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BMC 274 Ecosystems: Functions and Impacts

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Course Description

Functional ecosystems are the basis for our health, social, and economic wellbeing. This course focuses on current environmental issues and introduces fundamental knowledge about ecosystem functioning to better understand the underlying reasons for the challenges our growing world population is facing. Understanding ecosystem functioning and the factors limiting their development and resilience when disturbed by human activities is essential for their sustainable use and appropriate management.  In-class discussions and case studies will be used to directly apply learned concepts. This course includes a half-day field trip to an area near Calgary.


Formerly: Environmental Systems, Ecosystems: From Impact to Ethics  


Course Details

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Describe basic components of ecosystems and their ecological role;  
  • Recognize ecological constraints for different ecosystems in terms of their responsible utilization and sustainable management;  
  • Explain common principles of ecology; and  
  • Apply those principles to current environmental issues. 


Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


  BMC 274 - 017 Ecosystems: Functions and Impacts  
  Spring 2017   Status:  Available
Class:   Tue 6:00PM - 9:00PM
04 Apr 2017 to 30 May 2017
Number of Sessions: 9 Sessions
Hours: 30.00
Course Fees:   Flat Fee non-credit    $550.00
Potential Price Adjustments:
Campus: Downtown
Delivery Options:  Class
Instructor(s): Steffen Spoelstra
  Reading List / Textbook:  

Required Textbook

Title: Living in the Environment

Edition: 3rd

Authors: G. Tyler Miller and Dave Hackett

Publisher: Nelson Education Ltd.


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  Section Notes:  

There is a field trip. The date chosen is weather dependent. More details will be discussed in the class. April 22 or April 29

If your desired course section is full, please check if another section is available for registration or add your name to the waitlist as sections are often added based on demand.


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