Overall Course Goals

• To provide an overview of the field of ecology and of population biology.

• To provide details of the major principles of ecology

• To develop an understanding of the issues, complexities, challenges, and value of ecology in understanding natural systems and human’s relationship to natural systems.

• To enhance academic skills in analyzing and synthesizing information, and for assessing truth in words and assertions written and said.

• To illustrate the value of science as a means to assess the impact of changes to natural ecosystems, and to assess the impacts on rare and endangered species of human changes to ecosystems.