Online Class: Ecology 101

This general ecology course will provide a solid foundation on fundamental ecology topics, which many students require for future studies in various fields

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Course Description

Unlocking Earth's Secrets: Dive Deep into the World of Ecology

In our rapidly changing world, understanding ecology is not just beneficial – it's imperative. Ecology, at its essence, unravels the intricate tapestry of relationships binding living organisms and their environment. It doesn't merely trace the threads connecting flora, fauna, and the world they inhabit; it reveals how these ties shape our planet's destiny.

Why is this knowledge crucial? It arms us with insights to harness Earth's bounties judiciously, ensuring we bequeath a thriving habitat for the generations to come.

The canvas of ecology is as vast and varied as life itself. It spans from the microscopic bacteria flourishing in freshwater lakes to the majestic wildlife braving the Arctic's icy breath. But, grasping the magnitude of these ever-shifting dynamics can be a daunting endeavor. That's where our course steps in.

Your Journey with Us:

Our meticulously crafted ecology course offers you a robust grounding in core ecological principles, paving the way for deeper explorations in diverse scientific terrains. Here's a sneak peek at the themes awaiting your discovery:

  • The Dance of Life: Ecology and Evolution
  • Nuances of Evolution: Evolutionary Ecology
  • The Complex Web: Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Earth's Rich Tapestry: Biodiversity and Mass Extinctions
  • A World of Species: From Jungles to Deserts
  • Biogeography and the Digital Mapping Revolution: Geographical Information Systems
  • Pioneering Perspectives: Landscape, Population, Community, Physiological, Ecosystem, Systems, Plant, Animal, and Human Ecology
  • Guardians of the Earth: Natural Resource Management

Each module is designed to both enlighten and challenge, nurturing your curiosity while honing your analytical skills.

Embark on this transformative journey with us, and emerge with a profound appreciation of our world's intricate beauty and the tools to safeguard its future. Join us, and let's together shape a more informed, responsible, and sustainable tomorrow.

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Course Motivation

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Ecology

This first lesson will introduce the study of Ecology and begin to touch on major theories about our environment that have evolved over time. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Ecology; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Ecology Basics

This lesson will provide a list of important ecological terms and processes that will serve as a vital foundation for the subsequent chapters. Additional lesson topics: Ecology Glossary; More Ecology Terms 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Ecology and Evolution

This lesson will explore the connection between Ecology and evolution. Ecology and evolution are intrinsically connected because an organism's environmental surroundings affect and direct its evolution. 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Evolutionary Ecology

This lesson will break down and examine the influences that scientist' study in Evolutionary Ecology. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations

In addition to studying the influences of physical environment, ecology also encompasses the interaction between different organisms. Additional lesson topics: Ecosystems 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants and animals on earth. Additional lesson topics: Genetic Diversity 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Mass Extinctions

Species go extinct because of natural shifts in the environment that take place over very long periods of time, such as ice ages. Additional lesson topics: Mass Extinctions; Extinctions 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Extinctions
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The World's Species

Scientists have no accurate way of determining exactly how many species have lived and gone extinct in the Earth's history. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Biogeography

Biogeography studies the geographic distribution of past and present species and how the physical environment affects where species live. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Ecosystems
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Geographical Information Systems

Researchers often use technologies such as remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to better understand the factors affecting current distribution as well as to suggest future trends in organism distribution. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Landscape Ecology

The changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems, identified by biogeographical research can be applied to an assortment of conservation disciplines. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Population Ecology

The term population can be defined and interpreted differently, depending on the scientific discipline doing the defining. Additional lesson topics: Population Ecology 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Community Ecology

Species can have a direct and an indirect effect on other species in a community. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Physiological Ecology

Physiological ecology studies the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and the organisms' adaptations to that environment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Ecosystem Ecology

An ecosystem includes all the organisms in a given area and the abiotic elements that affect them including sunlight, temperature, soil quality, and nutrients. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Systems Ecology

Systems ecology attempts to clarify the structure and function of ecosystems through the use of applied mathematics, mathematical models, and computer programs. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Plant Ecology

Plant ecologists study the distribution and abundance of plants, the interactions between the members of plant species, and plants' interactions with their environment. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Animal Ecology

Animal ecology adds the element of looking at how animals interact with one another. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Human Ecology

Human ecology studies the relationships between people and their environment. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Environmentally Friendly
  • Assessment: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: Natural Resource Management

If we destroy enough ecosystems, human life will not be sustainable so it is imperative to our species to effectively manage our planet's resources. 104 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What do you think about this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 20 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Ecology Basics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Biodiversity
  • Mass Extinctions
  • The World's Species
  • Biogeography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Ecology 101
Course Number: 7550579
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,370 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "Again, wonderful course, very interesting, covered a lot of subject matter, and I learned a lot. Thank you!" -- Kathleen S.
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