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Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 220M (GN) Honors Biology: Populations and Communities (4) Honors study of the major physical, chemical, and biological factors constituting environment and their dynamic interaction with organisms forming ecosystems.

BIOL 220M Honors Biology: Populations and Communities (4)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

BIOL 220M is an introductory course in ecology. It introduces students to the fundamental ecological principles, concepts, patterns, and processes regarding populations, communities, and ecosystems. This course provides students with a foundation of ecological science, as well demonstrating linkages between ecology, population genetics, and evolution.

The course objectives are the same as those described in the parent course proposal and are to provide students with a fundamental understanding of: 1) genetic processes within populations of living things; 2) evolutionary processes involved in speciation; 3) dynamic interactions of organisms within and among populations, especially pertaining to energy cycles, various biogeochemical cycles, predator-prey interactions, and the like, and; 4) distribution patterns of living organisms and the need to conserve the resources of the earth.

Evaluation methods in the lecture part of the course include two to three "mid-term" exams and a comprehensive final exam. Evaluation methods in the lab portion of the course include in-class quizzes, one or more formal lab reports on experiments or data analysis conducted in lab sessions, and short write-ups of existing data sets or relevant ecological issues. Points earned on lecture exams comprise between 65-75% of the total points, whereas points earned in lab comprise about 25-35% of the total points earned in the course.

The Honor's version of the course will differ in a number of ways from the parent BIOL 220W course. First, there are more opportunities to discuss current applications of the information. In addition, a unique project (either in lab and/or lecture) will allow students to explore a specific area of the course in more detail (e.g., students can select a species or specific habitat and develop a plan for its restoration). Where appropriate, students will be exposed to current research in specific areas. The evaluation for the course will be modified from that of the parent course in accordance with the changes in assignments.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: BIOL 110

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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