|Course ID:||GEOG 3210. 3 hours. |
|Factors affecting plant and animal distributions at scales from organisms to biomes. Influence of ecological factors and human activity on distributions, historical biogeography, and patterns of earth's biomes.|
|Prerequisite:||GEOG 1111 or GEOG 1112 or GEOG 2110H|
|Offered fall and spring semester every year. |
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
Learning objectives for this course:
To gain a basic understanding of physical and biological processes that influence
vegetation and animal distributions at local and regional scales
To gain an appreciation of the basic patterns of biotic variation at a global scale
To develop an awareness of human influences on the biosphere
To gain the scientific background and critical thought skills necessary to evaluate
critical debates about societal issues that affect the biosphere
To learn to conduct research on a particular topic and present the findings both in
writing and verbally to an audience
This course meets the following General Education Abilities by accomplishing the
specific learning objectives listed below:
Communicate effectively through writing. This is met by a series of writing
assignments associated with supplemental reading and data analysis.
Communicate effectively through speech. This is met by oral presentations,
discussion leading, and classroom participation.
Computer Literacy is addressed through course administration, student-faculty
electronic interaction, and data analysis activities and assignments.
Critical Thinking is central to the learning objectives of this class, and is
developed through homework assignments, lecture, classroom discussion, and inquiry-
based learning efforts.
Moral Reasoning (Ethics) is an important element of this course, as it explores
linkages among the physical environment, hazards, human health and welfare, and
appropriate technologies. Moral reasoning is developed through lectures, writing
assignments, classroom discussion, and inquiry-based learning activities.
Basic Concept: Biological Organization
Tolerance Ranges and Niches
Genetic Variation and Natural Selection
Environmental Effects: Light and Photosynthesis
Temperature and Thermoregulation
Biotic Effects: Population models
Historical Biogeography: Dispersal and Distribution
Plate Tectonics and Glaciation
Earth’s Biomes: Rainforest and Savanna
Desert and Grassland
Forest and Tundra
Conservation Themes: Threatened and Endangered Species