Fall 2023 - GEOG 215 D100
The Biosphere (3)
Class Number: 3618
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 9, 2023
Sat, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Office: Office RCB 6139
Office Hours: TBD
An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system.
This course provides students with an introduction to the biosphere, including the living organisms of the Earth and the environments with which they interact. 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; and to examine the influence of humans on the biosphere.
Note: There will be no labs in the first week of class
- Laboratory exercises 30%
- Midterm examination 30%
- Final examination 40%
Freedman, B. et al. 2016. Ecology: A Canadian Context. 2nd Edition. Publisher: Top Hat eText. eText ISBN: 9780176482008, 0176482008. (Available on VitalSource)
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