Introduction to Ecology


  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Biological Sciences program with a plan of Renewable Resources or Environmental Sciences.
  • Course Equivalencies: ECOL1235
  • Open Studies: Not Available
  • Credits: 3.00

The course will provide an overview of the principles, composition, structure, and function of populations, communities and ecosystems with a focus on western Canada. A fundamental treatment of ecological principles emphasizing the ecosystem concept, natural selection and speciation, nutrient cycles relating to environmental sampling, energy relationships, limiting factors, population dynamics, and community ecology will be examined. The laboratory component includes practical studies of local ecosystems and population dynamics. The lab will also introduce small mammal handling, sampling location descriptions and the students will practice classifying various Alberta Ecosites.

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