BIOL 103: Environmental Biology

Self-paced Online

Environmental biology, also known as ecology, is the study of the ways that organisms interact with each other and with their environment. These interactions can be complicated, interesting, and (sometimes) seemingly bizarre. The bulk of this course covers basic environmental biology, but we will apply our understanding of environmental biology to several modern environmental problems.

Please note that this course includes four lab assignments. Review the “Other Requirements” section below carefully before enrolling to make sure you can complete these assignments.

Required Text:

  • Ricklefs and Relyea, Ecology: The Economy of Nature, 7th edition (2013), ISBN 978-1429249959

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Other Requirements

This course includes four lab assignments. Some of them will require you to visit a natural area nearby, whether it’s a public or private park, abandoned lot in your neighborhood, or your own property. You will need a few supplies for these labs, but you should be able to find the needed supplies around your home. You will also need to have a camera and the ability to upload photographs to your computer for these activities. Please review the requirements list below before enrolling to make sure you can complete these assignments.

Required Lab Supplies

View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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