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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

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Natural Chemicals in the Environment
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
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) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
Section Notes

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