Explores the influences of geology (abiotic factors) on the diversity of life. Students investigate multiple issues posed by the science and technology of the diversity of life on this planet. Particular issues range from how many species occur on earth to how to establish effective public policy guidelines for protection of life's diversity. 3 SH. 3 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour. The student may substitute another preliminary field experience for biogeodiversity laboratory with instructor's approval.