Environmental Sciences

Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus
ACCREDITATION:Diploma
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Year 1 Required Courses CREDITS
BI 110 Ecology & Field Biology 3
Introduces fundamental ecological principles and concepts, emphasizing organisms and their environments as well as techniques for analysis of structure and function of these systems. Lectures cover ecological levels from individual, population and communities through to larger environmental scope of ecosystems and global ecology. Time spent in field studying plant and animal relationships in local community types using standard field equipment. Prerequisite: Biology 30.
BI 205 Limnology: Lakes & Rivers 3
Covers various physical, chemical and biological properties of freshwater systems. Introduced to techniques used in collection and analysis of limnological data. Prerequisite: BI 110 or BO 120.
BO 120 Field Botany & Plant Taxonomy 3
Focus on study of native plants within Central Parkland and Boreal Forest. Emphasis on collection, identification, morphology and classification of flora within local communities. Learn fundamental concepts of botany such as morphology, anatomy and taxonomy. Study fundamental ecological principles related to plant communities. Practical field experience in plant community relationships while collecting and preserving plants for further study. Spend considerable time in lab learning to use plant keys for classification and identifying plant species and families.
CO 166 Scientific Writing & Computer Applications 3
Explore fundamental approaches to scientific writing. Discuss what constitutes critical content and how that content is effectively organized for variety of documents used in the scientific industry. Learn strategies for efficient technical writing for laboratory reports, formal technical and scientific reports, proposals, abstracts and other discipline-specific applications.
MA 202 Statistics & Data Management 3
Introduction to basic statistical procedures and data management techniques commonly used in environmental sciences. Emphasis on organizing, storing, retrieving, analyzing, graphing and interpreting environmental data with database and spreadsheet software. Major topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, simple linear regression, and single-factor analysis of variance.
SC 110 Inorganic Chemistry 3
This is a basic course in inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on environmental applications. Basic chemical concepts are presented in the lecture series with application of those concepts in the laboratory component.
SC 120 Maps, Air Photos & GPS 3
Introduction to map reading, map contents, coordinate systems and National Topographic System (NTS maps). Practice map interpretation, measurement, scale calculations, and learn to interpret contours and visualize relief. Compass use and basic field orienteering taught. Aerial photography introduced with emphasis on annotation, scale, measurement, indexing and purchase of conventional and digital products. Practice stereo viewing, and relate aerial photos to maps at different scales. Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments used for navigation, and learn to collect, differentially correct and upload field coordinate data.
SC 140 Environmental Sustainability 3
Focus on human interactions with the environment. Environmental impacts of food production and agriculture, forestry, mining, energy processing, urbanization, and other land-use activities explored. Considerable time spent investigating current environmental issues within context of society: water quantity and quality, global warming, air pollution, and biodiversity crisis. National and provincial environmental policy relating to these issues investigated.
SC 200 Organic Chemistry 3
Study structure, properties and reactions of the main classes of organic compounds and their relationship to living organisms and the environment. Laboratory techniques, including tests required for assessing environmental quality. Prerequisite: SC 110.
SC 220 GIS & Remote Sensing 3
Learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and aerial photography concepts. Practice photogrammetry, stereovision and image interpretation, while working with variety of hardcopy and digital imagery products. Use scanners, digitizers and Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments for data input. Gain proficiency with ArcGIS, ArcView and Idrisi GIS software packages in laboratory sessions that emphasize natural resource management applications. Prerequisite: SC 120.
SO 210 Introductory Soil Science 3
Overview of soil formation processes and the fundamental morphological, physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil. Gain knowledge of soils through lectures and hands on experience. Become familiar with The Canadian System of Soil Classification to the Order level and issues associated with ‘problem soils’.
ZO 120 Wildlife & Fisheries Biology 3
This course is an introduction to the classification, identification, anatomy, physiology, biology and distribution of various fish and wildlife species found in western Canada. Emphasis is placed on the sport fish and wildlife of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Laboratory work focuses on the identification of regional sport fish and wildlife species (terrestrial vertebrates). Students learn to identify fish by their morphological characteristics, amphibians by both their morphological characteristics and their call, and mammals using morphological characteristics, skull and dental characteristics and hides. Labs also begin the process of electrofishing certification by covering electrofishing theory, techniques and safety, and provide students with training towards obtaining their Pleasure Craft Operator certification. Prerequisite: BI110.
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Year 2 Required Courses CREDITS
BI 210 Forest Ecology 3
Introduction to ecological forest management. Emphasis on forest ecosystem function and impacts of industry and other land-use on forests on landscape scale. Topics include dendrology, ecological disturbance, forest biodiversity, forest management techniques, approaches to forest restoration and reclamation criteria for forested areas. Field trips and labs used to develop field skills in tree and shrub identification, timber cruising, stand assessment and ecosystem classification. Prerequisites: BI 110 and BO 120.
