This course is designed for students majoring in biology. Students will explore ecological concepts and the scientific research that has built out understanding of interactions in nature at the organismal, population, community, ecosystem, and global levels. Students will acquire an understanding of how the different levels of ecology are studied, how these levels relate to each other, and what properties are important at increasing levels of complexity. Additional topics include evolutionary ecology and contemporary environmental change and its consequences. Students will engage in techniques appropriate to ecological study and gain experience in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and the communication of results. This course meets a requirement for the Biology (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS-P degree. Lab requires field trips on and off campus which might include field trips on prescribed dates. Lecture 3 hours per week; lab 3 hours per week.
MnTC Goals: 3 , 10