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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 461 - Community Ecology

Principles of the structure and function of ecological communities. Three hours lecture/discussion per week.

Prerequisite: BIOL 360.

Credits: (3)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Evaluate general patterns and processes of community structure and dynamics, including indicators of diversity, connectance, equilibrium, and succession


Short-answer questions, essays, Socratic discussion using examples.

Identify direct and indirect interactions among the species in a community


Diagrams and flow charts of community structure with direct and indirect interactions appropriately indicated

Compare and evaluate study design, methods, and data analysis techniques for community ecology research



Case studies focused on primary literature

Apply principles of community ecology toward solutions to ecological problems such as declining biodiversity, establishment of exotics, biological control


Problem-based scenario, reflection, and action plan.

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