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SMUS 575 Natural History Collections
Museums and their collections are the scientific basis for our understanding of the past, the present, and also the future. These collections are inventories of our cultural, biological and geological heritage. Natural History Museums hold collections in wide variety of disciplines including archeology, astronomy, biology, entomology, botany, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrates, mammalogy, mycology, ornithology, palynology, paleontology, and zoology among others. Collections management is an area of specialization within the museum profession that encompasses conservation, registration, collecting, project management, administration, development of policies and procedures, storage, compliance with local, state, national and international laws, treaties, and regulations pertaining to these materials. This course will cover a variety of topics related to the management, care, and storage of natural history collections. The course format consists of readings, lectures, class discussions, a field trip, visits to scientific collections on campus and a practical lab experience.
Prerequisite: SMUS 525.
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