University of the South Pacific
Area of Study
Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies
Taught In English
BI201 and BI206
Course Level Recommendations
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Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course examines conservation biology as a discipline and its role in the ecological understanding of environmental issues. Patterns and reasons for losses of biodiversity such as habitat destruction, fragmentation and introduced species will be examined using case studies from islands of the Pacific and the wider world. The course will emphasize the underlying science used to set priorities, plan, monitor, and detect conservation problems. The course will also explore the ecological inter-relationships between humans and threatened species, including how to increase public awareness and integrate development and conservation together.TopicsConservation biology will be examined in detail at both the population and community levels, including the role of population dynamics and demography, population-species-and community-level conservation and the effects of habitat fragmentation. The ecological inter-relationships between man and his food supply, management for conservation goals, sustainable development and population harvesting are considered.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.