Appendix A - Courses

Environmental Sciences

ENVS*6000 Physical Environment of Crops and Forests F [0.50]
Recent literature on temperature, humidity, radiation, wind, gases and particles in crop and forest environments; evapotranspiration and photosynthesis of plant communities; modification of microclimates; applied micrometeorology. Offered in even-numbered years.
ENVS*6040 Molecular Basis of Plant-Microbe Interactions F [0.50]
A lecture and seminar course on recent advances in the study of plant-microbe interactions. Topics included are the biochemical, physiological and genetic aspects of plant defenses and the interaction of plants with pathogenic and mutualistic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Offered in conjunction with PBIO*4000. Extra work is required of graduate students.
Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6040 or PBIO*4000
ENVS*6050 Micrometeorology W [0.50]
Exchanges of mass, momentum and energy between the surface and the atmosphere will be studied in the context of larger-scale meterology. Diffusion and turbulence in and above plant canopies will be examined from theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include time-series analysis, micrometeorological measurement theory, and basic principles of atmospheric science. Offered in even-numbered years.
ENVS*6060 Meteorological Instrumentation W [0.50]
Theoretical and practical aspects of electronic circuits, sensors, and equipment used in meteorological research.
Prerequisite(s): ENVS*4120 or equivalent
ENVS*6190 Environmental Microbial Technology W [0.50]
Current topics in selected areas of environmental microbial technology. An emphasis will be placed on the physiology and genetics of microorganisms useful in environmental biotechnology. The course involves extensive use of current journal articles. (Offered in alternate odd years.)
Restriction(s): Undergraduate degree in microbiology or related discipline.
ENVS*6241 Special Topics in Atmospheric Science F,U [0.25]
The content is determined by the interests of the students and the availability of instructors. Topics may include aspects of statistics for climatology, animal biometeorology, air pollution meteorology, and hydrometeorology.
ENVS*6250 Soil Genesis and Classification F [0.50]
A discussion of world soil regions for students not specializing in soil genesis.
ENVS*6280 Soil Physics W [0.50]
The soil as a physical system with special regard to soil water movement and the diffusion and dispersion of chemical substances. Numerical techniques and computer solutions will be developed.
ENVS*6340 Colloquium in Insect Systematics W [0.25]
Weekly discussions and seminars dealing with current topics in systematic entomology. (Offered in alternate odd years according to demand)
ENVS*6350 Soil Organic Matter and Biochemistry F [0.50]
(1) Soil organic matter characterization, (2) dynamics of soil organic matter, (0.5) nutrient cycling. Offered in odd-numbered years.
ENVS*6360 Soil and Water Chemistry F [0.50]
Thermodynamics of soil solutions; solution-solid phase equilibria; reaction kinetics; computer modelling of solute-mineral interactions.
ENVS*6380 Advanced Soil Chemistry W [0.50]
The mathematical development of solute speciation models for aqueous solutions, surface complexation models for inorganic soil constituents and descrete and continuous functional group models for humic materials.
ENVS*6400 Soil Nitrogen Fertility and Crop Production W [0.50]
Emphasis will be placed on soil N transformations and processes, and N sources for crops; field experimentation methods; environmental issues.
ENVS*6440 Field Sampling Strategies and Geostatistics W [0.50]
Concepts and practical aspects of collecting, synthesizing and interpreting data from spatially and temporally variable and/or correlated fields. Hands-on experience in describing spatial structure of large data sets (supplied by student or instructor) using available software. Offered in even-numbered years.
ENVS*6451 Special Topics in Environmental Biology F,W,S [0.25]
This course provides graduate students, either individually or in groups, with the opportunity to pursue topics in the major areas of departmental specialization such as plant protection, entomology, and environmental management. This course may be offered in any of lecture, reading/seminar, or individual project formats.
ENVS*6500 Environmental Sciences Research Project U [1.00]
A concise, critical review of an area of study related to the field chosen by the student including analyses and interpretation of relevant data. The project will be written in the form of a scientific paper and presented to the department as a seminar.
Restriction(s): Available only to students registered in the Environmental Sciences: MES program.
