University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XII--Course Descriptions

Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Environmental Sciences

The program in Environmental Sciences is interdisciplinary, involving courses from several different departments. See the B.Sc.(Env.) program information in Section IX--Undergraduate Degree Programs.

96-101 Introduction to Environmental Issues F(3-2)

The development of environmental science as an integrative, interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving environmental problems. An environmental science problem-solving framework is applied to a series of case studies reflecting the diversity of contemporary environmental issues.

Prerequisites: registration in the B.Sc.(Env.) program.

96-201 Decision-making and Communication Skills W(1-4)

This course will cover basic concepts in creative thinking, research design, and project planning through discussion and application of a problem-solving methodology. A strong emphasis on oral and written presentations is included.

Prerequisites: 96-101.

96-332 Principles of Landscape Ecology F(3-2)

An integrated approach to understanding the functioning of landscapes. The emerging theories, concepts and methodologies of landscape science and their application to landscape and environmental management. (Offered in odd numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 15-201 or15-311or 45-211.

96-401 Colloquium/Project in Environmental Science W(0-3)

The course permits the student the opportunity to integrate both the skills and knowledge acquired in earlier courses through application to current environmental problems and issues. Group research problems and exposure to critical environmental policy issues will form the core elements of the course.

Prerequisites: 96-201 and registration in semester 7 or 8 of the B.Sc. (Env.) degree program.

96-422 Environmental Impact Assessment W(3-0)

This course examines environmental impact assessment (EIA) from philosophical, methodological and institutional perspectives. The evolution of EIA in Canada will be the focus. Case studies illustrating major issues and applications will be presented at a variety of geographical scales. The preparation and presentation of a research project is an integral component.

Prerequisites: 30 course credits including ( 15-201or 15-311), (78-337 or 92-405).

96-450 International Environmental Field Course F(0-6)

An interdisciplinary field course to be held overseas. The course will include a common curriculum for all students, dealing with the historical, geographical, cultural and biological aspects of the location. Students will also undertake a project which would normally relate to their own specific interest. Formal instruction on the common core element of the course will be given either by Guelph faculty and/or by faculty from the host country. Each student will submit both a paper developed from the general core of the course and also a project report.

Prerequisites: 25 course credits and approval of the course coordinators.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
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