This is a 4-credit, advanced biology and/or wildlife course about amphibians and reptiles for both undergraduate and graduate students. Lectures and labs follow two concurrent themes: 1) a survey of amphibians and reptiles, with special emphasis on Kentucky species, and 2) a general analysis of amphibian and reptile biology, ecology, conservation and management.
Urban development is among the most pervasive and ubiquitous forms of land cover change. Thus, urbanization poses significant challenges to many organisms, including humans. Urban Ecology is a seminar/discussion-based course, where we'll focus on the processes determining patterns of abundance and distribution of organisms in urban ecosystems, the interactions among organisms in the urban environment, the interactions between humans and nature in urban environments, and some aspects of urban planning as it relates to ecology and the environment.
Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree grounded in the natural and social sciences. The curriculum is rich in experiential learning, requiring a 3-week summer camp and an internship or research experience. With small class sizes, one-on-one faculty interactions, writing intensive courses, and a strong network of former graduates working in natural resources, environmental science, and environmental policy, NRES is a proven program that has been in existence for over 19 years.