Introduction to Biology and Natural History


Course description

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.

Learning objectives

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
  • Beginning naturalists
  • Nature artists
  • Ecotourism operators and adventure tour guides
  • Summer camp naturalists and educators
  • Anyone interested in natural history and natural resource management or ecology

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Because it is self-paced, you can join this course at any time, including after the official start date. 

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