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Forest Ecology - (FORS 330)

Credits: 3 | Offered: Autumn and Spring
Prerequisites: ECNS 245N; and BIOO 105N or BIOB 170N or BIOB 172 or BIOB 160N or FORS 240; and FORS 201 or STAT 216 or SOCI 202 or WILD 240 or PSYX 222
Co-requisites: Prereq. or Coreq., FOR 210N
Instructor(s): Andrew Larson

Who should take this course?

This course is required for all students in Forestry, Resource Conservation, and Recreation degree programs. It is also open to students from other colleges and departments that are interested in honing their skills in field ecology and natural history, and gaining a deeper understanding of the scientific foundation for forestry and conservation practices and issues relating to forest landscapes.

Why is this class important?

Ecology is the foundational field that helps explain the many complex relationships that govern the characteristics and responses of ecosystems to natural disturbances, human caused disturbances, and natural forces including geology, soils, climate, species interactions, and historical factors. Ecology helps explain the theory behind many of the management and conservation practices in natural resource fields.

What will I learn?

  • General principles and theories of ecology with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary ecosystem perspectives to help students develop a broader and more integrated view of ecosystems and their processes. This provides the theoretical foundation for disciplines such as silviculture and range management.
  • Enhance skills in conducting field studies, field observation and methods, analysis, data interpretation and presentation, learning how to integrate observations and theory, and share in the excitement of discovering new things in the field!
  • Integrate information from basic biology, soils, physical processes, earth history, and plant ecology as a conceptual foundation for students to better understand the scientific basis for current conservation practices, environmental issues and policy debates, such as biodiversity conservation, fire management, and global warming.


Students must have taken a general biology course (e.g. BIOL 120, or BIOL 108/109) and FORS 210 (Soils) or an equivalent natural science class.