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Faculty of Forestry

CONS: Natural Resources Conservation

CONS 101 (3) Introduction to Conservation
Seminars on current natural resources conservation and forest sciences topics. [3-0-0]
CONS 127 (3) Observing the Earth from Space
Exploration of innovative Earth observation and other geospatial technologies and how they allow us to better understand the changing Earth. [3-0-0]
CONS 200 (3) Foundations of Conservation
Conceptual foundations of conservation; means of conserving nature and natural resources. [3-0-0]
CONS 210 (3) Visualizing Climate Change
Introduction to climate change through the lens of local landscapes and future scenarios, using visual media to communicate the underlying science & psychology, and engage communities in local climate change solutions.
CONS 302 (3) Issues in Genomics and the Environment
Introductory genomics in the context of genetics and epigenetics; current and topical issues, including genetic determinism, environmental DNA, revival of extinct species, and applications of genomics to improve our life and environment including adaptation to climate change. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 11, BIOL 12.
CONS 310 (3) Ecology in a Changing Climate
Impact of climate change on ecological systems. Builds framework for understanding past and future changes following fundamental organizing units of ecology - individuals, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 121, GEOB 207.
CONS 314 (3) Elements of Biodiversity
The units of biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, how they are structured in space, and their importance to human well-being and ecosystem health. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of APBI 260, BIOL 230, FRST 201, GEOB 207.
Equivalency: BIOL 314.
CONS 330 (3) Conservation Science and Sustainability
Fundamental concepts in conservation science. Different philosophies, perspectives, and disciplines used in setting priorities for managing biodiversity at all scales. [3-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 121, GEOB 102, GEOB 103.
CONS 340 (3) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation
Introduction to principles, practice and context of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to forest management and natural resource conservation issues. Priority enrolment to students in the Faculty of Forestry. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Third- or fourth-year standing.
CONS 370 (3) Aboriginal Forestry
Issues the may be encountered in professional natural resources work with or for Aboriginal communities and organization, including contemporary issues of Aboriginal rights and title, traditional uses, and self-government. [3-0-0]
CONS 412 (3) Belowground Ecosystems
Current concepts, methods, and applications of belowground ecology with emphasis on biotic interactions in soil; to understand the roles that aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to global change. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Fourth year standing in the Faculty of Forestry or a Bachelor of Science Program awarded by any Faculty. Permission is required for registration.
Equivalency: APBI 412.
CONS 415 (3) Land, Trees, and Property Institutions
Exploration of the forces that gave rise to the global variety of systems of property for trees and forestlands; evolution in the governance of property. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
CONS 425 (3) Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance
Energy as a global policy problem; current energy challenges; energy systems and energy analysis; the politics and policy of energy alternatives. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third- or fouth-year standing; 100-level MATH course.
CONS 440 (3) Conservation Decision-Making and Policy
An introduction to policy and decision making for conserving biodiversity in an uncertain world using a combination of ecological data and decision science. [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: CONS 200.
CONS 449 (1-12) c Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation
In special cases and with the approval of the instructor concerned, a student may carry out directed studies of specific problems in natural resources conservation.
CONS 451 (15) Integrated Field School
Field methods, research and analysis, community oriented projects, and the interactions between biological and social aspects of conservation research. Students may not take any other courses in conjunction with CONS 451. Restricted to B.Sc.N. students in the fourth year of the Science and Management Major. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [10-10-10]
CONS 452 (12) Global Perspectives Capstone
Examination of global resources and sustainability via scenario evaluation, modelling, and prescription. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [3-0-9]
Prerequisite: One of CONS 340, GEOB 270 and fourth year standing in the Global Perspectives Major.
Corequisite: FRST 443.
CONS 453 (6) International Conservation and Forest Ecosystem Management Field School
International, experiential learning in conservation and forest ecosystem management. A 300-level ecology course such as CONS 330 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Fee will be assessed for living and traveling expenses. Pre-registration is required. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of FRST 231, BIOL 300 and all of FRST 210, FRST 211. Or 6 credits of ecology based courses (e.g. BIOL 230, BIOL 306, APBI 260, APBI 360). Third-year standing and permission of the instructor are required.
CONS 481 (3) Conservation Planning in Practice
Theory, tools and practical skills needed to conduct conservation planning at the community level. Addresses issues of developing and implementing plans in the context of sustainability goals, political realities and diverse public opinion. [2-2-0]
CONS 486 (3) Fish Conservation and Management
Principles of fish biology, population and community ecology necessary to understand conservation and management; overview of current issues, tactics and institutions involved with fisheries conservation and management. [2-3-0]
Prerequisite: FRST 386.
CONS 488 (6) Contemporary Forestry and Conservation in China (UBC Global Seminar Series)
This is a one-month UBC Global Seminar program in China allows students to learn forestry and conservation in Asia through lectures and field trips to nature reserves, plantations, wood industry firms and national parks in China.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
CONS 491 (3) Recreation and Tourism Planning
Principles and methods for planning urban and rural recreation and related tourism resources including analyzing recreation resources, applying policies and standards, developing park/recreation area management plans, and understanding benefits to human and community wellbeing and biodiversity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of UFOR 200, CONS 481.
CONS 495 (3) Human Wildlife Conflict
Evaluation of the impacts of human wildlife conflicts on wildlife populations; application of innovative methods to reduce human wildlife conflicts. [2-0-1]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing or higher. BIOL 230 or FRST 395 and APBI 315 or APBI 416 recommended.
Equivalency: APBI 495.
CONS 496 (3) Primate Conservation in the Anthropocene
Modern-day threats facing primates and the wide range of conservation strategies being implemented globally to protect them.
Prerequisite: Third year standing.
CONS 498 (3) Thesis or Special Project
An independent study or research project of a subject of special interest to the student under the supervision of a staff member.
CONS 500 (3) Seminar in Biological Conservation
Topics in conservation biology with application to current issues and particular reference to (but not limited to) forested ecosystems. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [2-0-1]
CONS 501 (3) Topics in Conservation Genetics
The genetics of small populations, inbreeding, extinction risks due to genetic versus demography factors, adaptation and climate change, and methods for assessing genetic diversity for conservation planning. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: ZOOL 524.
CONS 503 (1-6) d Topics in Conservation
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CONS 504 (1-6) c Directed Studies in Conservation
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CONS 505 (3) Ecological Restoration
Global overview of ecological restoration, examining perspectives and practices in diverse ecosystems worldwide. Causes of degradation, motivations for restoration (including cultural underpinnings), restoration objectives (biodiversity, ecosystem function, ecosystem services), restoration practices (and their evolution over time), challenges and lessons learnt. Credit will be granted for only one of CONS 505 or UFOR 403. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CONS 506 (3) Forest Conservation in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
Key forest conservation issues in Asia, regional strategies, programs, and practices for restoration of critical landscapes, rehabilitation of terrestrial ecosystems and conservation of flagship species. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CONS 520 (3) Conservation Policy
Examination of international and Canadian conservation agreements and policies as instruments of distributive justice. Application of contemporary theories of justice to conservation policy issues. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CONS 528 (3) Social Science Research Methods and Design for Natural Resource Management
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

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