Ecology And Evolution – bio315 (3 credits)
This course provides the fundamental principles of ecology and evolution. Students will focus on populations and communities, adaptation, and other factors that affect organisms.
The Human Impact
- Recognize the role of human population growth in resource consumption.
- Examine the processes that affect habitat degradation.
- Assess the influence of conservation on biodiversity.
The Basics of Ecology
- Explain how ecologists use evidence and observation to quantify their results.
- Describe the history and the role of evolution and natural selection in ecology.
Environmental Ecology: Resources and Competition
- Explain how intraspecific competition affects species’ success.
- Explain how interspecific competition affects species’ success.
- Analyze how the environment affects plants, animals, and their resources.
- Describe the challenges of studying populations over time.
- Analyze patterns of reproduction, consumption, and death in populations.
- Explain the processes that move energy and matter through ecosystems.
- Explain how ecosystems influence species and their evolution.
- Distinguish characteristics within and between species that affect the species richness of a community.
- Analyze factors that affect diversity and contribute to evolutionary differentiation.
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