BIO3800EN - Biocomplexity & Systems Ecology

Course description

This course Is an interdisciplinary approach to ecology, a subset of Earth system science, that takes a holistic approach to the study of ecological systems, especially ecosystems and the biocomplexity involved. Systems ecology can be seen as an application of general systems theory to ecology. Central to the systems ecology approach is the idea that an ecosystem is a complex system exhibiting emergent properties. Systems ecology focuses on interactions and transactions within and between biological and ecological systems, and is especially concerned with the way the functioning of ecosystems can be influenced by human interventions.

How this course benefits students

This course will challenge the students understanding on the complexity of ecological systems in a biological setting. The roles species play in a ecosystems.

Why this course is important

The diversity of subjects presented in this course will significantly contribute to the overall understanding of theory and interactions involved in biocoplex systems

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Biological Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Kris Thoemke, Professor of Marine and Marshland Ecology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

God created the heavens and the earth.

Missionally driven

Students will be challenged to learn the biocomplexity of ecological systems

Contextually informed

The entire course will deal with the issue of how to contextualize the biocomplexity of ecological systems

Interculturally focused

Students from any and every culture will be exploring and evaluating their own contexts for Biocomplexity systems

Practically minded

Students will leave the course will the ability to interpret biocomplexity systems in ecology

Experientially transformed

The course will engage each students in the capcity to better understand the relationship, interaction, synergism and antagonist approaches to these concepts.