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BIO 2225 Ecology

General concepts in ecology and application to current environmental issues. Focus on evolutionary ecology, populations, communities, ecosystems and global ecology. Field experiences and lab techniques emphasizing data collection, analysis and interpretation. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Biology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: NONE  

Outcomes

  • Describe and discuss basic concepts of the physical environment; explain natural selection and adaptations of organisms to their environment; analyze and explain interactions within a population affecting size and changes over time.
  • Examine the regional exchange of energy and materials influencing the functioning and distribution of organisms across multiple ecosystems and the biosphere; describe and discuss theories and techniques of restoration ecology; examine and evaluate the impact of humans on biodiversity; illustrate and explain sustainable development.
  • Identify and operate equipment to collect data; perform lab and field experiments; use appropriate computer software and analyze data using statistical methods; interpret data and write reports according to accepted scientific format.
  • Differentiate and explain species interactions; evaluate and explain effect of interactions on community organization and structure; describe and discuss energy flow and chemical cycling between organisms and the environment.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3