In the sciences, discovery is often preceded by a line of inquiry known as the scientific method. This includes observation, hypothesis generation, experimental design, data analysis and hypothesis acceptance or rejection. Community members often observe problems that they hope research can help address, thereby participating in the scientific method by introducing the problem.
Ecology (2335) is a traditional course where students work on applied problems, including those associated with climate change, invasive species, overexploitation etc. The focus is on the ecological concepts, looking at either sustainability or community, with reference to the other, through units, labs, assignments, and activities.