Intro to Ecology & Evolution


    This course covers basic principles in evolution and ecology at an introductory level. The evolution section is meant to provide an understanding of natural selection and evolutionary mechanisms, including current studies on human evolution and evolution of plant and animal domestication. The ecology section covers population ecology, community ecology, ecosystems, climate, biochemical cycling, global climate and conservation ecology.

Lecture Topics:

     The lecture schedule may be subject to change during the semester. Please check back periodically for updates.

Suggested Textbook:

     A textbook is NOT a requirement for this course. All tests will be based on lecture material and guest seminars. However, for those students interested in ecology and evolution, an excellent basic textbook is:

Thomas M. Smith & Robert L. Smith (2009) “ Elements of Ecology ”, 7 th Edition.
Pearson/Benjamin Cummings. [any older editions are fine]


In-lecture quizzes 100
Exam 1 120
Exam 2 120
Exam 3 120
Total 460*

* Lecture topics and grading scheme are subject to change by the instructor.

     There is NO extra credit in this course!!

SAS Core Curriculum:

     This course fulfills the SAS Core Curriculum for Natural Sciences goal e and f.