This course is designed to give non-science majors an opportunity to learn about the interactions between the physical and biological components of the environment. The lecture will provide a broad introduction to the organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels of ecological interaction. Instructional methods include readings, lecture/discussion, in-class applications, field observations and field research. The lab portion of this course will provide students with practical experience in ecological methods and in the design, conduct and analysis of ecological studies. Laboratory exercises are designed to correspond with major lecture topics. Exercises include laboratory and field studies; student should come prepared to be outside for most labs. (Prerequisites: high school biology with lab or BIOL 100C with a grade of “C” or higher and high school chemistry with lab or CHEM 100C with a grade of “C” or higher and high school algebra I or MATH 092C with a grade of “C” or higher)