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Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)


BIOE
Ecological Biology


BIOE 103CS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & SOCIETY

BIOE 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH  

BIOE 292   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOE 370   GENERAL ECOLOGY 

BIOE 375   ECOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE 

BIOE 405   BEHAVIORAL & EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY

BIOE 408   ROCKY MOUNTAIN VEGETATION

BIOE 416   ALPINE ECOLOGY

BIOE 420   FIELD ORNITHOLOGY

BIOE 421   YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

BIOE 424   ECOLOGY OF FUNGI

BIOE 427RN AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY

BIOE 428   FRESHWATER ECOLOGY

BIOE 440R  CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 

BIOE 445   MACROECOLOGY 

BIOE 455   PLANT ECOLOGY

BIOE 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

BIOE 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOE 494   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

BIOE 499   SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

BIOE 504   QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY

BIOE 505   ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

BIOE 506   POPULATION DYNAMICS

BIOE 513   TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF PLAINS AND PRAIRIES

BIOE 515   LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

BIOE 516   TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

BIOE 518   PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR ECOLOGICAL MODELS

BIOE 519   BIOLOGY OF RIPARIAN ZONES AND WETLANDS

BIOE 520   ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY IN GYE

BIOE 521   CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

BIOE 522   BIRDS OF PREY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM

BIOE 523   WILDLIFE ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

BIOE 524   FRONTIERS IN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

BIOE 525   RESEARCH METHODS AND THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS

BIOE 532   PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY

BIOE 533   PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY LAB

BIOE 534   VEGETATION ECOLOGY

BIOE 540   ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES

BIOE 542   COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

BIOE 548   CONSERVATION GENETICS

BIOE 554   FOUNDATIONS OF ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT 

BIOE 555   COMMUNICATIONS IN ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BIOE 575   RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

BIOE 590   MASTER'S THESIS

BIOE 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

BIOE 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOE 594   SEMINAR

BIOE 598   INTERNSHIP

BIOE 690   DOCTORAL THESIS


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

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 161 or M 171; 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 375 ECOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 103, BIOB 160, BIOB 170
--In this course, we will explore how ecosystems are responding to climate changes at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Case studies include changes in vegetation and soils, plant and animal phenology, and disease outbreaks.

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 424 ECOLOGY OF FUNGI
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN, BIOB 256, a comparable course in introductory biology, or consent of instructor.
COREQUISITE: None, but an upper division biology course is recommended. -- This course emphasizes the important and varied roles of the higher fleshy fungi in natural and managed systems, focusing on forest habitats. Fungi are the ecological backbone of many terrestrial systems, yet their ecological roles as saprophytes, symbionts, and mycorrhizal mutualists are often minimized. Both traditional techniques and more recent molecular methods will be presented at the individual, population, community, landscape, and biome levels, along with topics on fungal conservation and global change. This course consists of twice weekly sessions of two hours each for lecture, discussions, and demonstrations. One or two afternoon or morning field trips to nearby forests are required to initiate a final project.

BIOE 427RN AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 1 LAB 2
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 440R 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 445 MACROECOLOGY: Understanding Ecological Systems Through Global Comparison
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Advanced ecology that integrates population, community, and ecosystem ecology to compare "ecological systems" across the Earth. The class examines terrestrial biomes as integrated ecological systems, contrasts biomes to better understand general ecological principles, and considers implications for place-based management.

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 credits, maximum of 6 as electives in Organismal Biology Option.
-- 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 12 credits, maximum of 6 as electives in Organismal Biology Option.
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.

BIOE 504 QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
-- Applications of mathematical models to biological phenomena with examples drawn from physiology, ecology and bioengineering. The course is intended to develop facility with optimization techniques, numerical methods, matrix operations, complex variables and simple statistical ideas. Computer lab.

BIOE 505 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332 and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
-- Theory of ecological dynamics and introduction to multivariate methods for ecological analysis. Computer lab.

BIOE 506 POPULATION DYNAMICS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 171, M 172.
-- Techniques for modeling the growth, regulation, harvesting and persistence of populations. Computer lab.

BIOE 513 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF PLAINS AND PRAIRIES
Su 1 cr. RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOE 408 or BIOE 516, graduate standing, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 513.
-- Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two grassland communities, and develop classroom activities on ecology of grasslands. Distance learning, class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 515 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Principles on landscape pattern, change, and function. Application of theory to conservation including population viability, reserve design, multiple-use landscapes. Lab introduces GIS, GPS, and simulation models. For graduate students and motivated undergraduates.

BIOE 516 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Su 2 cr. RCT 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, two years of classroom teaching, undergraduate science degree, and one year of biology.
-- Description and comparison of grass land, forest, and alpine ecosystems of the NRM with respect to composition, structure, and process such as production, decomposition and mineral cycling. We will use tools including keys to species and environmental types, dimension analysis, remote sensing, and statistics. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE Program and cannot be used in graduate programs in biological sciences.

