Fall 2022 - GEOG 215 D100

The Biosphere (3)

Class Number: 2883

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 111.



An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system.


This purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the Biosphere, including the living organisms of the Earth and their interactions with their environments that create the web of life on Earth. The main learning objectives are: to examine the biotic and abiotic factors that control the distribution and development of organisms; to understand the processes that produce these distribution patterns; to understand ecological concepts; to examine the influence of humans and industrial activities on the Biosphere, and how can we apply these concepts to conservation and stewardship of the natural world.

Course organization:

One two-hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory session each week.  There will be no labs held in the first week of classes.


  • Laboratory exercises 30%
  • Midterm examination 30%
  • Final examination 40%


The final examination will be scheduled in the formally-scheduled university examination period. 



On 4-hr reserve at Bennett Library:

Freedman, B. et al. 2016. Ecology: A Canadian Context. 2nd Edition. Publisher: Top Hat eText. eText ISBN: 9780176482008, 0176482008. (Available on VitalSource)


Any additional readings will be provided on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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