BIO4830EN - Biogeography

Course description

This course examines the biogeochemical processes that govern element cycles of the Earth, including those impacting the carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur cycles, and their influence on global ecological systems. Emphasis is placed on the key interactions of element cycles and their relevance to ecological processes.

How this course benefits students

This course exposes students to biogeochemistry concepts and processes that impact communities and ecosystems. Upon completion, students will be able to analyze the environmental and chemical factors that are key to understanding global environmental issues.

Why this course is important

Protecting the Earth’s natural resources is essential. This course offers students the opportunity to integrate knowledge from various disciplines that are essential to understanding the roles that elemental cycles and energy flows play in maintaining thriving ecosystems. The course includes activities and assessments that allow students to expand their knowledge of the challenges and potential solutions that relate to issues concerning environmental conservation.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Biological Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Carla Thomas, Professor of Environmental Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course offers insights into our Christian obligation to protect and conserve our environment.

Missionally driven

This course provides students the opportunity to critically examine and apply principles of ecology, basic chemistry, and environmental protection

Contextually informed

The interdisciplinary nature of biogeochemistry provides an integrative approach to exploring and synthesizing knowledge from various disciplines whilst emphasizing the practical application of core scientific principles to the field.

Interculturally focused

This course allows students from any and every culture to explore, evaluate, and apply general theories and concepts to understanding the interrelatedness among the ecological and chemical processes that impact the Earth’s soil, water, and atmosphere

Practically minded

This course provides insights into the biogeochemical factors that drive environmental sustainability, and provides an introduction to global environmental issues.

Experientially transformed

Upon completion, students will be equipped with the skills required to integrate and apply their knowledge of ecology and basic chemistry to addressing issues related to global changes that impact ecosystems and communities.