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    Mar 27, 2023  
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BIOL 432 - Herpetology

(4 units)
Origins, evolution, taxonomy, biogeography, morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Laboratory emphasizes Great Basin herpetofauna-identification, experiments and field studies.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 191A ; BIOL 192  or NRES 217 .

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Units of Laboratory/Studio: 1
Offered: Every Spring - Odd Years

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. trace modern amphibians and reptiles to evolutionary origins using diagrams and be able to identify important adaptive changes that arose through evolutionary time.
2. list several ancient lineages related to modern amphibians and reptiles and distinguish differences among them.
3. describe and compare physiological systems in reptiles and amphibians in relation to their ecology and life history.
4. describe and compare behavior in reptiles and amphibians in relation to their ecology and life history.
5. identify current conservation issues facing reptiles and amphibians.
6. evaluate/prescribe management solutions to conservation problems by synthesizing concepts of physiology, behavior, ecology, etc.
7. critique and discuss peer-reviewed literature.


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