issues in Environmental Science

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to honors students; open to non-honors students only with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: 8 credits of college level science.

Readings and discussions of current issues in environmental science, emphasizing linkages between earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere. Topics include: climate change; watershed changes; alternative energy; population growth; endangered biodiversity; genetically-engineered organisms; deforestation/restoration; risk assessment; tradeoffs; problem-solving; alternative futures.

3220. Evolution of Green Plants

(Also offered as EEB 5220.) Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110; open to juniors or higher.

Introduction to morphological, ultrastructural, and molecular characters used for inferring evolutionary relationships of green plants, from green algae to flowering plants, with emphasis on evolutionary changes involved in the transition from aquatic to terrestrial habitats.

3220W. Evolution of Green Plants

Four credits. Three class periods and one discussion period. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Content as in EEB 3220. Major writing assignment required.

3221. Evolution of Green Plants Laboratory

One credit. One 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite or corequisite: EEB 3220 and instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Study of morphological and anatomical characters of extant and fossil plants. Phylogenetic inferences from morphological and molecular characters. Discussion of primary literature.

3230. Marine Biology

( Also offered as MARN 3014.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: One year of laboratory biology.

The study of the kinds and distributions of marine organisms. Particular attention is paid to biotic features of the oceans, organism-habitat and relationships and general ecological concepts influencing marine populations and communities. Field trips are required.

3240. Biology of Bryophytes and Lichens

(Also offered as EEB 5240.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisites: Six credits of 2000-level or above biology or instructor consent.

Diversity, evolution, ecology, development and taxonomy of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) and lichen-forming fungi.

3247. Freshwater Ecology

Four credits. Three class periods and one 4-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 1120 or 1131; CHEM 1122 or 1124 or 1127 or 1137 or 1147; BIOL 1108; or instructor consent.

Linkages among physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater habitats.

3250. Biology of the Algae

(Also offered as EEB 5250.) Four credits. Three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Laboratory and field-oriented study of major groups of algae, emphasizing structure, function, evolution, systematics, and ecology.

3254. Mammalogy

(Also offered as EEB 5254.) Four credits. Two class periods and one 4-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Six credits of 2000-level or above biology courses and consent of instructor. EEB 2214 is recommended.

Diversity, behavior, reproduction, ecology, and evolution of mammals. Laboratories cover anatomy, systematics, and distribution of major groups of mammals. Field trips required.

3256. Plants and Civilization

Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of introductory biology.

Plants and animals used by people; origin, history, biology, distribution, and role in development of civilizations.

3260. Medical Botany

Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108; CHEM 1122 or 1124 or 1127 or instructor consent.

Plants used for medicine: their origin, history, biology, distribution, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and role in the development of civilizations

3265. Herpetology

(Also offered as EEB 5265). Four credits. Two class periods and one 4-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Six credits of 2000-level or above biology and consent of instructor. EEB 2214 is recommended.

Physiological ecology, reproductive biology, behavior, and community ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Laboratories cover evolution, systematics, and distribution of amphibians and reptiles of the world. Field trips required.

3269. Social Insects

(Also offered as EEB 5269.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Six credits of introductory biology.

Behavior, ecology, evolution of social insects: ants, wasps, bees, and termites.

3271. Systematic Botany

Four credits. Two class periods and two 2-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110.

Classification, identification, economic importance, evolution and nomenclature of flowering plants. Laboratory compares vegetative and reproductive characters of major families.

3273. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108.

Anatomy, development, functional morphology, and evolution of living vertebrate animals.

3891. Internship in Ecology, Conservation, or Evolutionary Biology

One to nine credits per semester. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for a total of up to 15 credits using either EEB 3891 and/or EEB 5891. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Internship with a non-profit organization, a governmental agency, or a business under the supervision of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology faculty. Activities relevant to the practice of ecology, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, or conservation biology will be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator, and the intern. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities up to a maximum of nine credits.

3893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head, program coordinator or advisor may be required prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 credits.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3894. Undergraduate Seminar

Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic. Content varies with instructor.

3895. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3898. Variable Topics

Three credits. With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3899. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor and the department honors committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

Independent investigation of special problems in ecology and evolutionary biology.

4120. Paleobiology

(Also offered as GSCI 4120.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or GSCI 1050; or GSCI 10511052.

Ancient life, including the preservation of organisms as fossils, evolution, ecology, geobiology, biostratigraphy, and major events in the history of life. Includes microorganisms, animals, and plants.

4200. Biology of Fishes

(Also offered as EEB 5200.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108.

An introduction to the biology of fishes, with an emphasis on adaptation and evolutionary diversification. Topics include the evolution of major groups, morphology, physiology, behavior, and population and community ecology. Lectures, critical discussions of current journal articles, student presentations, and exercises in the field and laboratory. Field trips required.

4215. Physiological Ecology of Animals

(Also offered as EEB 5215.) Three credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108.

Physiology of animals in an evolutionary context: how individuals cope and how species adapt to natural environments. Lectures, student-led presentations, and critical discussions of current journal articles.

4230W. Methods of Ecology

Four Credits. Two class periods and two 3-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: EEB 2244 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: One course in statistics and one course in calculus.

An intensive introduction to field and laboratory methods in ecology. Emphasis will be placed on the use of quantitative and analytical techniques in physiological, population, community and ecosystem ecology. An introduction to sampling procedures, data collection and statistical analysis. Computers will be used to model population and community dynamics and to analyze ecological data sets. Laboratory periods will consist of field and laboratory problems; field trips required, including occasional weekend trips.

4250. General Entomology

Four credits. Two class periods and two 2-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108.

The biology of insects: anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, development, evolution, and diversity.

4252. Field Entomology

Credits and hours by arrangement, to permit offering special sessions of the course to interested students during the spring recess or between fall and spring semester break. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

Collection, identification, and ecology of insects.

4260. Ornithology

Two credits. Two class periods.

Adaptations, habits, and importance of birds.

4261. Ornithology Laboratory

Two credits. One 4-hour laboratory period; required field trips. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor; open only to students who are currently taking, or have completed, EEB 4260.

Methods of field study and identification of birds; functional morphology, preparation of study skins and specimens. Field trips, including at least one required day-long weekend trip.

4272. The Summer Flora

Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of college botany.

Identification of Connecticut’s native and exotic plants; lecture, laboratory and field study.

4274. Introduction to Animal Parasitology

Four credits. Two class periods, and two 2-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108.

Protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and other animals.

4275. Invertebrate Zoology

Four credits. Two class periods and one 4-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Six credits of introductory biology.

Body organization, functional morphology and evolution compared among major invertebrate phyla. Field trips required.

4276. Plant Anatomy

Four credits. Two class periods and two 2-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 or instructor consent.

Internal structure of seed plants: development and environmental responses.

4276W. Plant Anatomy

Four credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

4896W. Senior Research Thesis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Three credits of EEB 3899, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor and department honors committee. Not limited to honors students.

A “W” course for students writing a senior thesis on their independent research.

 

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