Biology
 

Herpetology

Herpetology
Reptile and amphibian evolution, systematics, morphology, distribution, and natural history. Lab emphasizes taxonomy, classification, and distribution of western U.S. species.
BIO
445
 Hours4.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 2.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesBIO 220
 TaughtWinter even years
 ProgramsContaining BIO 445
Course Outcomes: 

Origins

Each student will gain a deeper understanding of some details of the origin of tetrapods, and the origin of the amniotes.

Phylogenetic Position

Each student will gain a deeper understanding of the phylogenetic position of extinct and extant clades of amphibians & reptiles within the clade Vertebrate.

Evolution and Natural History

Each student will acquire a detailed knowledge of the evolution and natural history (natural history, behavior, etc.) of the major clades of extant amphibians and reptiles .

Lab and Field Experiences

Through lab and field experiences, each student will acquire a detailed knowledge of diagnostic characters, taxonomy & distributions, and some aspects of ecology of native western species.

Species Conservation Status

Each student will acquire some knowledge of the conservation status of selected species in the US and abroad.