25132 General Ecology

Course Description

This course investigates the factors that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms, including the nature of ecology, levels of organism, autotrophy and heterotrophy evolution of adaptations, behavior, niches, pollution growth and population regulation, competition, ecological relationships, pollutions, waste management, pesticides, ozone layer, biochemical cycles, fertilizers , compost , biogas and biodegradation. The course will introduce students of concepts using both plants and animals examples from scientific literature and model those concepts mathematically. Three class hours weekly; and field trips.

Learning Objective

  • Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:
  •  Describe the structure and function of ecological systems and explain how ecological systems work at different spatial and temporal scales.
  •  List abiotic and biotic factors that affect, the distribution, dispersal, and behavior of organisms.
  •  Identify factors that affect biological diversity and the functioning of ecological systems.
  •  Use an ecological vocabulary in arguments and explanations of ecological phenomena.
  •  Apply concepts and theories from biology to ecological examples.
  •  Analyze and interpret ecological information, research and data.



Books for this Course

  • Ecology :Principles and Applications , J.L Chapman and M.J Reiss,2nd edition

Times Offered

  • September
  • January

Course Prerequisite