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 SCI 233 - Ecology and Evolution


Ecology is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of organisms and the interactions that determine distribution and abundance. Over the past decades, ecology has grown from an obscure science into a position at the forefront of public and political consciousness. Applied ecology has become an important scientific tool to address important political and environmental issues. 

Ecology is generally divided into 3 levels: the individual organism, the population (consisting of individuals of the same species) and the community, in which several species are living together. In addition, ecology focuses on the relationship between living creatures and their chemical and physical surroundings, which together make up an ecosystem. 

Ecology is a complex science. It draws on many areas of knowledge such as organic and inorganic chemistry, plant and animal biology, physiology, meteorology, and even economics. This course focuses on the basic principles of ecology, from individuals to ecosystems. We then proceed to environmental conditions and resources, and the 4 levels of ecology: individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Two weeks will be spend on ecological modelling, as an important tool for understanding and predicting ecological systems. We will conclude with some actual cases of applied ecology. 

Evolution is considered the central unifying theory in biology. Many aspects of ecology can only be explained using the theory of evolution. In this course, evolution is covered by two chapters in the course textbook, and by reading "the selfish gene" by Richard Dawkins. In addition, the students will give a presentation about an important principle in evolution. 


Dr. Inez Flameling


Environmental Science 


The following course is required in order to take this course:

  • SCI 133 General Biology

Req​uired for

This course is required in order to take the following course: 

  • SCI 333 Advanced Ecology
  • SCI 334 Marine Biology