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Autumn
Quarter:


ESRM 415, Terrestrial Invasion Ecology (5 credits). Biological invasions are a major threat to native biodiversity and ecosystem function. This course covers the major principles of invasion biology and ecology as they apply to terrestrial ecosystems, from invasion pathways and the arrival stage, factors that affect non-native species establishment and spread, impacts to ecosystem function and diversity, and stage-specific management strategies. Co-taught with SEFS 506. Prerequisites: refer to the UW Time Schedule.

SEFS 506, 415, Terrestrial Invasion Ecology (5 credits). Biological invasions are a major threat to native biodiversity and ecosystem function. This course covers the major principles of invasion biology and ecology as they apply to terrestrial ecosystems, from invasion pathways and the arrival stage, factors that affect non-native species establishment and spread, impacts to ecosystem function and diversity, and stage-specific management strategies. Co-taught with ESRM 415.


Winter Quarter:

Q SCI 381, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits). Statistics plays an important role in nearly all aspects of science and society, and the ability to understand, interpret, and critique data and the statistics used to analyze these data provides an important foundation, regardless of career choice. The main objectives of this course are (1) to understand the different types of data and how they are collected; (2) to understand the basis of distributions and the information that can be inferred from them; and (3) to understand different types of basic data analysis, and how to interpret the results. Prerequisites: refer to the UW Time Schedule.


Spring Quarter:


ESRM 435, Insect Ecology (3 credits). This course is presented as a study of ecological principles as they pertain to insects, the factors and processes that affect insect populations, and the role that insects play in the ecosystems they inhabit. The main objectives of this course are to (1) Integrate broad-based knowledge of the principles of insect ecology at four levels of integration (populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes); (2) Appreciate the linkages between these four levels of integration; (3) Synthesize the relationship between principles of insect ecology and the scientific and applied charges of entomology; and (4) Recognize the broad and diverse roles that insects play in the ecosystems they inhabit. Prerequisite (one of the following): BIOL 161, BIOL 180, BIOL 220, or ESRM 161.