BIOL 1113 N2

Organisms and Their Environment 1

An introduction to ecology and classical genetics, with an emphasis on understanding the scientific method (3h lab).

IMPORTANT NOTE: BIOL 1113 has a 3-hour lab requirement which is not delivered online. You will be required to register in an on-campus section of the lab at Acadia (only delivered during the FALL term), or provide proof that the lab has been successfully completed elsewhere. Permission may be obtained for you to participate in an Acadia BIOL 1113 lab by contacting the Head of the Biology Department. Once permission has been obtained the Biology Department will notify Open Acadia, and your registration will be finalized. If you have completed the lab at another institution, you will be required to provide a syllabus for the lab, and a transcript that contains your lab mark.

Instructor: Eric Alcorn
Prerequisites:
None
Antirequisite: Credit cannot be obtained for both BIOL 1113/1123 and BIOL 1813/1823. Major credit cannot be obtained for BIOL 1113/1123 and BIOL 1813/1823 or BIOL 1853/1863. However, students who have taken BIOL 1813/1823 or BIOL 1853/1863, are subsequently transferring to the Biology major may use either BIOL 1813/1823 or BIOL 1853/1863 as science electives.
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace


Unlike many introductory biology courses, Dr. Eric Alcorn's course is not an overwhelming explanation of every element of biology. Instead, you'll focus on two of the three foundations of modern biology thought: ecology and genetics. 

Topics include:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Biospheres and Biomes
  • Ecosystems
  • Ecology
  • Mendelian Genetics
  • Cell Cycles

Through this course, you'll learn about ecology and genetics topics, the use of the scientific method, and the basic field skills required for field and lab biology. Your studies will include an Environmental Reflection project, and the course is supported by a custom textbook.