Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus
Choose from one of two majors: Reclamation/Restoration or Monitoring/Environmental Protection.

Your second year is two 16-week practicums. This requirement also includes a capstone presentation and technical report in late January/early February following your practicum. Check out the Capstone presentation page.
Required Year 3 Core Courses - Both Majors CREDITS
ECM 300 Communications for Environmental Professionals 3
This course focuses on strategies, techniques and applications of the technical writing process.  It emphasizes skills required to develop direct, clear, concise and readable technical documents for the environmental industry.  This course includes a weekly lab focusing on skill development in areas such as cover letter preparation, oral communications and mock interviews, the fundamentals of technical writing, and the preparation of documents such as proposals and formal reports.
ESC 315 Environmental Toxicology 3
This course provides an introduction to the principles of toxicology.  Emphasis is placed on natural and human made toxicants of environmental concern. Students learn how to classify toxic agents and how these affect living organisms (their mechanisms of action), how we collect and analyze environmental samples for toxic agents using standardized toxicity test methods, and what the environmental fate is for various toxic agents.  Students are briefly introduced to the application of toxicology in risk assessment, and occupational health and safety.
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.
ESC 419 Soil Chemistry 3
The focus of this course is to examine and practice important concepts of soil chemistry providing foundational and applied scientific knowledge applicable to the environmental professional. Students learn the processes of soil chemistry through multimedia lecture. In a lecture setting students explore and practice topics including: working with the EM38, water holding capacities, calculations, bulk density, speciation and salinity/sodicity testing. Students also gain an expanded knowledge of cation exchange capacity, sorption and ion exchange, clay structures, pH, ionic strengths, hydration, hydrolysis, salinity, organic matter and acidity.
ESC 423 Fundamentals of Remediation 3
This course focuses on fundamental aspects of remediation. The course covers the potential contaminant sources, subsurface geochemistry, physical and chemical principles of contaminants and their applications to soil systems.  The focus is on the fundamental principals of fate and transport, retardation and transformation processes of contaminants in soil and water media. Students learn about contaminant plume behaviour and application of remedial fundamentals to site specific risk assessment.
ESE 300 Environmental Management Seminar 3
This is a required course for students in the Bachelor of Applied Science:  Environmental Management program.  In a seminar setting, students are provided with an opportunity to learn from a variety of environmental specialists.  Presentations may be focused on environmental topics outside the regular curriculum in the applied degree program.  Exposure to and dialogue with diverse environmental experts will help students develop broad, clear, and balanced perspectives on opportunities and challenges in applied environmental management.
EPR 399 Practicum Prep -
EPR399 is a senior level course that prepares students for the work experience Practicum I (EPR400) and Practicum II (EPR410) courses.  The Student Practicum Handbook is reviewed in detail and guidance is provided to assist students in conducting an effective job search, in assessing, choosing, competing for, and securing a practicum work placement, and in successfully navigating their way through the demands of the practicum.  Emphasis is placed on student success by clearly outlining expectations and deliverables.  P/F.
Additional Required Courses - based on entry education CREDITS
EBA 312 Project Management * ** 3
This course is an introduction to the major components of project management and the management of people and resources.  Emphasis is placed on the processes of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing a project in a manner that achieves the project objectives.  Both the technical and human elements of environmental project management are explored and as such, students are introduced to the basic management functions and fundamental principles of leading and managing people, as well as managing resources to achieve project objectives.
ESC 370 Industry Monitoring and Protection * ** 3
This course examines the industrial processes, pollution control technologies and environmental impacts of major industrial activities found in Western Canada.  Emphasis is placed on the physical, chemical and biological processes used to manage industrial processes and waste streams.  Typical industries that may be examined include pulp production, petroleum extraction, oil refining and upgrading, petrochemicals, oilsands, mining, water treatment, intensive agricultural operations and power production.
ESC 422 Remediation Technologies * ** 3
This course focuses on the use of cost-effective technologies for cleaning up contaminated soils and groundwaters. The course includes a description of the remediation criteria/guidelines for various contaminants developed at both provincial and federal levels. The focus is on remediation technologies for soil such as: soil vapour extraction (SVE), chemical oxidation, thermal incineration, bioremediation, phytoremediation and multiphase extraction and for contaminated ground water: source control, ground water barriers and flow control, pump and treat method and In-situ treatment. Prerequisite: ESC 423.
ESC 424 Ecosite Classification * ** 3
This course is a detailed examination of sampling techniques used to assess vegetation and soils with emphasis on methods to meet government reclamation criteria. Students consider methods to conduct pre- and post-disturbance inventories and detailed site assessments on disturbed and undisturbed sites. Significant time will be spent in the field applying reclamation criteria and utilizing reclamation principles and inventory techniques to insure and verify effective reclamation and revegetation of disturbed sites.
ESC 462 Hydrogeology * ** 3
Hydrogeology is the study of the occurrence, characterization and movement of water below the earth's surface.  In this course the basic physical and chemical hydrogeologic parameters are introduced and groundwater management techniques are discussed. Lab exercises and problem sets involve describing the subsurface environment, determining the physical and chemical properties of aquifers, and characterization and modelling of groundwater flow. Prerequisite:  SC 301.
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.
SC 352 Environmental Monitoring and Sampling * ** 3
This course introduces students to sampling strategies in a wide range of media including surface water, groundwater, wastewater, sediments, soils and air.  Emphasis is placed on the sampling protocols (i.e. appropriate sampling methods, preservation of samples, sources of contamination & transportation) required for representativeness of samples for each media.  The concepts of quality assurance, quality control and data quality interpretation are discussed in detail. Prerequisites:  SC 110, SC 200
SC 408 Reclamation Field Methods * 3
Examine common reclamation field methods used in Western Canada. Major soil disturbances discussed including wellsite reclamation, pipeline construction and mining operations. Common problems associated with oil and gas developments are also discussed, including oil spills, brine spills and soil sterilants. Prerequisite: SO 210. Co-requisite: SO 340.
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. Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: none.

SO 340 Soil Classification and Landforms * 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.  Prerequisite:  SO 210
* Reclamation/Remediation Major
** Monitoring/Environmental Protection Major
Required Year 4 Courses - Both Majors CREDITS
EPR 400 Practicum I 15
This first practicum for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Management program provides a minimum 60 day work experience in which students can implement and develop practical competencies using academic knowledge and skills learned in the classroom or laboratory.  P/F.   Prerequisites:  ECM 300 and EPR 399.
EPR 410 Practicum II 15

This second practicum for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Management program provides a minimum 60 day work experience in which the students can implement and develop practical competencies using academic knowledge and skills learned in the classroom or laboratory.  A major final written report and technical seminar presentation is required upon completion of the work experience placement.  The student is graded on the capstone report and presentation. Pre-requisites: EPR 400 and completion of all other graduation or course requirements.

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