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.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

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

  • Analyze how the environment affects plants, animals, and their resources.
  • Explain how intraspecific competition affects species’ success.
  • Explain how interspecific competition affects species’ success.

Population Biology

  • 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.

Evolutionary Interactions

  • 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.

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.

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