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BIOL 310 Ecology

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.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 24, 2000 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • 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.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
01 Ecology Card, Virginia Books Course details