ECOL 20 Introduction to Ecology (4)
Lec-52.5, Lab-52.5, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
Fundamental concepts of ecology, field observations and experiments applying the scientific method; chemical and energy cycles; effect of physical and biological environment on community structure; diversity and distribution; population dynamics and interspecific reactions; biodiversity of the genetic, species, and ecosystems level and relevant social ecological problems.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Describe basic scientific and ecological concepts on a variety of scales and levels of organization.
- Outcome 2: Evaluate research methods used by scientists, particularly ecologists and the validity of published scientific research.
- Outcome 3: Analyze biotic and abiotic factors shaping ecosystems, community structure, population dynamics and species' adaptations, particularly on the local level.
- Outcome 4: Apply models to explain the behavior of commonly occurring ecological phenomena.
- Outcome 5: Apply ecological theory and concepts in practical applications.