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Fall 2012

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BIO111 - Ecology
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Overview of the broad discipline of ecology, and introduces biological and physical components of the environment and the interactions between the two. Topics include basic ecology, meteorology, hydrology, environmental degradation, and resource management. Fall only. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: BIO 104 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher or high school Regents chemistry or Regents biology with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher. Must meet the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Students will identify the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement, data collection, experimentation and the evaluation of the data as documented by performance on a unit test and/or quiz.*
2. Distinguish among communities, ecosystems, and biomes.
3. Contrast primary and secondary succession in terms of species stability and productivity.
4. Compare and contrast the fundamental aspects of open and closed systems.
5. Describe the following major environmental factors: abiotic; biotic; climatic; edaphic.
6. Describe five of the world's major biomes.
7. Describe four major ecosystems found in North America.
8. Contrast renewable and nonrenewable resources in terms of exploitation, management, and sustainability.
9. Describe a minimum of five of the threats of environmental pollution and population growth to the planet's life-support capacity.
10. Conduct a service project with a minimum of 9 hours related to environmental education or conservation.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
The Biological Environment

I. Introduction

II. Basic Ecology: Communities, Ecosystems, and Biomes
A. Environmental factors
B. Disruption and Succession

III. Energy Pathways and Nutrient Cycles
A. Food chains and webs
B. Biogeochemical Cycles
C. Ecosystem import and export

IV. Biotic Relationships
A. Symbioses
B. Competition
C. Predation

V. Populations

The Physical Environment and Laws of Thermodynamic

VI. The Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate
A. Water and carbon cycles
B. Atmospheric circulation
C. Seasons

VII. Atmospheric Perturbations
A. Local
1. air pollution
2. acid precipitation
B. Global
1. el Nino
2. the ozone hole
3. global warming

The "Economic Environment"

VIII. Resources
A. Biotic
B Abiotic
C. Wastes

The Human Environmental Impact

IX. The Hydrosphere
A. Basic Hydrology
B. Water-based Resources
1. fisheries
a. freshwater
b. marine
2. resource management
a. dams and canals
b. watershed management
c. water pollution

X. Agriculture, Energy, and Mineral Resources
A. The human population
B. Food production
C. Traditional energy resources
D. Renewable energy resources
E. Ores and minerals

XI. Ecology of Health and Disease

XII. Biodiversity

XIII. Sustainability




Effective Term: Fall 2012