Basic principles of ecology with an emphasis on the factors affecting the distribution and abundance of organisms. Cross-listed as ENVS 320. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 112 or ENVS 115, and C or better in BIOL/ENVS 222.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
C or better in BIOL 112 or ENVS 115, and C or better in BIOL/ENVS 222.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.
Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance
By Krebs. C.J. (Benjamin Cummings) Recommended
Ecology and Field Biology
By Smith, R.L. and T.M. Smith (Benjamin Cummings) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the relationship between ecology and evolution.
Outline the factors that limit the distribution of organisms.
Demonstrate demographic techniques for analyzing populations.
Describe how species interact through competition and predation.
Illustrate how communities are structured and how they change over time.
Explain the basics of ecosystem structure and function including nutrient cycling.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Evolution and ecology
The Physical environment
Climate, light, soils
Plant adaptations to the environment
Animal adaptations to the environment
Intraspecific population ecology
Life history patterns
Interspecific population ecology
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.