University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

Environmental Biology

Department of Environmental Biology.

Additional course listings may be found in the course descriptions for Microbiology, Plant Biology, Toxicology and Zoology.

ENVB*2010 Food Production and the Environment W(3-0) [0.50]

Systems of food production are described and related to their impact on the environment and food safety. Consumer demands and the effects of food processing and packaging will be discussed. Issues of population pressure and sustainable development will be explored. For non-B.Sc.(Agr.) students.

Prerequisites: 2.50 credits
Exclusions: AGR*1101/2

ENVB*2030 Forestry F(3-0) [0.50]

Basic principles of forestry and forest management with emphasis on Canada's forests. Relationship of important tree species to their preferred environments. Aspects of tree growth, forest ecology and soils and silviculture. Utilization of forests and trees in the global context.

Prerequisites: 0.50 credit in biology

ENVB*2040 Biology of Plant Pests W(3-0) [0.50]

An interdisciplinary course on the nature and importance of diseases, weeds, insects and abiotic stresses on plant productivity and quality. A case history approach will be used to illustrate the biology of plant pests, the principles of pest population management, and related topics.

Prerequisites: BIOL*1030

ENVB*2100 Problem-Solving in Environmental Biology W(2-2) [0.50]

An exploration of ways of approaching problems dealing with environmental concerns. Training will include critical thinking, information retrieval and organization, and project design. Emphasis on oral and written presentations, both individual and group. Students will be introduced to the various disciplines within the department.

Prerequisites: registration in the Environmental Biology major

ENVB*2210 Introductory Apiculture F,W(3-0) [0.50]

Designed to acquaint the student with the broad field of beekeeping. Will include honey bee biology and behaviour, management for honey production, products of the hive, pests and enemies and the value of bees as pollinators of agricultural crops. Frequent audio visual presentations.

ENVB*3000 Nature Interpretation F(2-3) [0.50]

An exploration of communication and experiential learning theories and their application to natural history interpretation and environmental education program design. Students will develop and present interpretive materials and a program within the context of the existing nature interpretation program at The Arboretum.

Prerequisites: (BIOL*1040 or ZOO*1020), (BIOL*2010 or BIOL*3110)

ENVB*3030 Pesticides and the Environment F,W(3-2) [0.50]

The role and use of pesticides by various facets of society and the effect of these pesticides on biological activities in the environment. A research proposal is required.

Prerequisites: (1 of BIOL*1030, BIOL*1040, ZOO*1020), (CHEM*1040 or CHEM*2300)

ENVB*3040 Natural Chemicals in the Environment F,W(3-0) [0.50]

The role of naturally occurring chemical substances in the inter-relationships of organisms, population dynamics and the structure of ecosystems, and the role of such chemicals in the biological regulation and control of pests.

Prerequisites: 0.50 credit in biology

ENVB*3090 Insects in Relation to Wildlife W(3-3) [0.50]

A survey of the more common insects of importance to wildlife and outdoor recreation.

Prerequisites: BIOL*1040 or ZOO*1020
Exclusions: ENVB*3110

ENVB*3110 Natural History of Insects F(2-3) [0.50]

An introduction to the natural history and field identifications of the more common families of insects occurring in Ontario.

Prerequisites: BIOL*1040 or ZOO*1020
Exclusions: ENVB*3090

ENVB*3210 Plant Pathology F(2-3) [0.50]

The nature of disease in plants and a study of the basic principles of control. A collection of 30 plant disease specimens is required.

Prerequisites: BIOL*1040

ENVB*3300 Applied Ecology and Environment F(2-2) [0.50]

Environmental issues require scientific analysis. The applications of ecology, the science of diversity, abundance, and activities of living things and their interactions with the physical and biotic environment, are presented as the basis for sustainable agricultural practices, ecosystem rehabilitation, and conservation. Use of ecological principles in planning and policy are debated in local, regional, national, and global contexts.

Prerequisites: 1 of BIOL*2060, CROP*2110, (BIOL*3110, BIOL*3120)

ENVB*4000 Plant Disease Management F(2-3) [0.50]

A study of diseases with emphasis on control measures. Students learn to use technical journals and to prepare and present a term paper on a disease-related subject.

Prerequisites: ENVB*3210

ENVB*4040 Behaviour of Insects W(3-0) [0.50]

Investigation of the behaviour of insects within an ecological and evolutionary framework. Topics range from basic behavioral principles to the complex behaviour exhibited by the social insects.

