This course will introduce students to the concepts and connections between evolution and ecology and includes an online lab component. Students will learn how populations evolve, including what factors are necessary for the process of evolution to occur, and how evolution accounts for both the diversity and similarity among all forms of life on Earth (with a focus on vertebrates). Students will use this information to understand the association between how life on Earth has evolved and how animal form (or structure) relates to function. Finally, by learning about the different types of environments on Earth, students will understand how organisms, populations, and communities, are affected by the dynamics of their surroundings (i.e., the ecosystem), and the importance of conserving the diverse forms of life of Earth.
For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I or its equivalent
How This Course Works
Courses are completely online: lectures, discussion boards, and even group projects.
You’ll be able to view course materials a full week before the class starts.
Once courses begin, assignments are due each week.
Complete labs virtually or in your own home.
Need help or have questions? In addition to instructor access, every student receives support from an advisor.