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 environment.
  • 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 communities.
  • 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 of biota.
  • IB 453. Community Ecology.
  • IB 480. Ecological Parasitology. Ecological perspective on parasite-host associations and parasitic diseases of vertebrates.
  • IB 518. Discussions in Plant Ecology and Geography. Developments in plant ecology and plant geography. 
  • 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 ecosystems.Up

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 environments.
  • 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 reptiles.
  • 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 Systematics. 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 considered.  Up

Conservation Biology

  • 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 Ecosystem Conservation.
  • 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. Up


  • 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 research.
  • 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, correlational, and sequential analyses.
  • IB 491. Biological Modeling. Interdisciplinary modeling course for students interested in dynamic system modeling of living processes.
  • 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 data.
  • NRES 421. Natural Resource Biometrics. Statistical methods and modeling techniques used in management of forest and natural resources.
  • 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 decision making.
  • 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 ecosystem.
  • 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 plants.
  • NRES 502. Research Methods in Natural Resources. Theory and practice of research methods in forestry.
  • NRES 516. Biogeochemistry and Modeling of Forest Ecosystems. Study of biological, geological, and chemical processes of forest ecosystems.
  • NRES 535. Advanced Forest Biometry. Developments and techniques used in forest inventory, growth models, and ecological models. Up


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 2008 Program in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
Updated 12/05/07