Environmental Sciences

Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus
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.
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. 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
This course provides an overview of soil formation processes and the fundamental morphological, physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil.  Students gain knowledge of soils through lectures and hands on experience. Students become familiar with The Canadian System of Soil Classification to the Order level and the issues associated with ‘problem soils’. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: SC 200.
ZO 120 Wildlife & Fisheries Biology 3
Students learn the classification, identification, anatomy, physiology, biology and ecology of fish and wildlife found in the Prairie Provinces. Species are comparatively distinguished using morphological characteristics. Additionally, amphibians are identified by calls and mammals by skull and dental characteristics and by hides. Students can earn a certificate in amphibian identification and will begin training towards obtaining their Electrofishing and Pleasure Craft Operator certifications. Prerequisite: BI 110.
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 important field skills for employees in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation.  Students receive training and externally recognized certification for Alberta Safety Council Bear Awareness and Avoidance, Canadian Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid with CPR C and AED, Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operation; and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). Students receive Lakeland College certification for wilderness survival and are introduced to chainsaw and axe safety.
RE 231 Field Skills II & Small Engine Repair 3
This course introduces students to field skills important to workers in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. Students receive classroom and shop training in the safe maintenance and operation of motorized field equipment, and can qualify for ATV Rider, Snowmobile Operator and Decision Making for Wetlands Management certificates. Students are introduced to professional organization and attend a Wildlife conference. Prerequisites:  None.
SC 301 Applied Hydrology 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
​This course covers the ecology, anatomy, physiology and the behaviour of fish. 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. Prerequisite: ZO 120 and BI 205.
ZO 214 Ornithology 3
This course is an introduction to the biology, behaviour, conservation and natural history of birds that breed or migrate through the prairie provinces. During lecture and laboratory sessions students learn to identify birds, predominantly adult male birds, using plumage characteristics, size, shape, behaviour and habitat associations. Students additionally learn to identify selected birds, predominantly songbirds, using songs and acoustic displays.
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
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: 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 tools, techniques and recognized protocols for wildlife conservation and management.  Topics include detailed field notes, techniques and protocols for animal capture, care and marking/tagging, animal behavior, the sex-age categorization of wildlife, remote tracking techniques, chronic wasting disease surveillance and management and safe firearm operation. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
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
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.
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
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

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

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree