Biocore (also Education)
Ecology, and Genetics. 3 weeks, Fall Semester. 20
students/section, 6 sections.
Requires display of bird
and reptile specimens from the Galapagos Islands and study skins
of birds from South and North America. Students design
Galapagos research projects and discover how to conduct field
research. Specimens are used for instruction in evolution,
adaptation, variation, diversity, and resource partitioning.
Psychology 450: Animal
Behavior - Primates. 2
weeks Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters Evolution from monkey
to humans, examining the comparative anatomy, growth, social
behavior, intellegence, and emotion.
Wildlife 301: Terrestrial
Vertebrates. 3 weeks, Spring semester. 30
students/section, 2 sections.
Students learn how to identify the mammals of Wisconsin by
skin and skull characteristics and are taught natural history
and diversity of mammalian orders and families from throughout
North America and the world. Students use dissecting microscopes
and work stations with specimens of mammal skins, mounts, skulls, and skeletons. Uses
~200 specimens over 3 weeks of lab.
Biology Laboratory. 3
weeks, Fall and Spring. 28 students/section, 20 sections.
Display of skeletons of fish, reptiles, birds,
and mammals for students to study locomotor adaptations, function,
and evolution. Uses 30-40 skeletons including large articulated
lion, kangaroo, and deer.
152: Introductory Biology. 5
weeks, Fall and Spring. 120 students/section, 18 sections
Fall, 22 sections Spring.
Display large articulated
skeletons and smaller skeletons. Uses
50-80 specimens of reptiles, birds, and mammals. Students
develop hypotheses and design experiments to test relationships
of various bone morphometrics.
Zoology 430: Comparative
Anatomy. 4 weeks, Fall semester. 30 students/section,
~65 skeletons, mounts, models, and fluid specimens of vertebrates used for taxonomy
lab and lab practical.
Zoology 521: Birds
of Southern Wisconsin. 2
weeks, Spring semester. 20 students/section, 4 sections.
Display of ~250 bird skins, mounts, eggs, and
nests. Students learn identification
and concepts in conservation biology, taxonomy, diversity, extinction,
and research methods involving birds that occur throughout Wisconsin.
Zoology 525: Animl
Structural Design. 1
week, Spring semester. Not currently offered but will return. 30
students, 1 section.
Display of modern and early man, and
primate skeletons, skulls, casts. Students learn morphological
adaptations of primates. Uses 13 skeletons.
699 courses are offered by museum staff:
Introduction to Museum Techniques
course offers students an opportunity to learn the philosophies
and methods of all aspects of museum work. Students
gain hands-on experience in the following areas: Museum
Administration (museum security, accessions, loans and
collection management); Preparation of Museum Specimens
(Preparing specimens as skins, skeletons, in fluid, and
management of the Dermestid colony); and Final Preparation
and Storage of Specimens (Cleaning skeletons, labeling,
boxing, cataloging, and specimen storage); modern studies
of material conservation are reviewed.