The following is a partial list
of courses that may be taken by students in
the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. All PEEC students must
enroll in IB 546--Topics in Ecology and Evolution.
- IB 405. Ecological Genetics. Study of
genetics of natural populations stressing empirical observations and experiments.
- IB 429. Animal Behavior. Study of how
patterns of behavior promote survival, change through evolution, and are modified by the
- IB 431. Behavioral Ecology. Areas of
current interest at the interface of behavior, ecology, and evolution.
- IB 441. Plant Ecology. Principles of
ecology exemplified by vegetation and environments of Illinois.
- IB 442. Functional Ecology of Trees.
Synthesis of the physiological and morphological mechanisms defining the ecological
performance of trees and other woody plants in natural communities.
- IB 443. Evolutionary Ecology. Evolution of
life-history strategies in plants and animals and the coevolution of animals and plants.
- IB 444. Insect Ecology. Practical and
theoretical aspects of ecology in relation to insects as individuals, populations, and
- IB 445. Chemical Ecology. Chemical bases
of ecological interactions among organisms.
- IB 446. Tropical Ecology. Ecological
principles as they apply to plants, animals, and humans in tropical habitats.
- IB 447. Field Ecology. Study of plant
communities in various sections of North America.
- IB 449. Limnology. Study of the lake,
pond, and river with emphasis on the physical environment as well as on plants and animals
that live in fresh water.
- IB 450. Stream Ecology. A description of
physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of streams and rivers including an
integrated study of the environmental factors affecting the composition and distribution
- IB 480. Ecological Parasitology.
Ecological perspective on parasite-host associations and parasitic diseases of
- IB 518. Discussions
in Plant Ecology and Geography. Developments in plant ecology and
- IB 543. Problems in
Primate Ecology. Primate ecology, ethology, and evolution.
- IB 544. Concepts in
Ethology. Discussion, review, and critical analysis of concepts and specific
problems in behavior.
- IB 552. Concepts in
Ecology. Discussion, review, and critical analysis of concepts and specific
problems in ecology.
- NRES 416. Advanced Forest Ecology.
Relationship between environmental factors and the structure and function of forests.
- NRES 419. Environment and Plant Ecosystems.
Relationships between environmental factors and structural characteristics and processes
in ecosystems; impact of human activities on the environment and their effect on plant
Evolution and Systematics
- IB 402. Molecular Evolution. Introduction
to evolutionary change at the molecular and cellular levels of organization.
- IB 404. Genomic Analysis of Insects.
Insect genomic analysis from the molecular level to that of the population.
- IB 406. Evolution of Adaptive Systems.
Evolutionary mechanisms underlying adaptations.
- IB 416. Population Genetics.
Mathematical theory of the genetics of populations.
- IB 426. Environmental
and Evolutionary Physiology of Animals. Physiological adaptations of
invertebrate and vertebrate animals to diverse aquatic and terrestrial
- IB 460. Introduction to Entomology.
Integrated studies of the principal morphological, physiological, ecological, and
behavioral relationships among insects.
- IB 461. Ornithology. Structure, function,
ecology, behavior, and evolution of birds of the world.
- IB 462. Mammalogy. Classification,
distribution, life history, evolution, and identification of mammals.
- IB 463. Ichthyology. Classification,
anatomy, ecology, behavior, distribution, and evolution of fishes of the world.
- IB 464. Herpetology. Classification,
diversity, structure, function, ecology, behavior, and evolution of amphibians and
- IB 465. Field Vertebrate Natural History.
Intensive study of North American vertebrates with emphasis on vertebrates of Illinois.
- IB 466. Invertebrate Zoology. Invertebrate
structure and development; specific and comparative morphology of invertebrates;
coordination of structure and function, origin, development, and life histories.
- IB 467. Principles of
Comprehensive survey of the theory and methodology of systematics as they are applied
today to all groups of organisms.
- IB 468.
Insect Classification and Evolution. Analytical survey of the classification and evolution of the orders
and principal families of insects.
- IB 469. Evolutionary Survey of the Plants. Structure, reproduction, and evolutionary origins of land plants.
- IB 470. Field Botany. Identification and
classification of native and naturalized flowering plants of eastern North America.
- IB 471. General Mycology. Structure,
classification, and identification of fungi.
- IB 571. Advanced
Mycology: Special Groups. Several classes of fungi and their activities are
- IB 444. Insect Pest Management. Study of the principles underlying the control of
important insect pests of agriculture and of human and animal health.
- IB 451. Conservation Biology. Emphasis on
the preservation of biological diversity and its evolutionary potential.
- IB 484. Biological
Control of Insect Pests. Examines the use of biological methods for the
control of insect pests.
- IB 545. Fish and Wildlife Ecology
Seminar. Modern ecological principles and concepts to
specific problems in fisheries and wildlife.
- NRES 420. Restoration Ecology. Historical
development of ecological restoration, its philosophical foundation, multi-disciplinary
borrowings from the natural, applied, and social sciences, and varied practical
applications, with an emphasis on the application of ecological principles.
- NRES 429. Aquatic
- NRES 474. Soil
Conservation and Management. Application of principles of soil conservation
and management to the solution of land-use problems.
- NRES 512. Discussions in Natural Resources
and Environmental Sciences.
- CPSC 440. Applied
Statistical Methods. Statistical methods involving relationships between
populations and samples.
- CPSC 540. Design and
Analysis of Biological Experiments. Statistical methods as tools for
- IB 488. Quantitative Biology I. Theory
and practical application in biology of probability and statistics.
- IB 489. Quantitative Biology II.
Additional topics in biostatistics, emphasizing nonparametric comparative,
and sequential analyses.
- IB 491. Biological Modeling.
Interdisciplinary modeling course for students interested in dynamic system modeling of
- IB 492. Spatial Ecosystem Modeling.
Students build a spatial dynamic ecosystem computer model as a research team, focusing on
a specific endangered species or ecosystem.
- IB 493/NRES 493. Statistical
Ecology. Study of methods used in the collection and analyses of ecological
- NRES 421. Natural Resource Biometrics.
Statistical methods and modeling techniques used in management of forest and natural
- NRES 427. Ecological Modeling for Natural
Resource Analysis. Mathematical and computational methods to develop and analyze dynamic
ecological system models.
- NRES 445. Statistical
Methods. Design and analysis of experiments.
- NRES 446. Ecological
Numeracy: Planning Analysis of Environmental Issues.
- NRES 449. Science,
Technology, and Environmental Policy. The environmental policy process.
- NRES 454. Geographical
Information Systems for Natural Resource Management.
- NRES 455. Advanced GIS for Natural Resource
Planning. Application of Geographic Information Systems to natural resource planning and
- NRES 460. Analysis and
Interpretation of Aerial Photography.
- NRES 469. Spatial Ecosystem Modeling. Build
a spatial dynamic ecosystem computer model, focusing on a specific endangered species or
- NRES 477. Introduction
to Remote Sensing.
- NRES 489. The Physics of the Plant
Environment. The physics of transport processes in the soil and aerial environment of
- NRES 502. Research
Methods in Natural Resources. Theory and practice of research methods in
- NRES 516. Biogeochemistry and Modeling of
Forest Ecosystems. Study of biological, geological, and chemical processes of forest
- NRES 535. Advanced Forest Biometry.
Developments and techniques used in forest inventory, growth models, and ecological