Montana State University

BIOE
Ecological Biology


BIOE 103CS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & SOCIETY

BIOE 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH  

BIOE 292   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOE 370   GENERAL ECOLOGY 

BIOE 405   BEHAVIORAL & EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY

BIOE 408   ROCKY MOUNTAIN VEGETATION

BIOE 416   ALPINE ECOLOGY

BIOE 420   FIELD ORNITHOLOGY

BIOE 421   YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

BIOE 427   AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY

BIOE 428   FRESHWATER ECOLOGY

BIOE 439   STREAM ECOLOGY

BIOE 440   CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 

BIOE 455   PLANT ECOLOGY

BIOE 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

BIOE 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOE 494   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

BIOE 499   SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

BIOE 103CS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & SOCIETY
F,Su 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The relationship between people and the environment using the earth as an ecosystem to show the effects of people's activities on natural ecosystems. Environmental issues such as wilderness, wolf reintroduction, global warming, fire ecology, whirling disease, and grizzlies are covered.

BIOE 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-3 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOE 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 -3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 370 GENERAL ECOLOGY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or BIOB 258; M 121 or M 160 or M 170; Recommended: STAT 216 or BIOB 318.
-- Relation of organisms to their environment. The composition, structure, function and distribution of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Emphasis on population ecology, including demography, population dynamics and evolutionary ecology.

BIOE 405 BEHAVIORAL & EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Abundance and distribution of organisms in relation to their evolution, behavior, population biology and interactions with other organisms.

BIOE 408 ROCKY MOUNTAIN VEGETATION
F 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior status in biological sciences and consent of instructor.
-- Field identification of major Rocky Mountain ecosystem-types; the composition, structure and function of climax and alternate communities; their environments, geography and history; and discussion of management alternatives. Includes introduction to field methods, statistical evaluations, remote sensing, and library use.

BIOE 416 ALPINE ECOLOGY
Su 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, BIOB 170.
--The ecology characteristics of alpine areas. A three-day field trip will confirm and reinforce material presented in class and is a course requirement.

BIOE 420 FIELD ORNITHOLOGY
Su 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, and either BIOB 100 or BIOB 170.
-- Field identification, habitat affinities and life histories of birds of the northern Rockies. Includes early morning field trips.

BIOE 421 YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE ECOLOGY
Su 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, and either BIOB 100 or BIOB 170.
-- Basic ecology of the major animal species of the Yellowstone area and the ecological controversies surrounding their management.

BIOE 427 AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY
F 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Prior or concurrent registration in BIOE 428.
-- Optional laboratory for BIOE 428. Introduction to representative freshwater habitats, communities, organisms, and sampling methods through laboratory and field exercises and classroom discussions. Formal written reports are required after completed exercises.

BIOE 428 FRESHWATER ECOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or consent of instructor.
-- This course examines relationships between freshwater organisms and their environment. Students learn about the ecology of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands, with exposure to a wide diversity of organisms and processes. Emphasis is placed on linking basic concepts and real-world applications.

BIOE 439 STREAM ECOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170, CHMY 121 or CHMY 141, and PHSX 205.
-- Examination of the structure and function of stream ecosystems emphasizing connections among stream organisms, the aquatic chemical and physical environment, and the surrounding terrestrial landscape.

BIOE 440 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Examines issues relevant to conservation of wild populations, focusing primarily on animals. Emphasis is on approaches that use demography, population biology and genetics to address conservation questions. Readings are from the primary literature, rather than a textbook, including case studies. Cross-listed with BIOL 521.

BIOE 455 PLANT ECOLOGY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or BIOB 258 and BIOE 370 or NRSM 240.
-- Principles of plant ecology, covering plant-environment relations, plant life histories, plant species interactions, plant community concepts, succession, and the role of plants in ecosystem processes.

BIOE 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOE 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
F,S 1 cr. SEM 1 Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students attend and discuss seminar presentations by professional biologists.

BIOE 499 SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE
S 2 cr. SEM 2
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in Ecology Department, and prior or concurrent registration in BIOB 420.
-- Senior capstone course. Discussion of topics that integrate evolutionary theory with ecology, genetics, medicine, behavior, or other subjects that are part of the biology curriculum.

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