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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2008

AMS 315 • Conservation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29805 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
grg 316

Course Description

GRG 306c/AMS 315 is an introductory course in natural resource conservation. We will look at the science of conservation and the political/economic issues influencing conservation and biodiversity. The course covers the history of conservation in the U.S., ecological and biogeographical basics, and ecological restoration of degraded environments. I will address air, water, land, and wildlife resources in detail. The latter portion of the class will focus on natural resource management principles and economics of conservation.

Grading Policy

Three examinations worth 100 points each will determine your grade. Each exam will consist of 40-60 questions based on lecture topics and assigned readings. Because you may drop one exam, there are no make-ups for missed exams. If you miss more than one exam, except for documented emergencies beyond your control, it will be difficult for you to pass this course. You are expected to attend class and participate in class discussions. In class discussions count toward your overall grade! As you can see, the grading process is much simpler for both of us if you attend class, take the exams on time, and complete other assignments by their due dates.


A. Leopold (any edition). Sand County Almanac J. L. Holechek et al. 2000. Natural Resources: Ecology, Economics, and Policy. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-896077-1.


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