Ecology

Courses

ECOL-100 Introduction to the Science of Ecology

An introduction to ecology and its relationships with other disciplines of science. Emphasizes analysis of current problems in the ecological sciences, particularly as they relate to decisions that students will have to make as citizens of a scientific/technological society.

ECOL-113 Geology and the Environment

Fundamental concepts and principles of geology and the processes and materials that interact at the surface of the Earth. The course includes rocks and minerals, plate tectonic interactions, weathering and erosion, the cycling of materials through different environments, and how we use these resources. Same as EENV-113.

ECOL-201 Ecosystems

Ecosystem ecology addresses the interactions between organisms and their environment as an integrated system. The physical setting for an ecosystem, the climate, geology, and soils interact with water, nutrients and energy to control the organisms that thrive there. Prerequisite: EENV-113 or permission of the instructor.

ECOL-202 Systematic Biology

Systematic Biology is designed to introduce students to representatives of the kingdoms of life (e.g. prokaryotes, eukaryotic protists, fungi, animals and plants) in an evolutionary framework through an integrated lecture-laboratory experience. Using multiple methods, including light and electron microscopic examinations, students will have the opportunity to observe structures and other characters that bring diversity to all kingdoms of life. Students will use appropriate mathematical methods to model and infer evolutionary relationships between living organisms by molecular phylogenetics. Drawing on experiences in previous courses of the introductory sequence, students will explain the observations and results from the levels of molecules to ecosystems. These observations results, and explanations will provide the basis for journal-style writing projects. Same as BIOL-202. Prerequisite: BIOL-201 or ECOL-201 or permission of the instructor.

ECOL-380 Wetlands Analysis

Wetlands are complex environments that are controlled by chemical, biological and physical interactions. The course explores the structure, function, management, and jurisdictional delineation of non-tidal freshwater wetlands. Lecture material covers the history of wetlands use/abuse, current definitions, and analysis of the common indicators of wetland function; hydrology, soils and vegetation. The laboratory consists of plant identification, techniques for hydric soil analysis, identification of wetland hydrology indicators using current methodologies for delineation of jurisdictional wetlands. Same as EENV-380. Prerequisite: CHEM-101-102, CHEM-103-104, or CHEM-111-112.

ECOL-501 Independent Study

ECOL-510 Student Research I

Introduces students to methods and techniques of ecological research in the context of a collaborative research project. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

ECOL-511 Student Research II

Collaborative research with an emphasis on presentation of data and explanation of results. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.



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