Applied Environmental Sciences (Certificate & Diploma) - Courses
|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|
|This course covers various physical, chemical, and biological properties of both standing and running freshwater systems. Students are introduced to various techniques used in the collection and analysis of limnological data, and how to use these data to assess the health of freshwater ecosystems. Prerequisite: BI 110.|
|BI||270||Managing Rangeland Ecosystems||3|
|A study of rangeland ecology, this course focuses on soil-plant-animal-water interactions in rangeland ecosystems. Basic factors determining survival and the competitive strategy of range plants are studied in detail. Sound range management strategies designed to ensure ecosystem stability and sustainability are emphasized. Considerable time is spent in lab learning to key and identify native plants.|
|BO||120||Field Botany & Plant Taxonomy||3|
|Native plants and communities of Alberta are studied focusing on general and applied plant botany. Students obtain practical field experience in plant community relationships while identifying, collecting, and preserving plants for further study. Students spend considerable time learning to use plant keys for taxonomic classification and for identifying plant species and families.|
|CO||166||Scientific Writing & Computer Applications||3|
|Explore fundamental approaches to scientific writing. Considerable time spent discussing what constitutes critical content and how that content is effectively organized for variety of documents used in the scientific industry. Strategies for efficient technical writing emphasized for laboratory reports, formal technical and scientific reports, abstracts, and other discipline-specific applications.|
|MA||202||Statistics & Data Management||3|
|Provides introduction to basic statistical procedures and data management techniques commonly used in environmental sciences. Emphasis placed on methods for 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.|
|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, and scale calculations, and learn to interpret contours and visualize relief. Compass use and basic field orienteering taught. Aerial photography introduced, with emphasis on understanding of annotation, scale, measurement, indexing and purchase of conventional and digital products. Practice stereo viewing, and learn to 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.|
|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.|
|Study structure, properties and reactions of the main classes of organic compounds and relationship to living organisms and the environment. Laboratory techniques include 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 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 Order level and issues associated with ‘problem soils’. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: SC 200.|
- standard first aid and CPR-C with AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
- spill response - you also get a working knowledge of Alberta and Saskatchewan government reporting requirements
- H2S Alive ®
- all terrain vehicle operation and safety
- motor boat operation and safety
|Year 2 Required Courses||CREDITS|
|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. Pre/co-requisites: none.|
|SC||307||Environmental Site Assessment||3|
|Students gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate contaminated sites through the processes of a Site Assessment, Site Characterization, and the parallel process of Environmental Risk Assessment. More and more frequently, the effective management of environmental risks (i.e. contamination) and remediation of contaminated sites requires a basic understanding of the science, policy and culture of risk assessment and risk management. Prerequisites: SC 110 & SC 200 or equivalent.
|This course explores the hydrological functions of the most highly-valued feature on the landscape: the wetland. Students learn how wetlands are key drivers of regional hydrology, water quality, and flood and drought mitigation. Additional topics include contamination remediation, water sampling techniques, and utilizing amphibians as a water quality indicator. Current and emerging management tools including remote sensing are used to examine the hydrological effects of climate change. Prerequisites: SC 110, SC 200 & SC 301. Co-requisites: none.
|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||430||Environmental Site Assessment||3|
|Gain basic understanding of how to evaluate contaminated sites through processes of a Site Assessment, Site Characterization, and parallel process of Environmental Risk Assessment. Effective management of environmental risks (i.e. contamination) and remediation of contaminated sites requires basic understanding of science, policy and culture of risk assessment and risk management. Prerequisites: SC 110 and SC 200.|
|SC||437||Aquatic Habitat Protection||3|
This course looks at various human activities known to have an impact on freshwater habitats, and why/how these impacts occur. Students are also introduced to techniques used to eliminate or minimize the impacts of an activity on freshwater habitat, as well as those commonly used in attempts to restore such habitat where degradation has already occurred. Prerequisites: BI 205. Co-requisites: SC 301.
|SC||448||Groundwater Monitoring Techniques||3|
This course introduces students to equipment and methods commonly used when conducting groundwater monitoring projects. The student learns how to plan and implement a fieldwork program including conducting a desk study, field and lab evaluation of aquifers, borehole selection, taking and interpreting water level, chemistry and pump test data, and using safe working practices. Students are introduced to the impacts on groundwater resources due to agricultural, oil and gas production, and other industrial activities. Prerequisites: SC 301.
|SC||481||Application of Environmental Regulations||3|
This course focuses on the environmental acts, regulations and legislations specific to regulatory requirements in industrial sectors in order to reduce, eliminate, and/or minimize, the negative environmental impacts resulting from development. Practices in environmental management including environmental assessment, compliance and enforcement, government structure, permitting and liability offences are also discussed. Pre/co-requisites: none.
