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EVSP416 - General Ecology

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP416 Course ID: 4287 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an intensive treatment of the field of ecology. Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions among organisms and their environment, which explains the distribution and dynamics of organisms, their traits, and the effects that they have on the natural world. Students will learn that ecology is an integrative discipline that draws from various fields of biology (physiology, morphology, behavior, evolution) and natural sciences (e.g., geology and chemistry), as well as other disciplines (e.g., economics and social sciences). The focus of the course will be on identifying and recommending solutions to ecological problems, e.g., habitat destruction and fragmentation, biodiversity, global environmental change, desertification, acidification of the oceans, and others.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • LO-1 Summarize the conceptual foundations of the field of ecology.
  • LO-2 Assess the issues facing ecological systems in the U.S. and on the global scale.
  • LO-3 Explain the term conservation biology and the impact of humans on the landscape.
  • LO-4 Demonstrate how mathematical models are used to inform decision making in the field of ecology.
  • LO-5 Evaluate literature that examines ecological theories and practices.
  • LO-6 Analyze scientific data in terms of its real world application.
NameGrade %
Forum Discussion Boards 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Home Work 20.00 %
HW-A/Quiz 1 (Wk1) 5.00 %
HW-B/Quiz 2 (Wk2) 5.00 %
HW-C/Quiz 3 (Wk 5) 5.00 %
HW-D/Quiz 4 (Wk 6) 5.00 %
Midterm Assessment 15.00 %
Midterm Assessment 15.00 %
Microcosm Log 2.00 %
Weekly Logs/Tasks 2.00 %
Presentation 24.00 %
Final Presentation 24.00 %
Final Assessment 15.00 %
Final Assessment 15.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.