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Abstract9. Credit Hours*: 3 Hours/Week X Lecture 3 J Laboratory ] Studio J Practicum J Assignments (p _\ Other: (Field trips) Variable *Note 3 hours credit =135 Carnegie Units; with 9 hours per week for 15 weeks distributed among the categories. 10. Prerequisites (if any): Ecology (BIO 2300), or permission of instructor 11. COURSE OFFERING SCHEDULE: a. Has the course been offered as a topics course? X YES J NO b. Date of first offering: Spring 200^ c. Planned Frequency of offering: Spring, every 2 years, maximum d. Estimated enrollment: 14-16 e. Capacity: 14-16 12. COURSE JUSTIFICATION: Include uniqueness of course, rationale in terms of student/program needs, objectives of the department and institution, and any other relevant information (Attach additional pages as needed.): In 2005-06 the Biology and Chemistry Department established a concentration in Environmental Biology. This concentration requires an internship and three upper-level electives in Biology. So far, students have typically fulfilled these electives by taking Animal Behavior, Evolution, or Vertebrate Biology. However, no upper-level elective explicitly addresses the interests of students interested in conservation, which is a critical area for Environmental Biology. Many students want to work with parks and recreation departments, non-profits, environmental education, or as environmental consultants. A course in Conservation Biology therefore fills an important gap in our current Biology electives. In addition, this course helps replace some of the content lost since the Environmental Science Seminar (ENSC 4100) is not likely to be offered in the foreseeable future. That seminar was required in the Environmental Science concentration, which was suspended in 2005. In the Seminar, students developed professional skills for an environmental career and reported on a project of a Conservation Commission. In this proposed course, Conservation Biology, we retain those two components from the old Seminar. The new course also provides some field experience with local professionals working with the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, and/or environmental consultants delineating wetlands.