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Last approved: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:50:09 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:50:09 GMT

Formerly Known As: BIO 360


Change Type
Major
AEC (Applied Ecology)
360
002040
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
PB
Ecology
Ecology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Applied Ecology (11AE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
4
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Laboratory3.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. Nick Haddad
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture180180NoThese numbers are based on the enrollment cap for the course
Laboratory18024YesThese numbers are based on the enrollment cap for the course. There are 8 laboratory sections
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 181
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17BIOSCBSEECBiological Sciences Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation BiologyRequired
17ZOOBSBiological Sciences ZoologyRequired
11AECMApplied Ecology MinorRequired
17BIOSCBABiological Sciences BAElective
17BIOSCBSBiological Sciences BSElective
17BIOSCBSHBBiological Sciences Human BiologyElective
17BIOSCBSIPNBiological Sciences Integrative Physiology and NeurobiologyElective
17BIOSCBSMCBBiological Sciences Molecular Cell and DevelopmentElective
11AGECMAgroecology MinorRequired
11ENMEntomology MinorElective
24EVMEnvironmental Sciences MinorElective
11PBMPlant Biology MinorElective
17MARSCBIOMarine SciencesRequired
17NATREMCMarine & Coastal ResourcesRequired
11BEBEEEnvironmental EngineeringElective
The science of ecology, including factors which control distribution and population dynamics of organisms, structure and function of biological communities, and energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems; contrasts among the major biomes; and principles governing ecological responses to global climatic and other environmental changes.

The changes to the course are only the prefix. There are no changes to the catalog description.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
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Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
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Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
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Additional Information
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesJane LubischerThe Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) supports the change in prefix of BIO 360 to AEC 360. Because this is a large course with an associated lab, it is important for us to have a clear understanding of how support for the course will be handled.

If our lab support technician (Colleen) will continue to support the course, we would expect ETF support to continue to be handled through the DBS.

It sounds like TA positions have been discussed. I know there was also an agreement in place with Plant and Microbial Biology (because they teach PB 360) regarding TAs and assume that was also taken into consideration. Scott Laster has been overseeing TA assignments for us.
No new resources

The principle objective of this course is to examine biological processes at the level of whole organisms and higher (populations, communities, and ecosystems). By the end of the course, the student should be able to answer, or understand the debate encompassing the following key questions:


1. Why are some plants and animals common while others are rare/


2. What factors determine the number of plants or animals within a population?


3. What limits the local, continental, and global distribution of living things?


4. Why are there so many different living things on earth? Why aren't there more?


5. How do ecosystems work?


6. How does evolution affect the structure of populations?


7. What roles do natural ecosystems play in the maintenance of human populations? What roles do humans play in the functioning of natural ecosystems?


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize & Describe the evolutionary mechanisms that impact the genetics of populations

  • Describe & Discuss the genetic and genomic characteristics of impacted populations of plants & animals

  • Practice quantitative principles in ecology, and write about ecology in the structure of the scientific method

  • Apply graphical, quantitative, and first principles to explain ecological phenomena

  • Analyze case study population and community responses to environment

  • Demonstrate acquired skills in data analysis, writing & oral presentations

  • Learning outcome for Students: Fluency in ecological principles at all levels of ecological organization, preparing students for more advanced undergraduate levels of training.  For students with other interests in biology, this course completes their broader understanding.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam45%top 3 scores at 15% each
Final Exam22%There is one final exam
Other8%These are problem sets, 4 at 2% each.
Lab assignments25%Participation and graded assignments
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Structuring Principles1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Predator-prey relationship1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Physiological ecology1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Plant and animal distributions1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
The carbon cycle and global climate change1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
How are ecological communities (biomes) distributed?1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Evolutionary ecology1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Life histories1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Sex, behavior, and evolution 1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Social behavior1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Dispersal and behavior migration1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Population size and growth1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Population demography1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Human population growth1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Population regulation and dynamics1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Maximum sustainable yield in fisheries1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Genetics of small populations1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Extinction and conservation 1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Spatial ecology and conservation biology1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
The ecology, evolution, and behavior of disease1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Biological control of pests1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Predator-prey interactions1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Competition2 classesPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Mutualism and coevolution1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Speciation1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Human biological and cultural evolution1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Food webs and community structure1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Patterns of biodiversity1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
The rarest butterflies in the world; primate conservation1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Habitat loss and biodiversity1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Landscape ecology1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Succession and disturbance1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Invasion by non-native species1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Ecosystem production and decomposition1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Biodiversity and ecosystem function1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
The nitrogen cycle and impacts of pollution1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
Environmental factors and the spread of human civilization1 classPlease refer to detailed syllabus
This is a minor action to have the prefix changed from Bio 360 to AEC 360 as the faculty member who has taught this class for over 10 years has moved from the Biological Sciences Department to the Applied Ecology Department.
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