Ecology & Evolution
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Ecology & Evolution
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.
- BIO/101 – Principles of Biology OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of Biology
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
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.
- Identify characteristics that make a population unique.
- Analyze patterns of population growth.
- Explain the importance of life history in relation to populations.
- 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.