This course covers the science of ecology, focusing on population and community ecology, the investigation of patterns in the distribution and abundance of organisms and the processes responsible. The content and methods of modern ecological research are emphasized. Students read ecological research papers and do field investigations, experiments and computer modeling. Most of the weekly labs take place outdoors. Intended for biology, environmental science and life sciences teaching majors.
First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.
- MATH 115: College Algebra and STAT 201: Statistics I and CHEM 111: General Chemistry I and CHEM 112: General Chemistry II and BIOL 111: General Biology I and BIOL 112: General Biology II
- or MATH 210: Calculus I and CHEM 111: General Chemistry I and CHEM 112: General Chemistry II and BIOL 111: General Biology I and BIOL 112: General Biology II
- or CHEM 111: General Chemistry I and CHEM 112: General Chemistry II and BIOL 111: General Biology I and BIOL 112: General Biology II and MATH 208: Applied Calculus
- Apply this experience with research methods in ecology at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
- Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with algebra, statistics and calculus at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
- Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
- Explain and apply scientific knowledge in ecology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
- Read and interpret primary scientific literature in ecology.
- Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of ecology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.