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Ecology
ECOLOGY
CLASS CODE: BIO 302 CREDITS:  4 FEE:  $50.00
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Biological Science requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Interrelationships between plants and animals characteristics of aquatic, mountain, and deserts ecosystems with emphasis on structure and function. (Winter, 2nd Summer, Fall)
DESCRIPTION: Ecology is designed primarily for the student interested in majoring in Biology. The course considers the interrelationships between plant and animal characteristics of aquatic, mountain, desert, and grassland ecosystems with emphasis on structure and function. The course consists of three lectures per week and three to four hours of field trip or lab experience per week.
TOPICS: World Climate and Distribution of Natural Communities
Ecosystem Structure
Ecosystem Function
Classification of Terrestrial Systems
The Biomes and their structure
Succession
Energy Exchange
Biogeochemical Cycles
Community Stratification
Community Periodism
Interspecific Relationships within a Community
Population Ecology
OBJECTIVES: To provide students with a good understanding of basic ecological concepts through in-class lectures, extensive weekly field trips, and student research corresponding with labs.
REQUIREMENTS: Essay tests, weekly papers, one 15 page semester paper.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002