Prerequisites: 1 of BIOL*3110, ENVB*3090, ENVB*3110, ZOO*4380, ZOO*4400

ENVB*4070 Biological Control: Plant Diseases W(3-0) [0.50]

Management of plant pathogens and weeds by biological systems that have a minimal impact on the environment. Topics include naturally-occurring biological control such as suppressive soils and induced plant disease resistance; and inundative biological control such as plant disease biocontrol agents, mycoherbicides, transgenic disease resistance, and their mechanisms of action.

Prerequisites: 1 of BOT*3200, ENVB*3210, MICR*3220

ENVB*4090 Biological Control: Insects F(3-0) [0.50]

Studies of natural controls that are used to regulate populations of insects and weeds. The course will examine the role of parasitoids, predators and pathogens in managing pest populations.

Prerequisites: ENVB*3090 or ENVB*3110

ENVB*4100 Applied Entomology W(3-3) [0.50]

A study of the life histories and pest management practices employed against insect pests of various plant and animal hosts. Principles of economic entomology are illustrated using specific insect pests as examples.

Prerequisites: 1 of ENVB*3090, ENVB*3110, 0.50 credit in Crop Production at the 3000 level

ENVB*4220 Biology of Aquatic Insects F(2-3) [0.50]

A study of the adult and immature forms of aquatic insects. Students are required to present a collection of at least 200 insects.

Prerequisites: ENVB*3090 or ENVB*3110

ENVB*4240 Biological Activity of Pesticides W(3-0) [0.50]

A study of the fate and mode of action of pesticides, e.g., insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Prerequisites: 0.50 credit in biochemistry

ENVB*4260 Field Entomology F(1-6) [0.50]

An introduction to insect sampling, observation, and experimentation in field situations. Lectures and discussions on the biology of the insect fauna of the field site. Students conduct two projects (individual or small group): (1) a diversity study involving the observation, collection and identification of selected groups of insects and (2) a behaviour/ecology study utilizing experimental techniques to test hypotheses. Student evaluation based on participation in course activities and written reports. Course fees cover the costs of room, board, equipment, and transportation to the field station. Detailed information is available from the Office of the Chair - Department of Environmental Biology. This course must be recorded as part of your Fall course selection and tuition and compulsory fees will be calculated accordingly.

Prerequisites: 1.00 or more credits in biological sciences; ENVB*3090, (ENVB*3110 or equivalent)

ENVB*4270 Insect Biosystematics F(2-3) [0.50]

A study of the lesser known groups of native insects and an introduction to taxonomic procedure and the principles of insect systematics. A collection of at least 500 insects is required.

ENVB*4420 Problems in Environmental Biology S,F,W(0-6) [0.50]

Students will select a research problem in an area of special interest. Direction will be given by a faculty member concerned with entomology-apiculture, applied microbiology, weed science and environmental physiology, plant pathology, etc., as represented within the department. For 7th and 8th semester students considering graduate studies.

Prerequisites: 1.50 credits at the 3000 level in the agricultural and biological sciences and the permission of the course supervisor

ENVB*4550 Ecotoxicological Risk Characterization W(3-0) [0.50]

A biologically based, advanced course that will give students working knowledge of current processes and techniques for ecotoxicological risk characterization. The course material will cover the topics of problem definition, dose response characterization, exposure characterization, risk assessment, and risk management decision making. Also listed as 94-455.

Prerequisites: ENVB*3030, TOX*2000
Exclusions: TOX*4550

ENVB*4780 Forest Ecology F(2-2) [0.50]

Principles of forest ecology with emphasis on the ecological principles needed for sound forest management. Biotic and abiotic components of forest ecosystems will be discussed in the context of energy flow, nutrient cycling, forest succession and appropriate silvicultural systems.

Prerequisites: ENVB*2030, 0.50 credit in biology

ENVB*4800 Topics in Applied Biology F(2-2) [0.50]

An integrated overview of those areas of applied biology that are of special interest to environmentalists. The material will be directed toward students majoring in Environmental Biology and Environmental Protection. Lectures and discussions will be presented by faculty and other professionals from research, business, education and technical fields. Students will conduct seminars on selected topics.

Prerequisites: 1.50 credits at the 3000 level in the agricultural or biological sciences

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