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BIO 115IN - Wildlife of North America

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Introduction to the mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and selected invertebrates of North America. Includes habitats, wildlife interrelationships, population dynamics, and discussion of national, state, and private wildlife agencies. Also includes a laboratory emphasis on native Arizona species.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SCI; Meets CTE - M&S.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize and classify North American plant and animal species.
  2. Describe adaptations found in North American wildlife.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe diversity and origins of wildlife in North America.
  2. Explain the importance of habitat to wildlife.
  3. Describe how wildlife have adapted to various habitat types and each other.
  4. Describe how and why wildlife populations change over time.
  5. Discuss the role of various wildlife agencies and legislation in wildlife management.
  6. Apply wildlife principles to interpret personal observations of wildlife.
  7. Demonstrate skills necessary for life-long learning and making personal decisions relative to wildlife biology and management.

  1. Science
  2. Wildlife Diversity
    1. Select invertebrates
    2. Vertebrates
  3. Wildlife Origins
    1. Natural selection and evolution
    2. Immigrations and introductions
  4. Habitat
    1. Components
    2. Utilization by wildlife
  5. Adaptations
    1. General principles
    2. Selected biomes
  6. Wildlife Interrelationships
    1. Mutualism
    2. Competition
    3. Predation and parasitism


  1. Population Dynamics
    1. Reproductive strategies
    2. Types of population growth and regulation

VII. Wildlife Management

  1. Principles
  2. Agencies and legislation