BIOE 518 PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR ECOLOGICAL MODELS
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 504 or equivalent.
-- Statistical methods to quantify uncertainty, and to plan data collection for cost-efficient reduction in uncertainty, in application to ecological models where data are often sparse and processes are often noisy, and management decision must take account of uncertainty.

BIOE 519 BIOLOGY OF RIPARIAN ZONES AND WETLANDS
Su 2 cr. RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOE 516 or BIOE 408, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 512, ESCI 515.
-- Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two riparian and two wetland areas, and develop classroom activities about ecology of those areas. Distance learning class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 520 ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY IN GYE
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, F&WL 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and (a) 2 years science technology experience or (b) enrolled in MSSE.
-- Exploration of biodiversity's meaning, importance & determinants; key ecological features of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and patterns of change in those features: & possible strategies for maintaining biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

BIOE 521 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, BIOB 420 and STAT 216, or equivalents.
-- A broad survey of conservative biology, with studies spanning genetics, demography/population dynamics, and community/ecosystem/landscape ecology. Approaches include empirical field studies, mathematical models and conceptual discussion. Includes lab modeling exercises, extensive reading in primary literature, and writing a research paper. Cross-listed with BIOE 440.

BIOE 522 BIRDS OF PREY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
-- Exploration of the ecology and habitat of avian raptors in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Application of the scientific method to the study of raptors. Field identification of raptors, investigation of species life histories, and inquiry methods of species-specific habitat needs. Student will develop methods and skills for classroom based research on wildlife. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 523 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY PLAINS
Su 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
-- Introduction to wildlife species and the range of habitats present in the Northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Emphasis on large carnivores and ungulates within montane terrestrial systems. Application of the scientific method to study interactions between predators, prey , and human impacts. This course is designed for middle and high school teachers and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 524 FRONTIERS IN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY
F alternate years to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or the equivalent.
-- Students and instructor will write a scientific paper for publication that synthesizes an important question in landscape ecology. Students will select the topic, review and synthesize current knowledge on the topic, and write a scientific manuscript.

BIOE 525 RESEARCH METHODS AND THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Application of the scientific method to answer biological questions and the development of skills needed to prepare research proposals, critique research studies and communicate research findings. For first year graduate students.

BIOE 532 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Outlines the plant's Hutchinsonian niche through review of energy, material (water, nutrients and toxins) and mechanical (including animal) factors. Computer modeling of plant function in the environment is discussed.

BIOE 533 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY LAB
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 1 cr. LAB 1
COREQUISITE: BIOE 532.
-- A research project in physiological plant ecology will be chosen, carried out and reported in scientific journal format.

BIOE 534 VEGETATION ECOLOGY
F, offered in alternate spring semesters in odd numbered years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Considers the composition, structure, function, distribution in time and space, ecology and classification of communities. Emphasizes universal methods, current studies and Rocky Mountain systems. Complementary field experience is available in BIOE 408.

BIOE 540 ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES
F, offered in alternate spring semesters in even numbered years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
-- Multivariate statistical analysis of data from terrestrial or aquatic, plant or animal communities. Classification, ordination, and predictive modeling of species and communities, emphasizing a hands-on approach and practical problem solving in community ecology.

BIOE 542 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: At least one undergraduate or graduate course in each of the following: ecology (e.g., M 170) and statistics (e.g. STAT 216)or consent of instructor.
--Focuses on the origin, maintenance, and consequences of biological diversity within local communities by examining studies of natural patterns, explorations of mathematical models and direct experimentation. The complexities of species interactions are explored in multispecies assemblages.

BIOE 548 CONSERVATION GENETICS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375, STAT 216 and STAT 217.
-- Introduction to the application of genetics for the conservation of plant and animal populations. Emphasis will be placed on case studies from the primary literature and analyzing genetic data using mathematical models developed in class. Cross-listed with BIOE 480.

BIOE 554 FOUNDATIONS OF ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT
F 1 cr. RCT 1
-- This course explores the origin, maturation, and application of core principles in ecology. Students gain an appreciation for the scope of ecology, how theory and application are linked, and how big ideas in ecology have matured (or not) over time.

BIOE 555 COMMUNICATIONS IN ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES
S 1 cr. SEM 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing - consent of instructor.
-- This course will require students to gain experience presenting scientific information in a variety of communication methods.

BIOE 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT
F,S,Su 1 - 4 cr. IND
Graduate standing and committee approval and consent of instructor.
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major advisor and graduate committee.

BIOE 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

BIOE 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

BIOE 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition and course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

BIOE 598 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

BIOE 690 DOCTORAL THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.

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