This online self-study course is for people looking to gain foundational, scientifically sound, knowledge in biology and natural history. It is organized into eleven study units outlining the general principles by which plants and animals interact with each other and their surroundings. Our course will guide you, self-paced, through each unit so that you can attain a Certificate of Completion on successfully passing the course. If you’re planning to apply to the Ecological Restoration or the Restoration of Natural Systems programs, this course will fulfill our requirements of a biology course equivalent.
Note: this course does not count as an elective in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma/Certificate Programs or the Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate Program, but can be used as a prerequisite to program entry.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to:
Analyze the inter-relationships of organisms within an ecosystem
Apply the kingdom system of classification to study the diversity of organisms
Relate the complexity of plant and animal biology to their adaptations to environments
Recognize distinct features of bacteria, protists, plants, and fungi
Describe the characteristic features of invertebrate and vertebrate animals
Use terminology specific to biology and ecology
Who should take this course:
Anyone applying to the ER PSC or RNS programs who needs to upgrade their biology
Anyone who wants to brush up on their biology foundations and terminology
Volunteers for nature programs and associations
Ecotourism operators and adventure tour guides
Summer camp naturalists and educators
Anyone interested in natural history and natural resource management or ecology
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.