Sign Up for Email Updates

Course Description

View down hill looking at blue lakes surrounded by mountains

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

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrolment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrolment opens.

Required fields are indicated by .