This course provides the fundamental principles of ecology and evolution. Students will focus on populations and communities, adaptation, and other factors that affect organisms.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
The Basics of Ecology
- Define ecology.
- Explain how ecologists gather data to test hypotheses and interpret results.
- Describe the history and the role of evolution and natural selection in ecology.
Environmental Adaptations: Resources and Competition
- Analyze plant and animal adaptations in response to their specific environment.
- Explain how intraspecific competition affects species’ access to and attainment of resources.
- Explain how interspecific competition affects species’ access to and attainment of resources.
- Identify characteristics that make a population unique.
- Analyze patterns of population growth.
- Explain the importance of life history in relation to populations.
- Explain how ecosystems influence species and their evolution.
- Identify characteristics within a species that affects the species richness in a community.
- Analyze factors that influence the structure of a community.
The Human Impact
- Analyze how human population growth affects an ecosystem.
- Examine the causes of habitat degradation.
- Assess the influence of conservation on biodiversity.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- BIO/101 – Principles of Biology OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of Biology
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