Ecology is the study of organisms’ interactions with each other and the environment. In this senior level, introductory ecology course we will be studying ecology through the lens of environmental science. Topics we cover will include environmental systems, matter & energy, natural disasters, environmental policy, biodiversity, population dynamics, pollution, and natural and anthropogenic cycles. The course will also focus on the nature of science as a process of critical inquiry through which humans learn about the world around them. The course will use background knowledge from biology, chemistry, and physics.