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BioCore: SU: Ecology and Evolution

BCOR 102 A (CRN: 90329)

4 Credit Hours

About BCOR 102 A

Ecosystem and community structure, population growth, species interactions and niche dynamics, population and chromosomal genetics, speciation in fossil records, ecology of animal behavior, applied ecology. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002, or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012, or BCOR 021; MATH 019 or MATH 021.


Prereqs enforced by the system: BIOL 001 & 002, or BCOR 011 & 012, or BCOR 21 and MATH 019 or MATH 021; Must register for a BCOR 102 lab; Open to degree and Post Bac Pre Med and CDE students; ASCI, BICM, BIOL, BISC, ENSC, MGEN, MICR, NEUR, PBIO, ZOOL, NDEG majors

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Section Description

This is a lecture and laboratory course that is required for Biology majors and several other science majors on campus. Lectures emphasize mathematical models of population growth and changes in allelic frequency. Lab exercises introduce students to modern statistical principles of data analysis using the programming language R.

Section Expectation

Attendance at all lectures. Lectures rely on the chalkboard, not on powerpoints or class notes. Attendance at all weekly lab meetings. It is rarely possible for students to make up missed lab exercises. Active participation in lectures through the asking of thoughtful questions. Full adherence to UVM’s policy on academic honesty and plagiarism.


The course grade is based on the total points accumulated from 4 midterm exams (the lowest score of the 4 is dropped), the final exam (which is cumulative and cannot be dropped), and numerous lab quizzes and lab reports that are due each week in the laboratory section. Exams require students to solve quantitative problems, write short essays, define vocabulary terms, and evaluate data. The course covers a lot of quantitative material, and students need to keep up with assignments and lecture content. Students who miss class, neglect laboratory assignments, and try to study by cramming before exams often end up failing. Students who do not have the pre-requisite courses in Biology and Calculus should not take this course.




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