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Course Description

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This course will examine past and present human interactions with Nature from an ecological perspective. It investigates current global issues that require multi-disciplinary environmental analysis.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Define and recall many basic natural science terms and concepts;
  2. Evaluate scientific hypotheses, experiments, and claims related to the natural world; and
  3. Apply the knowledge gained in the course to make more informed decisions, refine opinions, and engage in societal debates related to science.

Course Topics

  • Academic Integrity
  • Science and the Scientific Method
  • Evolution and Natural Selection
  • Species and Speciation
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Nutrients, Metabolism and Human Diet
  • Photosynthesis and Global Warming
  • Evolution and Disease
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Population Ecology and Human Growth
  • Tragedy, Games, and Triumph

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): Students in the BAS, BSC and BSC (ENV) program cannot take this course for credit.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes (5%, 10%, 10%) 25% 1, 2
Participation 10% 3
Assignment 20%  
Take-Home Final Exam 45% 1, 2
Total 100%  


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Humans in the Natural World
January 09, 2023 to April 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) A Short Guide to Writing About Biology by Pechenik, JA © 2016 Pearson Education 9th edition ISBN 9780321984258
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Biology: Science for Life with Physiology by Colleen Belk & Virginia Borden Maier © 2019 Pearson Prentice Hall 6th edition ISBN 9780321984258
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Optional) Package - Biology: Science for Life with Physiology plus A Short Guide to Writing about Biology RVP ISBN 9780135687857
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