Virtual Virginia

4340 Biology II: Ecology

Field of Study

Ecology is the study of the interactions of organisms within their environment and extends biology concepts in complexity with a more in-depth understanding of how biodiversity affects life processes, the distribution of living organisms within the environment, and the movement of materials through living communities.

Material Covered

In this course, the student will build upon knowledge and skills from Biology I to explore the ecological levels of individual, population, species, community, and ecosystem. Topics include historical foundations; adaptations to the environment; population, community, and global ecology; biogeochemical cycles; biodiversity; biomass and distribution; and conservation ecology.

Student Expectations

Students are encouraged to share ideas, use the language of biology, discuss problem-solving techniques, and communicate effectively. Throughout the course, students participate in a project-based learning (PBL) activity based on course lesson knowledge and global milestones in ecology through current events.

Additional Information

How does ecology differ from environmental science? Ecology is a part of environmental science. Ecologists focus on how biodiversity affects life processes, the distribution of living organisms within the environment, and the movement of materials through living communities.

The Virginia Board of Education (VDOE) has approved Biology II: Ecology as a course to satisfy graduation requirements. Course content is aligned to the VDOE Science Content Guidelines for Biology II Ecology to address the individual, populations, communities, ecosystems, biomes, and global issues.

Prerequisites

  • Required: Successful completion of Biology I

Course Texts and Materials

Required

  • None. All course texts and materials are available in the online course environment.
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