Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. have a basic scientific knowledge of the Natural History
2. understand general ecological subjects
3. obtain the necessary background for applied agricultural and environmental disciplines.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to the Science of Ecology - Ecology and Evolution - Ecosystems and communities - Terrestrial biomes - Energy and productivity in ecosystems - Food webs in ecosystems - Biogeochemical cycles - Glasshouse effect - Nutrient budgets and ecosystems - Adaptations of organisms to environment - Population growth and regulation - Demography - Intraspecific competition - Interspecific (biotic) interactions (competition, predation, mutualism, cooperation) - Homeostasis of the ecosystem - Development and evolution of the ecosystem (Succession).
Ecology, Ecosystem, Population, Community, Energy, Productivity, Biochemical cycle, Glasshouse effect.