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CES – Biological Resources Focus

The biological resources focus area addresses the ecological and organism processes that produce and maintain biodiversity. Courses examine the genetic, physiological, population, and community-level processes that can influence the distribution and abundance of species.

Biological resources can prepare students for careers including environmental education, natural resource management, wildlife biology, forestry, and fisheries.

  • animal behavior
  • behavioral ecology and sociobiology
  • comparative ecophysiology
  • biology of algae
  • plant systematics and evolution
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • fish ecology and evolution
  • evolution and ecology of birds
  • plant ecology
  • conservation biology
  • marine biology
  • genetics

Recommended Focus Courses

BioSci 325: Genetics - 3 credits
BioSci 351 (301): Invertebrate Function and Evolution - 3 credits
BioSci 358 (305): Birds of Wisconsin - 2 credits
BioSci 359 (349): Comparative Ecophysiology - 3 credits
BioSci 361 (333): Diversity of Fungi, Algae, and Plants - 3 credits
BioSci 370: Animal Physiology - 3 credits
BioSci 406: Marine Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 407: Plant Systematics and Evolution - 3 credits
BioSci 430 (530): Animal Behavior - Ethology - 3 credits
BioSci 435: Identification and Systematics of Flowering Plants - 3 credits
BioSci 458: Community Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 475: Tropical Biology - 4 credits
BioSci 500: Plant Physiology - 3 credits
BioSci 505: Conservation Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 511: Ichthyology - 3 credits
BioSci 512/3: Limnology I & Limnology Laboratory - 4 credits
BioSci 523/4: Evolution and Ecology of Birds/Birds Ecology Lab - 4 credits
BioSci 525/6: Ecology and Evolution of Fishes/Fish Ecol. Lab - 4 credits
BioSci 532: Behavioral Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 540: Microbial Diversity and Physiology - 4 credits
BioSci 562: Topics in Field Biology - 1-6 credits
BioSci 605: Concepts & Models of Aquatic Ecology - 3 credits
CivEng 492: Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 credits
Geog 340: Biogeography - 3 credits
Geog 475: Geography of Soils - 3 credits
Geog 525 Geographic Information Systems - 4 credits
GeoSci 401: General Soil Science - 4 credits