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CategoryNameDepartmentCourse #CreditsInstructorWorkload (# hours per week)Term OfferedStand Alone (Y/N)Course DescriptionComments
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Landscape EcologyForest ScienceM. BettsFallYSome basic concepts, but small class size and a wide range of tools and techniques presented in labsI took this class my 1st semester and didn't feel like I got much out of it at the time. However, a few terms later I found myself reading papers and thinking that without this course I probably wouldn't have understood them. It paid off in the long term.I enjoyed the course, and Matt provides an excellent selection of foundation papers in landscape ecology. However, I am a little reluctant to give the class a strong recommendation since the labs need to be updated, and your experience in the course is going to be largely dictated by the other students in the class (lots of discussion).
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Rangeland EcologyRangeland Ecology & Management6623S. Miller, R. Mata-GonzalezFallY
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Conservation Biology of WildlifeFish&Wildlife5633D. RobyFall (alternate years 2013)Nmoved to winter in 2016Not sure I got much out of this, but I'd already taken a class using the same textbook before. If you've never had a conservation class, this may be worth it. I thought the discussions were fantastic at least. Also, be warned that tests are mostly on rote memorization.
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Field Research in Geomorphology and Landscape EcologyGeosciences5483J. JonesFallY
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Grant WritingZoology599FallYhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=Z&coursenumber=599&term=201201&campus=corvallisModelled after NSF FastLane grant applications and the process submitting and reviewing these applications
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Theories of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education*GRAD5603J. WhiteFall*All of these starred GRAD courses are part of the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) offered by OSU to those interested in getting diving into how to effectively teach adult learners. http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/gccutI really enjoyed this course (the first one in the GCCUT series) because it offered a wide array of information on research into how people learn and how to translate that into effective teaching strategies. I highly recommend for those planning on continuing on to be professors! I really like knowing some of the education jargon and being able to voice my opinion on different teaching styles and I feel like it will help me in future job interviews. For as long as I'm here, I'm happy to talk to you about the GCCUT program (email allyson.jackson@oregonstate.edu)
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Genetics and EvolutionBioinformatics & GenomicsMicrobiology6684Bakker, Giov., Mockler, GivanFallYthis course is taught as two 699 modules: theory/methodology-computer progrm
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Coastal Genetics and ConservationFish&Wildlife5906M. BanksFall (alternate years)Ytaught at Hatfield, extensive overview of pop gen software I don't think Michael is teaching this class anymore, Omalley may pick it up though
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EvolutionBiology5453S. Arnold, Spatafora, D. LytleFall & WinterNhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseList.aspx?subjectcode=BI&level=grad&campus=corvallisPretty basic course, good review if need a refresher
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Evolutionary Tools of the TradeZoology599S. ArnoldFall (alternate years)NSEMINAR
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Genetics & Demography of Small PopulationsFish&Wildlife5863S. HaigFall alternate years (2012)Yhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=FW&coursenumber=586http://fw.oregonstate.edu/pdfs/FW586.pdfSue is all over the place. I learned quite a bit, but this class can be frustrating if you like order and organization.
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Mapping Quantitative Trait LociMicrobiology662?FallNonly a few weeks long, part of a longer course but can be taken alone
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Theory of Evolution and Foundations of Modern BiologyHistory of Science (HSTS)5153FarberFallNfor historical perspective of evol theory. great class!
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Advances GIS Applications in ForestryForest Resources5213W. RippleFallN
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Geographic Information Systems and ScienceGeosciences5654R.KennedyFall (also offered ecampus Fall and Winter)Y (but not if ecampus?)http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=GEO&coursenumber=565Great class for those of you who will be using Arc GIS, but are unfamiliar with it as of yet. Also includes a free license to ArcGIS. Very basic. A GREAT intro to ArcGIS
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Spatio-temporal Analysis in Earth & Ecological SciencesGeosciences5414J. JonesFall (alternate years)Yhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=GEO&coursenumber=541
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Marine Conservation BiologyFish&Wildlife and Zoology5643M. Hixon, S. HeppellFall, alternate years (2012)Nhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=FW&coursenumber=564cross-listed with Zoology. Debate course on current "hot topics" in marine conservation. Tuesday debates are mandatory on campus. Thursday lectures are broadcast to HMSC. Not offered on campus in 2014, Hixon in Hawaii
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Environmental PhysiologyZoology5234J. RubenFallNI took this with Eli Myers. A lot of extra work for grad students!
