The University of St. Thomas

Biology of Sustainability
Title:Biology of Sustainability
Course Number:209
College:College of Arts & Sciences
Instructor:Kay, Adam D
Time:0935 - 1040
Location:O'Shaughnessy Science Hall St Paul
Room:OSS LL18
Credit Hours Start Date End Date Days Available Enrollment Maximum
4 09/03 12/19 M  -  W   -  F 24 0 24
Course Description:
Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208