Biological Systematics and Curation

Biological Systematics and Curation
Principles, methods, and tools of taxonomy and systematics as applied to species delimitation, specimen-based research, nomenclatural codes, and the curation of biological specimens.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall even years
 ProgramsContaining BIO 510
Course Outcomes


Students will be able to discuss species as the fundamental unit of biodiversity and the difference between species definitions and criteria used to delimit species.


Students will be able to discuss basic philosophies of classification and the relationship between classification, phylogeny, and nomenclature.

Nomenclatural Codes

Students will gain proficiency with nomenclatural codes and their relationship to specimen-based research products such new species descriptions, monographs, floras, and faunas.

Research Tools

Students will gain experience with a variety of specimen-based research tools.


Students will understand responsibilities of biological collections management and curation.