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Ecology and Evolution




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides the fundamental principles of ecology and evolution. Students will focus on populations and communities, adaptation, and other factors that affect organisms.


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The Basics of Ecology

  • Define ecology.
  • Explain how ecologists gather data to test hypotheses and interpret results.
  • Describe the history and the role of evolution and natural selection in ecology.

Environmental Adaptations: Resources and Competition

  • Analyze plant and animal adaptations in response to their specific environment.
  • Explain how intraspecific competition affects species’ access to and attainment of resources.
  • Explain how interspecific competition affects species’ access to and attainment of resources.

Population Biology

  • Identify characteristics that make a population unique.
  • Analyze patterns of population growth.
  • Explain the importance of life history in relation to populations.

Evolutionary Interactions

  • Explain how ecosystems influence species and their evolution.
  • Identify characteristics within a species that affects the species richness in a community.
  • Analyze factors that influence the structure of a community.

The Human Impact

  • Analyze how human population growth affects an ecosystem.
  • Examine the causes of habitat degradation.
  • Assess the influence of conservation on biodiversity.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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