Introduction to Biogeosciences


Course Objective

To understand the interaction between biosphere and geosphere.
Overall goal:
To gain experience in presenting in oral and written form. To give and
receive criticism.

Course Content

The five big extinctions.
Is the Anthropocene a new geologic period?
Extraterrestrial life, yes or no?
The role of extremophiles in Earth History.
Theory of Evolution, Darwin and followers.

Teaching Methods

In a series of presentations by teachers in biology and geology
important events in Earth history for the developments of life will be

In addition, the participants will choose subjects for oral and written

Literature study.

Method of Assessment

Participation (min. 70% present), oral and written presentation of the
chosen subject.

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge in geology and biology


Ppt slides from the presentations, literature provided by the teachers
and chosen by the students

Target Audience

Bachelor students in Earth Sciences, Earth and Economy
Future Planet Studies UvA, AUC

Custom Course Registration

Via VUnet

General Information

Course Code AB_1094
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. G.M. Ganssen
Examiner dr. G.M. Ganssen
Teaching Staff dr. G.M. Ganssen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar
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