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Course Description

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This course explores the roles of naturally occurring chemicals in the inter-relationships of organisms, and the historical and current uses of natural chemicals by humans for agricultural and medicinal purposes.
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. Recognize the origin of the many chemicals that you use in your daily lives;
  2. Recognize how and why natural chemicals have come to play important roles in human life;
  3. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills;
  4. Recognize and explain the ecological roles of natural chemicals;
  5. Describe and assess the application of natural chemicals in agriculture and medicine;
  6. Explain the pharmacological basis of the effects of certain natural chemicals;
  7. Analyze and debate issues concerning the use of natural chemicals; and
  8. Construct arguments relating natural chemicals to conservation issues.

Course Topics

  • Chemicals in the natural world
  • Agricultural uses of natural chemicals
  • Clinical uses of natural chemicals
  • From forest to pharmacy

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)
Equate(s): ENVB*3040


Assessment Item Weight
Literature Assignment 7.5%
Weekly Section Quizzes (10 x 1.5%) (11 quizzes; lowest mark deleted) 15%
Unit Quizzes (3 x 2.5% ) (4 quizzes, lowest mark deleted) 7.5%
Group Debate Assignments (2 x 20%) 40%
Take-Home Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


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