Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
OverviewTopics covered include: Soil ecology and the role of microbes in nutrient cycling; The interaction of climate and soil in the formation of the 10 principal global biomes; Vegetation change through succession: patterns, mechanisms and examples from Bogs and Sand Dunes; Lotka-Volterra modeling of organism and population interactions; Intra-specific competition within species; Inter-specific competition between species; Predatory-Prey relationships; Density-dependent and Density-Independent selection mechanisms; Gradients and patterns of global species diversity. Along with a lab-based practical component there will be a weekend field course to introduce field observation of ecological processes.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.