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BIOL2010 – General Ecology pdf

Credits: 4 (3/1/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Areas 3 and 10. This course provides a study of the structure and function of ecological systems, including an application of ecological principles to local and global environmental issues. Topics covered include energy flow, nutrient cycling, organization, ecological succession, population dynamics (including the ecology of species interactions and factors that influence and regulate population numbers) and linkages among species and ecosystem functions. Lecture is accompanied by laboratory and field exercises.
Prerequisites: Completion of MATH 1020 or placement into MATH 1114 AND BIOL1122 AND BIOL1123
Corequisites: (None)
Competencies:
  1. Relate basic principles of scientific reasoning to ecological phenomena.
  2. Explain ecological concepts at the population, community and ecosystem levels, including how these concepts are interrelated.
  3. Outline historical and current ecological topics of interest.
  4. Predict potential consequences resulting from disturbances to natural environments.
  5. Explain the impact of human activities on ecological systems.
  6. Examine modern methods used in ecological research, including field and laboratory sampling methods.
  7. Analyze and interpret ecological processes using modern computer modeling methods.
  8. Examine ecological relationships and principles using the scientific method.
  9. Construct and test hypotheses, including collecting experimental data and analyzing and interpreting results.
  10. Communicate ecological research results in oral and/or written form.
  11. Interpret basic ecological publications, including the interpretation of graphs, tables and basic statistical analyses.
  12. Explore local ecology and ecological issues.
MnTC goal areas:
  • (3) Natural Sciences
  • (10) People and the Environment

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