Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues (Fall)

Course Information

Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues is an online course designed to introduce students (upper level undergraduate and graduate) and professionals (with an Associate’s degree or higher) to the controversial issues surrounding aquatic animal species ranging from invertebrates to marine mammals, with some emphasis on marine mammals, but also including sea turtles, fisheries, and marine ecosystems.

The format of the class will focus, to a large extent, on a significant amount of reading from book chapters or primary scientific literature on the topic chosen for a given class, and discussion. For each module, students will need to complete a self-test quiz. The MediaSite lectures are taped seminars given by individuals from various places including the College of Veterinary Medicine, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Geological Survey. Rather than have exams, students will be expected to review the reading material and the MediaSite lectures, then complete the module quiz and related homework assignments. Directions for assignments, lectures and due dates will be provided within each learning module.

Course Topics

Is this course right for you? Below are the topics covered in this course. More details are also available in the course syllabus (below). Undergraduate and graduate students in our courses are often Animal Science, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, Marine Biology, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, or Zoology majors. Many of the undergraduate students are on a pre-veterinary medicine track. We also offer this course to veterinary medicine students and as continuing education for veterinarian CE credit. Others interested in furthering their education may also benefit from the CE enrollment option such as aquarists, biologists, and veterinary technicians.

  • Natural History and Ecosystems
  • Natural History and Conservation, Sea Turtles
  • Natural History and Conservation, Aquatic Ecosystems & Fish
  • Natural History and Conservation, Aquatic Birds
  • Aquaculture, Diseases and Impacts on Conservation
  • Attitudes toward Marine Mammals
  • Conservation and Management of Elasmobranchs
  • Fisheries and Marine Mammals
  • Conservation of the North Atlantic Right Whale
  • Florida Manatee: Biology & Conservation
  • Introduced and Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Endocrine Disruption
  • Coral Bleaching and Global Warming
  • Aquatic Pathology and Toxicology

Course Objectives

  • Become acquainted with controversial issues surrounding the conservation of aquatic animals.
  • Develop critical thinking skills with regards to identifying problems, providing possible solutions and compromises that may help to conserve aquatic animal species and their environment.
  • Cultivate scientific writing skills.
  • Undergraduate students will be asked to write a scientific editorial on a controversial topic of their choosing.  Drafts will be handed in prior to the final paper, students will provide critical reviews and and each student will then receive feedback.
  • Graduate students will be asked to write a 5 page pro/con review paper and will be asked then to review 2 drafts from their classmates.

Course Syllabus

Please see the 2019 Syllabus for additional information including course objectives, materials, prerequisites and faculty.

Registration Information

How to Register

There are multiple ways to register for each course. Please review the Non-UF Student, Continuing Education and UF Student descriptions below in order to decide which method is most appropriate for you. You may also want to review our FAQ page or Contact Us to help differentiate between these options.

If you are interested in taking this course Fall 2019, please complete the Course Interest form.
Student Type Course Info Why Choose this Student Type?  Differences Prerequisites Costs Apply
Non-UF Students – undergraduate VME4012 Transfer Credit Apply as a nondegree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs. (see syllabus) $325/credit plus fees**

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Non-UF Students – graduate VME6010 Transfer Credit. Planning to apply to graduate school or professional school Apply as a nondegree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be in good standing $550/credit plus fees** Apply Here
Continuing Education VME4012 Professional licensure, personal/professional interest/development Will not receive an official grade or UF transcript. Will be issued a Certificate of Completion. $1010.76 Apply Here
UF Undergraduate VME4012 Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs (see syllabus) Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
UF Graduate
non College of Vet Med
VME6010 Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
Graduate in College of Vet Med
VME6010 (grad)
Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Contact Sally O’Connell

**Nondegree students pay the Capital Improvement and Technology fee

Registration Deadline

Note: This class has limited enrollment and may fill up prior to the end of drop/add so we suggest registering early.

Fall 2019
Registration Opens June 17th, 2019
Registration Closes August 20th, 2019
Classes Begin August 20th, 2019
Cancel with Full Refund August 26th, 2019
Tuition Deadline August 30th, 2019
Classes End December 4th, 2019

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