Access to Ecology online requires a University of Idaho NetID and password. This internet course site was designed for use with MS Internet Explorer 9 or higher: The interactive study lessons will not run properly with other browsers. There are several aspects that must be set correctly in order for the material to work properly. Set your internet browser for the following:
  Maximize your browser (use F11 to maximize window)
Turn off or minimize the text and icon items of your browser menu
Disable all pop-up blockers
Carefully review the Instructions and Tips sections for additional computer system issues
This internet course site uses electronic documents, digitized sound and video, and interactive study lessons. Thus, the following plug-in modules are required. Some Internet functions involve DHTML coding and require at least version 9 of Internet Explorer.
  Internet Explorer Windows Media Player 12
  Acrobat Reader


Sun Microsystems JAVA


Required computer system configuration

  Computer system
Required settings
Computer type and memory Windows 10 (*see browser information below), 8, and 7 | at least 4 Gb RAM | Apple OS computers are not supported (other options)
Monitor size 17" (15" only if high resolution as indicated below). A LCD flat panel of 15" or larger is suitable if set at least to the resolution listed below.
Desktop settings Minimum resolution and color depth: 1280 X 768 | 65,000 (16-bit)
Small fonts or Normal size (96 dpi) | Do not use the desktop setting of "Large fonts"
Network and Internet access Broadband Internet service required (T1 cable, wireless Internet, DSL line, or cable MODEM).
Internet browser Tutorial on setting up your Internet Explorer browser

Internet Explorer 9 or higher

Note on Windows 10. The default browser for Windows 10 is Edge, which is not compatible with the interactive lessons. On the Edge menu ( the "..." icon), select the option to open the interactive lessons in Internet Explorer.

(The interactive lessons will not run properly with other browsers). You must have a current version of JAVA installed on your computer: Sun JAVA engine.

Note. See Tips section for additional assistance on the correct settings for Internet Explorer.


Interactive lessons & pop-up blockers Disable all pop-up blockers for:,, and
Assessments The mid-term and final examinations must be completed in MS Word
Multimedia Windows Media Player 12, sound card and speakers