Course description: This course will introduce you to the broad scientific discipline called Ecology. We will cover concepts spanning the range of this discipline; physiological, population, community and ecosystem ecology. Because ecology is one of the most holistic of the sciences you will be exposed to diverse approaches to understand patterns in the natural world including natural history, meteorology, chemistry, mathematics and experimentation. The lecture will incorporate both many taxonomic groups to aid in your understanding of Ecology. Prerequisites for this course are BIO 303 (Evolution) and BIO 304 (Genetic) or Instructor consent.
Main objectives: a) To introduce you to the concepts in four areas of ecology: physiological, population, community and ecosystem. b) To challenge you to think critically about the ideas presented and the experiments that support or fail to support these ideas. Understanding ecology requires one to understand underlying processes rather than simply learning facts. Some of these processes are described with simple mathematical models. Thus this course emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific process. Students will be encouraged to read outside material, to think carefully, logically and critically about ideas and to ask questions and defend their views. Clear writing is very important, and students are encouraged to seek help from the UK Writing Center or me if necessary. Also, students are encouraged to speak up in class and express their questions, opinions, and concerns.
BIO 430G Plant Physiology
Course description: The physiological processes of green plants and the effect of the environment on these processes. Prerequisites: BIO 148, 152, 155 (or equivalent); BIO 315 (or equivalent); CHE 230/231 (or equivalent)
Main objectives: In general, physiology seeks physical-chemical explanations for how living systems work. Students will become acquainted with plant structure-function relationships at a number of different levels of organization: cell, tissue, organ and organism.