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RENR 8103 - Conservation Biology

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

Conservation biology is the science of biology that looks at human impacts on biological diversity and possible means to prevent extinction of native species. Topics to be covered in this course include: principles of conservation biology and biological diversity, biological diversity of British Columbia, value of biological diversity, threats to biological diversity, invasive species management, climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, species at risk, habitat loss and fragmentation, island biogeography theory, and the species area relationship as it relates to biodiversity conservation and the design and planning of protected areas. Field sessions outside of scheduled class time will be required.


RENR 7100 and RENR 8001





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 85237

Thu Jan 06 - Thu Apr 14 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Apr 14 Thu 12:30 - 16:30 BBY SE04 Rm. 106


Eric Anderson

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration program. Students require department approval prior to registration. Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh at 778-331-1392 or

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Analyze and communicate the scientific basis and historical context of conservation, and the principles and tools available for addressing conservation issues.
  • Apply conservation biology principles to the research and preparation of recovery plans for species at risk.
  • Apply conservation biology principles to the design and planning of parks and protected areas.
  • Apply the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA) and associated legislation.
  • Compile species at risk reports.
  • Prescribe invasive species management plans for various species and habitats in BC for conservation purposes.
  • Critically evaluate the current literature in conservation biology.
  • Justify to the general public the need to conserve biological diversity, considering potential change needed in individual behaviour and public policy.
  • Design and implement an outreach activity to convey the significance of conservation issues to a non-science target audience (general or school children [K-12]).

Effective as of Fall 2009

Related Programs

RENR 8103 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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