Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Landscape Ecology

 Title Abbreviation:   LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    320

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    16B

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

The science and art of studying and influencing the relationships between spatial pattern and ecological processes across different spatio- temporal scales and levels of biological organization.


Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of landscape scales.
  2. Quantify landscape patterns.
  3. Learn that landscape ecology is a multi-disciplinary subject including economics and sociology, the earth sciences and geography.
  4. Construct computer models in landscape ecology.
  5. Critically work with ecosystem processes in a landscape.
  6. Understand and quantify how organisms utilize landscape patterns.
  7. Evaluate underlying processes responsible for landscape patterns.
  8. Define landscape ecology.
  9. Quantify human fragmentation of landscapes at different spatial and temporal scales.
  10. Quantify metapopulations in fragmented landscapes.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to landscape ecology.
  2. Critical concept of scale.
  3. Introduction to models.
  4. Causes of landscape pattern.
  5. Quantifying landscape pattern.
  6. Neutral landscape models.
  7. Landscape disturbance dynamics.
  8. Organisms and landscape pattern.
  9. Ecosystem processes in the landscape.
  10. Applied landscape ecology.
  11. Metapopulations in fragmented landscapes.