ENVS*6501 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science F [0.50]
Using a case-study approach with material drawn from current and historical issues, students will develop an advanced understanding of current issues in environmental sciences, including the underlying science basis, how the issues was managed, and the effectiveness of associated policies.
ENVS*6502 Seminar in Environmental Sciences W [0.50]
This course will provide an interactive and critical forum for students to participate in an advanced discussions and debate on current environmental issues, and to learn about the practical skill set(s) required by various employment sectors in solving these issues.
ENVS*6503 Biogeochemistry of Wetlands S [0.50]
A two-week course covering concepts and techniques related to the geology and geomorphology of the southern Ontario landscape. Focus will be given to the characterization and interpretation of geology and Earth materials and their influence on soil and water processes at the landscape level.
ENVS*6504 Classification and Assessment of Aquatic Systems S [0.50]
A two-week course covering concepts and techniques related to the physiographical, hydrological, and biological characterization of aquatic systems. The course will involve periodic excursions to regional water bodies in southern Ontario for the purpose of demonstrating sampling techniques and conducting biological assessments.
ENVS*6505 Soil Survey and Interpretation S [0.50]
A two-week course covering concepts and techniques related to the characterization of soil in the landscape. Focus will be given to soilscapes encountered in southern Ontario, and involves a multi-day excursion to examine the distribution of soils in this region.
ENVS*6506 Forest Ecosystems Patterns and Processes S [0.50]
A two-week course covering concepts and techniques related to the ecological characterization of forests. Focus will be on southern and mid-central Ontario forests and will involve periodic excursions to various locations for the purpose of demonstrating theoretical principles, sampling techniques, in-field measurements, and collecting samples for in-lab assessment and metric determination.
ENVS*6520 Pollination Biology F [0.50]
Pollination biology is discussed from both entomological and botanical viewpoints, stressing fundamental and applied aspects. (Offered in the Fall semester or by arrangement with the professor.)
ENVS*6540 Integrated Pest Management - Insects W [0.50]
Concepts associated with integrated pest management of insect pests of various plant hosts will be introduced to students in an interactive lecture and laboratory format. Experiential learning and skill development, associated with economic entomology, will also be emphasized. (Offered in alternate even years.)
Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6540 and ENVB*4100
ENVS*6550 Bioactivity and Metabolism of Pesticides W [0.50]
The basis of pesticide bioactivity will be examined, with emphasis on mode of action, structure-activity relationships and analytical methods. Students will participate in seminars and prepare a research paper and/or conduct a laboratory research project in consultation with the instructor(s). Students in this course are expected to attend the lectures for ENVS*4240.
ENVS*6560 Forest Ecosystem Dynamics F [0.50]
An exploration of energy flow and distribution in forest ecosystems. Both components will be examined in the context of biomass and productivity, perturbations and resilience. Some aspects of modelling will be covered.
ENVS*6581 Special Topics in Soil Science U [0.25]
Issues that are relevant to the current research of faculty or visiting faculty. Generally presented as a combination of lectures, student seminars and written projects.
ENVS*6700 Glacial Sedimentary Environments U [0.50]
Students will learn about the processes and deposits of glacial environments as well as the use of sedimentary records to reconstruct past glacial environments. Case studies from modern to ancient glacial seimentary environments will be used. Field trip included. (Offered only as needed)
ENVS*6710 Advanced Sedimentology U [0.50]
Topics covered through case studies of sedimentary deposits and environments include facies analysis, large scale controls, and novel techniques in sedimentology. Topics may also include specific sedimentary envionments or specific sedimentary deposits such as turbidites, cross-bedded strata or seismites depending on student interest. (Offered only as needed)
ENVS*6730 Special Topics in Environmental Earth Science U [0.50]
A study of principles and analyses of local environmental problems involving the application of geological and soil information of land use applications and possible hazardous conditions.
ENVS*6881 Special Topics in Land Resources Management U [0.25]
Issues that are relevant to the current research of faculty or visiting faculty. Generally presented as a combination of lectures, student seminars and written projects.
ENVS*6900 Seminar F-W [0.25]
This course provides information and training in scientific presentations. Students will prepare a written essay based on their research and make an oral presentation of the proposed studies. Students are expected to take this course in their second or third semester of study.
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1