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Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 
Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

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ERTH 2160 - Introduction to Geobiology

This course focuses on the co-evolution of life with Earth’s systems and targets students in Earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.  Topics include the emergence and early evolution of life on Earth, the environmental limits of life, microbial and metabolic evolution; the role of life in moderating global elemental cycles; earliest records of life; evolution of photosynthesis and the Great Oxidation Event; fossilization and evolution of complex life; mass radiations, mass extinctions and global changes.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: ERTH 1100 recommended but not required. A student cannot get credit for both ERTH 2160 and BIOL 2160.

When Offered: Spring term annually.

Cross Listed: BIOL 2160.

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