|SO||340||Soil Classification and Land Forms||3|
This is an in-depth study of the Canadian System of Soil Classification with emphasis on the factors affecting soil genesis and taxonomy. Topics include geology, glaciation, weathering and the chemistry and physics of Canadian soils. Extensive fieldwork focuses on methods of classifying soils and landforms, soil mapping and report preparation/use, and basic procedures in land assessment. Prerequisites: SO 210.
|SC||437||Aquatic Habitat Protection||3|
|This course looks at various human activities known to have a negative impact on freshwater habitats and why, and how, these negative impacts occur. Students are also introduced to techniques used to eliminate or minimize the negative impacts of an activity on freshwater habitat, as well as those commonly used in attempts to restore such habitat where degradation has already occurred. Prerequisite: BI 205. Co-requisite: SC 301.|
|SC||448||Groundwater Monitoring Techniques||3|
|Introduction to equipment and methods commonly used when conducting groundwater monitoring projects. Learn to plan and implement a fieldwork program including conducting a desk study, field and lab evaluation of aquifers, borehole selection and installation, taking and interpreting water levels, chemistry and pump test data, and using safe working practices. Introduction to impacts of groundwater resources due to agricultural, industrial and petroleum production activities including those resulting from extraction of coal bed methane. Prerequisite: SC 301 or equivalent water resources competency strongly encouraged.|
|SC||481||Application of Environmental Regulations||3|
|This course focuses on the environmental legislation specific to regulatory requirements in industrial sectors in order to eliminate, or minimize, the negative environmental effects of development. Practices in environmental management including environmental assessment, permitting requirements, compliance inspections and strict liability offences are also discussed.|
|SO||340||Soil Classification & Landforms||3|
|Study of Canadian System of Soil Classification with emphasis on factors affecting soil genesis and taxonomy. Topics include geology, glaciation, weathering and chemistry and physics of Canadian soils. Extensive fieldwork focuses on methods of classifying soils and landforms, soil mapping and report preparation/use and basic procedures in land assessment. Prerequisite: SO 210.|
|Year 2 Electives. Choose two per semester||CREDITS|
|This course is an introduction to forest ecology and ecological forest management. The impacts of industry and other land-use on forests are investigated at a 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 are used to develop field skills in tree and shrub identification, forest insect and disease identification, timber cruising, forest harvesting, stand assessment, and ecosystem classification. Prerequisites: BI 110 & BO 120. Co-requisites: none.
|This course provides an intensive practical study of the determinants of revegetation success. Emphasis is placed on study of the factors affecting germination, emergence, establishment and longevity of plant stands. The course includes a review of practical and specialized revegetation methods and strategies. Prerequities: BI270, BO120, and SO210.
|ESC||417||Sustainable Mining Practices||3|
|This course reviews environmental management practices used in the development, operation, monitoring and reclamation of large scale mining operations. This includes a review of the regulatory approvals process for mines and the scientific basis for monitoring and reporting requirements during development, operation, and reclamation of mine sites. The course also covers methods commonly used to manage and protect ecosystems, landscapes, soils, water, air, vegetation and wildlife during various phases of mine development. The four mining environments that are focused on are: mountain coal mining, prairie coal mining, oil sands mining and diamond mining. Pre/co-requisites: none.
|This course focuses on study of Environmental contaminants, their physical- chemical properties and fate and transport in environmental media (air, water and soil). The focus is on industrial pollutants discharged into the environment from various sectors such as pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining and agricultural developments. Emphasis is placed on contaminant risk assessment and risk management. Students learn about emerging environmental contaminants and evolving engineering solutions to mitigate these contaminants. Prerequisites: SC110, SC200 and SC301.
|This course is a study of soil properties from a soil conservation perspective. The primary focus is on understanding soil properties to achieve soil and water conservation objectives and to prevent soil degradation. Field techniques used to assess soil degradation and to implement erosion and sediment control projects are emphasized. Prerequisites: SO 210.
|ZO||213||Fisheries Biology & Techniques||3|
|This course covers the ecology, anatomy, physiology, and behaviour of fishes. Emphasis is on freshwater fish species. Students are also introduced to various techniques and equipment used in the collection of fish and fisheries data through lecture and the practical application of these techniques during labs conducted out in the field. Prerequisites: BI 205 & ZO 120.
|ZO||245||Wildlife Habitat Conservation||3|
|Wildlife habitat requirements, diets, distributions, and legal status designations are profiled for wildlife that range in the Prairie Provinces. Wildlife field signs are described and distinguished in the field. Field sampling technique and data collection protocols for habitat are introduced and practiced. Key concepts for conserving, managing and enhancing wildlife habitats for biodiversity and for mitigating disturbances are introduced. Prerequisites: BI 110 and BO120.
|Conserving biodiversity requires primary knowledge of the species present. Students learn to distinguish terrestrial wildlife biodiversity of the Prairie Provinces through the comparison of apparent characteristics, ecological and biological attributes and selected calls. Students develop a pollinator conservation project and learn the survey protocols for selected wildlife species. Pre/co-requisites: none.