RE 131 Field Skills I & Wilderness First Aid 3
This course introduces students to various field skills identified by employers as important for those seeking jobs in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. Students receive training and certification for Bear Awareness and Avoidance, Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (WFA) including CPR C and AED, Wilderness Survival, and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) that is prerequisite for obtaining a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). Students also receive hands-on training in wilderness survival techniques, motorized watercraft operation, and axe and chainsaw safety and handling.
RE 231 Field Skills II & Small Engine Repair 3
This course introduces students to field skills identified by employers as important to technicians in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. Students receive classroom and shop training in the safe maintenance and operation of powered field equipment, including quads, snowmobiles, boat motors, ice augers and chain saws. Students receive hands-on training in field camp operations, snowmobile operation, quad operation, and in trailer back-up, loading and tie-down. Safe procedures are demonstrated for 4WD truck and winch operation, vehicle extraction, battery boosting and field tire change. Students construct survival shelters as part of a winter survival workshop, and students attend a Wildlife conference. Prerequisites:  None.
SC 301 Watersheds & Water Resources 3
This course focuses on the main components of the hydrologic cycle and how this impacts quantity, quality and distribution of water resources within a watershed basin. Precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff, streamflow and groundwater flow are examined with reference to drought, flooding, erosion and sedimentation. Students are introduced to field techniques in stream discharge measurement, and geomorphic characterization of watersheds.
SC 415 Wildlife & Fisheries Law 3
This course provides an overview of Wildlife & Fisheries Law, including Acts, Regulations and Guidelines that are important for the Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Major. Topics include, but are not limited to, the Wildlife Act, the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and the Water Act. Prerequisites:  None.
ZO 213 Fisheries Biology & Techniques 3
Covers anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ecology of fish. Emphasis on freshwater fish species. Introduction to techniques and equipment used in collection of fish and fisheries data through lectures and practical application of these techniques during labs conducted in the field. Prerequisite: ZO 120.
ZO 214 Ornithology 3
Introduction to biology, behaviour and natural history of birds in western boreal and prairie regions. Lecture and laboratory sessions focus on identification and field study techniques. Identify birds from songs, calls, plumage, habitat use and behaviour. Labs include some evening and early morning field trips. Pre-class assignment to become familiar with list of common species over summer.
ZO 225 Aquatic Organisms 3
Covers identification, biology, ecology, physiology and behaviour of freshwater invertebrates. Learn techniques and equipment used to collect invertebrate organisms from lakes and rivers. Laboratory work emphasizes the identification of freshwater invertebrates using appropriate taxonomic keys. Prerequisite: BI 205.
ZO 245 Wildlife Habitat Conservation 3
This course introduces key concepts required to conserve, mitigate, enhance and manage wildlife habitat in the Prairie Provinces. The habitat requirements of selected species at risk, game species, and non-game species are described such that they can be identified in the field. The status assessment and listing processes under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) are described. Habitat conservation programs, partnerships and agencies are profiled. Regulations and guidelines for mitigating impacts of development on wildlife habitat in Alberta are explored. Wildlife distributions, habitat associations, feeding and foraging strategies, diets, digestive anatomy, and the field signs of selected wild vertebrates are described and distinguished. Students quantify habitat variables, explore disturbance mitigations, and design and implement habitat enhancements during field labs. Prerequisites: BI110 and BO120.
ZO 250 Wildlife Ecology & Management 3
Topics covered include the history of wildlife management & conservation biology including examples of successes & failures, wildlife population dynamics & reproductive adaptations and seasons, predator-prey interactions & management, wildlife disease & parasite ecology and management, and problem wildlife management and compensation. Practical skills are developed for the identification of wildlife in the field by contrasting tracks & signs, for understanding standardized wildlife survey protocols, for distinguishing predator from scavengers, and the completion of a trail camera monitoring project including entry of monitoring data into an appropriate government database. Prerequisite: BI110.
ZO 315 Wildlife Biology & Techniques 3
Students are introduced to some of the techniques and tools used in wildlife management such as recording clear and accurate field notes, marking techniques, animal care protocols and the appropriate care and use of wildlife, remote tracking techniques, and sex & age categorization. Field labs introduce students to practical wildlife ecology activities including the reclamation of industrial sites for wildlife habitat, behavioural sampling, small mammal trapping & marking, radio-tracking and telemetry and attending the C.F.B. Wainwright hunter check station for the purposes of harvest management and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance.
ZO 410 Fisheries Management 3
Learn theory and practical aspects of fisheries management. Emphasis on freshwater fisheries management issues in western Canada. Learn concepts and techniques used in studying fish, fish harvesting, commercial fish culture and fish habitat. Prerequisite: ZO 213.
SC 481 Application of Environmental Regulations 3
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience