Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2019 Courses


AEC 360: Ecology

4 credits, M/W/F 9:35-10:25am, 232A Withers Hall

The science of ecology, including factors which control distribution and population dynamics of organisms, structure and function of biological communities, and energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems; contrasts among the major biomes; and principles governing ecological responses to global climatic and other environmental changes.

Contact Dr. Alonzo Ramirez: laramir2@ncsu.edu


AEC 420, sect 001 or 002: Intro to Fisheries Science

M 1:30-4:15pm or T 8:30-11:15am; 283 David Clark Labs

Role of fish in aquatic ecosystems, fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management and conservation. Emphasis on aquatic ecosystems and food webs, life history and ecology of important sport and commercial fishes, population and community dynamics, and theory and practice of fisheries management and conservation. Case studies from freshwater, estuarine and marine systems.

Contact Dr. Jesse Fischer: jrfische@ncsu.edu


AEC 495, sect 004: Marine Fisheries Ecology

T/TH time TBD; CMAST (Offsite Class in Morehead City)

This course will describe fish life histories, fisheries biological data, stock assessment approaches, management, socioeconomics, & effects of fishing on habitats. Course material drawn from relevant textbooks; primary literature; real world experiences of state & federal fisheries biologists & managers; fieldtrips to sample fish, meet fishing industry representatives, & observe fisheries biologists process samples in the labs. The course is part of the semester at coast program taught at NCSU CMAST facility.

Contact Dr. Jeff Buckel: jabuckel@ncsu.edu


AEC 495, sect 006: Biology, Diversity,& Ecology of Algae

3 credits
T 4:30-5:20pm (lecture); 283 David Clark Labs
TH 4:30-7:15pm (lab); 283 David Clark Labs

An introduction to the taxonomy, morphology, reproduction, and ecological / economic importance of the fascinating and diverse group of primary producers known as algae. Emphasis on the freshwater algae of North Carolina and the marine algae of the southeastern U.S.

Contact Dr. Joann Burkholder: jburk@ncsu.edu


Undergraduate Courses in Applied Ecology

AEC 295 Sec 1 – Conservation on Islands

Islands make up less than 5% of all land area, yet 40% of endangered and threatened species live on islands. Worse, 80% of all extinctions have occurred on islands since the 1500’s. This course will explore different island environments, biogeography, and the cutting edge of science that is attempting to prevent further extinctions on islands.


AEC 360 – Ecology

The science of ecology, including factors which control distribution and population dynamics of organisms, structure, and function of biological communities, and energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems; contrasts among the major biomes; and principles governing ecological responses to global climatic and other environmental changes.


AEC 380 – Global Water Resources

This course focuses on global issues associated with water resources, including the ways that people interact with water (how we use, degrade, conserve, and advocate for water and water rights), and how these interactions shape our lives. Offered in Summer.


AEC 400 – Applied Ecology

Global climate change, overfishing, habitat loss, altered nutrient cycles, and the spread of invasive species are among the world’s pressing global environmental issues. Solutions to these problems are complex but firmly rooted in the fundamental tenets of ecological theory. The field of applied ecology is premised on using these fundamental ecological principles to help solve the environmental challenges we face. This course will provide an overview of the field of applied ecology, working from the individual to global level, the course will provide a broad perspective on the field of applied ecology. Offered in Fall.


AEC 420 – Intro to Fisheries Science

Role of fish in aquatic ecosystems, fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management, and conservation. Emphasis on aquatic ecosystems and food webs, life history and ecology of important sport and commercial fishes, population and community dynamics, and theory and practice of fisheries management and conservation. Case studies from freshwater, estuarine and marine systems.


AEC 441/442 – Fish Biology and Lab

Fishes are the largest and most diverse assemblage of vertebrates on the earth with nearly 30,000 described species. This course provides an overview of ichthyology including evolution, classification, and identification of fishes and a comparative examination of divergent fish behavior, physiology, and ecology. Offered in Fall.


AEC – 450 Conservation Genetics

Conservation genetics exposes students to genetic and genomic theory and methods commonly used in conservation and management of species.


AEC 460 – Field Ecology & Methods

This course upper-class undergraduates with interests in biology to the diverse field approaches used to address ecological questions. The course considers and implements a variety of field approaches from microcosm experiments to global studies of patterns and diversity. Students will conduct both group & independent research projects. Offered in Fall.


AEC 495 Sec 4 – Marine Fisheries Ecology

This course will describe fish life histories, fisheries biological data, stock assessment approaches, management, socioeconomics, and effects of fishing on habitats. Course material will draw from a variety of sources and real-world experiences of state and federal fisheries biologists and managers. This is part of the semester at coast program at CMAST.


AEC 495 Sec 8 – Science Communication

This course is an introduction to science communication and how to present science effectively and creatively on the web and in other visual formats.


AEC 495 Sec 9 – Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecology

This course will discuss current events affecting our freshwater and marine resources, with historical background and prognosis. Topics in this course will cover State and Federal policies and regulations, nutrient enrichment, aquatic plants and human disease, status of our fisheries and much more.