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2010-11 Online Catalogue

Courses in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology (WFB)

WFB 013 - Intro to Wildlife Tracking
This outdoor course is designed to introduce the student to wildlife track identification and analysis at the UVM Jericho Research Forest. Cross-listed with: FOR 013.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 014 - Wildlife Trail Analysis
This outdoor course is designed to introduce the student to analysis and interpretation of wildlife trails at the UVM Jericho Research Forest. Cross-listed with FOR 014.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 015 - Wildlife Track Analysis
This course introduces students to the details and clues left inside animal tracks including major body movements including speed, changes of direction and head position. Cross-listed with: FOR 015.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 074 - Wildlife Conservation
Historical and contemporary values of wildlife; impacts on habitats and populations; strategies for conservation, allocation, and use. Nonmajors only. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of biological terms and concepts.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 130 - Ornithology
Taxonomy, classification, identification, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology of birds. Prerequisite: BIOL 001, BIOL 002, or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 131 - Field Ornithology
Identification and field studies of birds, emphasizing resident species. Two weeks in summer. Prerequisite: WFB 130 . Preference to WFB majors.
Credits: 2.00
WFB 141 - Field Herpetology
Identification, life histories, preferred habitats, conservation concerns, and appropriate means of capture and field study for all reptiles and amphibians of Vermont. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 001, BIOL 002 or equivalent, and NR 103.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 150 - Wldlf Habitat & Pop Measrmnt
Field methods for measuring habitat variables and estimating population parameters. One week in summer. Prerequisites: WFB 131, FOR 021 or PBIO 109, NR 140.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 161 - Fisheries Biology & Management
Introduction to freshwater fish, habitats, and life histories. Overview of fishery management techniques and principles, including sampling and assessment methods, stocking, population and habitat manipulation, and regulations. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 2 or equivalent.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
WFB 174 - Prin of Wildlife Management
Application of ecology and sociology to the management of wildlife populations and habitat; integration of wildlife management with demands for other resources; consideration of game species, endangered species, and biological diversity. Prerequisites: NR 103 or BCOR 102.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 175 - Wildlife and Society
Investigates how people's attitudes, institutions, policies, and behaviors have affected wildlife across the North American landscape. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 176 - Florida Ecology Field Trip
Major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida flatwoods to south Florida Everglades. Field trip over spring recess. Prerequisite: WFB 130, WFB 174; Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 2.00
WFB 177 - Texas Wildlife Field Trip
Major ecosystems and associated wildlife of south Texas, including Gulf coast, coastal prairies, lower Rio Grande Valley, and Chihuahuan desert. Field trip over spring recess. Prerequisite: WFB 130; Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 2.00
WFB 185 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
WFB 187 - Undergrad Special Projects
Individual projects supervised by a faculty member. Projects may involve independent field, laboratory, or library investigations. Formal report required. Prerequisite: Junior standing; submission of a project prospectus for permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 5.00
WFB 191 - Wildlife & Fisheries Practicum
Supervised work experience in the wildlife and fisheries area. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Credit as arranged.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
WFB 224 - Conservation Biology
Conservation of biological diversity at genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. Emphasis on genetic diversity, population viability, endangered species, critical habitats, international implications. Discussion section covers basic genetic principles, population genetics, and population modeling. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 1 and 2 , or BOT 4; A 100-level ecology course.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
WFB 232 - Ichthyology
Biology of fishes. Focus is on form and function, morphology, physiology, behavior, life history, and ecology of modern fishes. Prerequisites: BIOL 001, BIOL 002 or equivalent; Junior standing. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 271 - Wetlands Wildlife
Breeding biology, behavior, habitat management, and population ecology of wetland wildlife with emphasis on waterfowl. Prerequisites: WFB 174, NR 103.
Credits: 2.00
WFB 272 - Wetlands Wildlife Laboratory
Laboratory and field assessment of the ecology and management of wetland habitats and their associated wildlife populations. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in WFB 271 or NR 260.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 273 - Terrestrial Wildlife
Integration of ecological principles, wildlife biology, land use, and human dimensions in wildlife. Emphasis on development and maintenance of terrestrial wildlife habitat, and population regulation of terrestrial species. Prerequisite: WFB 174.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 274 - Terrestrial Wildlife Lab
Laboratory and field experience related to terrestrial species and management of their habitat. Field project required. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in WFB 273.
Credits: 1.00
WFB 275 - Wildlife Behavior
Behavior and social organization of game and nongame species as they pertain to population management. Prerequisites: One year of Biology; an ecology course; WFB 074 or WFB 174 recommended.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 279 - Marine Ecology
Structure and function of major marine communities, including open ocean, benthos, coral reefs, and estuaries. Emphasis on unique ecological insights gained in the marine environment. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002, an ecology course, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 285 - Advanced Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
WFB 287 - Advanced Special Projects
Advanced readings and discussions or special field and/or laboratory investigations dealing with a topic beyond the scope of existing formal courses. Prerequisite: Senior standing or Instructor permission. Credit arranged.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
WFB 299 - Wildlife & Fisheries Honors
Honors project dealing with wildlife or fisheries biology. Prerequisite: By application only: see Program Chair.
Credits: 3.00 to 6.00
WFB 311 - Ecology of Fishes
Structure of fish assemblages, zoogeography, morphology, life history strategies, bioenergetics, competition, predation, and fish effect on ecosystems. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or Instructor permission; NR 140 or STAT 201; an ecology course.
Credits: 3.00
WFB 352 - Population Dynamics & Modeling
Modeling and analysis of animal population dynamics, as influenced by environmental, ecological, and management factors; estimation of population size, density, survivorship, reproduction, and migration. Prerequisite: NR 140 or STAT 211; an ecology course.
Credits: 4.00
WFB 387 - Graduate Special Problems
Advanced readings or special investigation dealing with a topic beyond the scope of existing formal courses or thesis research, culminating in an acceptable paper. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
WFB 388 - Graduate Special Problems
Advanced readings or special investigation dealing with a topic beyond the scope of existing formal courses or thesis research, culminating in an acceptable paper. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
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