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Insect PhysiologyZoology5403J. Geibultowicz
FallN
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Nutrient CyclingBotany and Forest Science5473K. LajthaFallY
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Methods of Data AnalysisStatistics5114P. Murtaugh, Gitelman, L. MadsenFall & WinterNpart 1 of 3 Charlotte Wickham was my teacher and she was great!
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Quantitative EcologyStatistics5353P. MurtaughFallYhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=ST&coursenumber=535&campus=corvallisTheoretical but not terribly applicable, Paul is an interesting guy though his lecture style is quiet and hard to follow sometimesI was glad I took this class but not sure I really got too much information that helped me with my research. It did help for general background knowledge on stats that helped during my comps though, so I would recommend it to any students who aren't planning on taking a ton of stats courses. Probably not super useful if you have a stats minor or have taken lots of better stats courses.
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Applied Multivariate AnalysisStatistics5573GittelmanFallYLess applied, more theoretical. First quarter of term was learning matrix algebra and Hotelling's T^2. Second half of term touched on PCA, CCA, and other multivariate analyses, but it was brief for each topic.
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Numerical Methods in Natural ResourcesFisheries & Wildlife599/6994Levi/Punt (UW)FallYhow to use R to perform numerical analyses;
how to use AD Model Builder (ADMB)TM to fit models to data;
how to use WINBUGS to implement Bayesian hierarchical models; and
standard numerical techniques.Grading is A/F (meaning pass and get an A, or fail and...well...fail)
First time being offered in Fall 2014. Limited seats available. Two workshops are being held prior to the start of the term.
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Philosophy of NaturePhilosophy5393K. MooreFallNweek long course in the Cascades just before fall quarter
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Aquatic BotanyBotany5164R. HalseFallN
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Avian Conservation & ManagementFish&Wildlife5515D. RobinsonFallNeCampus version available as wellSlash class, so probably mostly review and too introductory for most grad students. Take it if you're new to birds and need it but otherwise may not be worth the time.
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Early Life History of FishesFish&Wildlife5744Jessica Miller and Lorenzo CiannelliFall (even years)Nhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=FW&coursenumber=574This was a great slash course to take your first term (Fall) you write a grant proposal and give an presentation at the end which can be a useful start for your research review process. Labs were a combination of wet labs at Hatfield (awesome) and some computer labs doing some particle drift modeling, and working with a data set (otolith:fish size). Also a little discussion of papers as a class lead by a new group of students every week. A little more on the marine side but great for anyone working with larval/juvenile fish.
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Introductory MycologyBotany5614J. SpataforaFallN
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Mammal Conservation and ManagementFish&Wildlife5584C. EppsFallNFun class, learned a lot. Mostly undergrads.
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Natural History of Whales and WhalingFish&Wildlife4193C. BakerFallYhttp://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseDetail.aspx?subjectcode=FW&coursenumber=419
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Theoretical Ecology/ EvolutionEcology & Evolution of Life HistoriesZoology5992D. LytleFallFall 2015Yseminar/discussion course scheduled for Fall 2015
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Theoretical EcologyBiology5924M. NovakFall YEmphasis is on the mathematical analysis and modeling of single populations and multi-species interactions, and the integration of models with data. Topics include discrete- and continuous-time models of population growth, stochastic and deterministic processes of unstructured populations, the sustainability of harvested populations, numerical and analytical investigations of population and community invasibility and stability, and an introduction to model-fitting and comparison in an information-theoretic frameworkA very worthwhile class
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