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Viewing: BISC 2454 : General Ecology

Last approved: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:02:59 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences (BISC)
General Ecology
General Ecology
Fall 2017
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BISC 1115 and 1125; and BISC 1116 and BISC 1126; or permission of the instructor


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The core concepts of the field of ecology across different hierarchical scales of ecological systems.
The overarching learning outcome is to be able to identify, investigate, and understand the interactions between organisms and the natural world. Specific goals include the following: • Recognize the components, interactions, and processes of ecological systems at different scales. • Explain how organisms are adapted to their physical and biological environment. • Describe patterns of population growth and geographical spread, both qualitatively and quantitatively. • Identify different classes of community-level interactions among organisms, and explain how these interactions might influence species coexistence. • Calculate basic biodiversity metrics and interpret differences in biodiversity patterns among locations. • Understand how local ecological interactions integrate with ecosystem-level and global processes. • Be able to critically evaluate claims about ecological processes and data in the news.

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CCAS - GCR: Natural Sciences
Sustainability Track A

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