Susan M Waters
Introduces major concepts of ecology and relates these concepts to current environmental issues. Topics include the relationship between organisms and the physical environment, evolutionary processes, the structure and function of ecosystems, population biology, forest management, pesticide use, and global warming. Prerequisite: B BIO 180.
Ecology is a diverse field of study focusing on integration between living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of our environment. It is an extremely broad discipline, which spans the study of adaptations to the environment on an organismal level all the way to global biodiversity and energy balance. This course will touch on all levels of organization within the field of ecology. Topics include interactions among individuals of a population, interactions in their abiotic environment, and interactions with other species. Also discussed are growth, stability of populations, and interactions among populations at the community and ecosystems levels, energy flow, environmental factors, and biodiversity. This knowledge will be used to effectively synthesize, and analyze problems that threaten ecological biodiversity both locally and globally. Special consideration is given to case studies that illustrate current environmental issues, from an ecological perspective. This course will provide foundational knowledge for additional coursework in Environmental Science and Biology.
Student learning goals
Students will hone observational and experimental skills, increasing their ability to recognize ecological processes occurring all around them that can be examined and tested
Students will improve analytical skills, including facility with numerical data
Students will understand reciprocal connections between humans and the environment
General method of instruction
Lecture and lab
Biology 180; BES 301
Class assignments and grading