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ENVS 200 - Introduction to Sustainability

This course introduces the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions. Students will trace the history of sustainable development and explore how humans can take action to reverse harm and improve sustainability. Field trips will focus upon sustainability in Edmonton.

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ENVS 300 - Humankind and the Biosphere

This course is a discussion of humankind's place in nature and of its responsibility for other organisms, the environment and resources.

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ENVS 320 - The Study of Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary Simplicity has a long history as a personal and community response to societal concerns ranging from poverty and inequality to problematic cultural influences and environmental degradation. This course examines the concept, theory, and practice of Voluntary Simplicity as an alternative value system and lifeway. The course explores Voluntary Simplicity's historical roots and contemporary expressions, emphasizing its contribution to environmental sustainability, social justice, community vitality, and personal well-being.

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ENVS 399 - Special Topics In Environmental Studies

A course on a topic or figure of special interest to a member of the environmental studies faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.

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ENVS 410 - Resource Planning and Environmental Management

Study of decision processes used to conserve, develop and manage environmental resources. Consideration of approaches to the evaluation of resources, including economic, environmental and social assessment techniques. Selected Canadian and Alberta case studies of resource management issues and problems.

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ENVS 450 - Environmental Impact Assessment

Examination of the EIA process from both institutional and scientific perspectives. Consideration of legislative and policy aspects. Survey of EIA methods. Contemporary issues in EIA, including cumulative effects and post-auditing. Monitoring of, or participation in, contemporary Canadian or Alberta cases.

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ENVS 470 - Ecopsychology

An exploration of the psychological dimensions of our dependence on God's creation and our responsibility to care for it. The psychological contributions to and consequences of environmental problems, and the potential for psychological intervention, will be examined from a Christian perspective.

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ENVS 490 - Internship

A fulltime 13-week position in the workplace, normally between years three and four. Student interns receive assistance from the Internship Program Coordinator to search for an approved placement in government, industry or nongovernment agencies (paid or non-paid) that applies their environmental skills, provides valuable work experience, and gains insight into future career opportunities. The internship is pass/fail based on grading of student performance of mandatory assignments and internship evaluations. Students are eligible for an environmental internship if they have satisfactorily completed an interview with the Director of the Environmental Studies Program to assess progress in their program of study, ascertain preparation and readiness for an internship, and evaluate ability and commitment to completion of year four of the degree program.

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ENVS 491 - Becoming Environmental Citizens: University and Beyond

This course provides students with opportunities to reflect back on their university experience, including their internship (ENVS 490), and look forward to their life and work after they graduate. Class activities explore aspects of environmental vocations and the application of an environmental worldview in various facets of life. An emphasis is placed on developing soft skills, peer mentorship and evaluation, and professional development.

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ENVS 499 - Directed Studies In Environmental Studies

An opportunity to do advanced study of a special topic of particular interest to a student. Students work with a member of the environmental studies faculty. Students must apply in advance to a member of the environmental studies faculty.

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BIOL 211 - Organisms in their Environment

Organisms of all the major groups are affected by their environment and exert their influence on their environment and on each other. Topics will include a description of these relationships, of their development over time, and of theories of evolutionary development of these organisms.

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BIOL 330 - Ecology

Relationships among animals, plants and the non-living environment, energy flow, nutrient cycles, ecological succession, communities, populations; application of ecological principles to the modern world. Laboratory work focuses on using basic techniques of ecological investigation. Participation in a three-day, overnight field trip on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the last weekend of September is required.

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BIOL 436 - Conservation Biology

A discussion of the principles of conservation biology with applications to sustainable human society and biosphere integrity. This course develops the theoretical and applied basis for maintaining plant and animal populations considered endangered, threatened or at risk. It explores the complex factors contributing to the decline, extinction, or recovery of species. The course develops a stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles, and ethical, historical and economic considerations. Local, regional and global conservation strategies are discussed.

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GEOG 201 - Physical Geography

An introduction to the earth's major planetary components, including geological, hydrological, global climate systems and land forms. The origins of these features and the processes that influence the characteristics of landforms, vegetation and soils are discussed. Participation in weekly field-based labs and in a two-day, overnight field trip, usually in the third week of September, are required.

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GEOG 300 - Humankind and the Biosphere

This course is a discussion of humankind's place in nature and of its responsibility for other organisms, the environment and resources.

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GEOG 310 - Landscapes and Human Settlements

The relationship between the natural environment and development of settled landscapes from a geographic perspective. Spatial distribution of biophysical landscapes and location analyses of agricultural, urban and industrial systems in Canada and elsewhere. Introduction to landscape interpretation using maps and aerial photographs.

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GEOG 321 - Community and Place

This course will examine the role of community in human social life in an age of globalization. Topics will include community development, diversity, social exclusion/inclusion, community resilience, and rural and urban communities. The course will also examine different types of communities including: radical Christian communities, cooperatives, intentional communities, and current initiatives in support of developing sustainable communities.

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GEOG 350 - Geographical Information Systems

An introduction to the principles and applications of GIS. Hands-on lab assignments focus on data input and manipulation, spatial problem solving, and map presentation using GIS software on micro-computers. Students complete a GIS-based project.

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GEOG 399 - Special Topics In Geography

A course on a topic or figure of special interest to a member of the geography faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.

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GEOG 450 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

This course provides an advanced investigation into the principles and applications of geographic information systems. Hands-on lab assignments focus on geo-databases, metadata, data input, relational databases, advanced map design, and advanced techniques using GIS software. Students mentor introductory students, complete a paper and complete an advanced project.

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GEOG 499 - Directed Studies in Geography

An opportunity to do in-depth geographical study on a topic of particular interest to the student. Students work closely with a member of the geography faculty. A student must apply in advance to the faculty member.

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    Our Environmental Studies grads get jobs as:

  • Agriculturalists
  • Agronomists
  • Conservation Officers
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Environmental Planners
  • Forestry Technicians
  • Mining and Natural Resource Managers
  • Recycling Officers

    Our Environmental Studies grads go on to study:

  • Environmental Developing
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fish & Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Geoscience
  • Law