Field of Study
Ecology is the study of the interactions of organisms within their environment that 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.
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, & Global Ecology; Biogeochemical Cycles; Biodiversity; Biomass & Distribution, and Conservation Ecology.
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 upon course lesson knowledge and global milestones in Ecology up through current events.
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 VA Board of Education has approved Biology II: Ecology as a course to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the following requirements:
- Biology I (required)
Course Texts and Materials