BIOL 209 General Ecology*

This Course is designed for biology majors. The discipline of ecology addresses the interactions of organisms with other organisms as well as the abiotic environment. It is inherently broad in scope, encompassing everything from microorganisms to the entire biosphere. This course will cover the major concepts and techniques of ecology as well as applications of these concepts to current issues. The goal is to provide the tools and knowledge of concepts necessary for those entering careers in ecological fields.

Credits

4 Credits

Prerequisite

BIOL 202; MATH 153 highly recommended

Corequisite

BIOL 209L

BIOL 209General Ecology*

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Biology

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

4 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

45

Semester Contact Hours Lab

30

Prerequisite Narrative

BIOL 202; MATH 153 highly recommended

Corequisite Narrative

BIOL 209L

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This Course is designed for biology majors. The discipline of ecology addresses the interactions of organisms with other organisms as well as the abiotic environment. It is inherently broad in scope, encompassing everything from microorganisms to the entire biosphere. This course will cover the major concepts and techniques of ecology as well as applications of these concepts to current issues. The goal is to provide the tools and knowledge of concepts necessary for those entering careers in ecological fields.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Experimental design and statistics Climate Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems Energy flow and nutrient cycling Evolution, ecological genetics Plant and animal adaptations Life history strategies Population ecology Competition Predation Parasitism and mutualism Community Ecology Human ecology

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Case studies ~5 laboratory write-ups Semester group research project

Required Exams

3 exams Final exam Group research project poster

Required Text

Ecology, by Smith and Smith Lab handouts available on Canvas

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Case studies ~5 laboratory write-ups Semester group research project 3 exams Final exam Group research project poster