Graduate Courses

Overview

 

Current Graduate Course Offerings

Current graduate course offerings are updated regularly throughout the year. New special topics courses may be added in the month prior to the start of the semester, so please check back regularly to ensure you are aware of all courses that are on offer. 

Course offerings for the current and next semester are listed through WebAdvisor.  Students must register for courses through WebAdvisor (see Tutorial).  You may also search for course availability by semester through WebAdvisor.  If scheduling information is not provided in WebAdvisor, please contact the instructor for scheduling information.

 

General Information about SES Graduate Courses

Students can choose from 29 discipline-specific seminar-based courses (9 of which are alternate-year offerings and 7 of which are cross-listed with fourth-year undergraduate courses), 5 special topics courses, and 6 experiential courses. Note that 9 of the seminar based courses are offered in alternate years and sometimes, courses will not be offered if the faculty is on sabbatical. 

Seminar-based courses
Seminar based courses are most often focused on a specific topic that fits into one of the following three areas: earth and atmospheric science, ecosystem science and biodiversity, and plant and environmental health. The course format usually involves weekly seminars where students and the faculty discuss key readings about a specific topic.
Special topics courses (section 01)
Special Topics Courses are often designed to be directed studies with a particular faculty and within the research strengths of the school, namely soil science, environmental earth science, atmospheric science, ecosystem science and biodiversity, and plant and environmental health.  To do a directed studies, you will contact a faculty member in advance to create an individual project of interest as these will require instructor approval (i.e. the faculty advisor you wish to work with). These directed study courses are listed as section 01 when you go to register for the course. If you decide to do a directed studies, you will also need to fill out a learning contract that sets out the learning objectives, method of evaluation and presentation.  Please see below for the learning contracts of each course.
Special topics courses (section 02, 03..) 
Special Topics courses are also sometimes used to offer a seminar course on a trial basis or to provide seminar style courses in lieu of a seminar course that is not on offer that year due to sabbatical leave.   These seminar-based topics courses are listed as separate sections (e.g. section 02, 03 etc) and with a specific title when you go to register for these courses.  Examples of these seminar style special topics courses include: Conservation Biology, Environmental Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Risk Communication, Hydrology of Impacted Landscapes, and Pesticide Toxicology and Policy.  These seminar based topics courses will be widely advertised in advance, watch this site for updates.
Experiential courses
These experiential courses are designed to have significant hands-on learning with in-lab skills development and/or field-technique training. These courses include Soil Survey and Interpretation, Biogeochemistry of Wetlands, Forest Ecosystem Patterns and Processes, multiple stressors in the Great Lakes, and a course in meteorological instrumentation.

You can also choose courses offered by other departments or Schools on campus.  Here is a list of courses offered outside of SES that may be of interest to Environmental Science graduate students

Please see this link to the Graduate Calendar for a list of all graduate courses: http://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/current/apdxa/index.shtml

 

Learning Contracts for Special Topics directed studies courses(section 01)

These forms need to be submitted to Lorena Barker (sesugrad@uoguelph.ca) after you register into one of the Special Topics course (section 01).

 

Other Course Forms

For all other forms related to graduate courses, please select Graduate Records Forms on the Graduate studies Forms and Document webpage

 

Contact Information

For more information or to discuss what courses might best suit your career goals, please consult with the MES coordinator (for all students in the courses only MES program) or your faculty advisor (for all MSc and PhD students and all students in the courses + research project MES program). 

SES MES program Coordinator

Prof. John Lauzon
email: lauzonj@uoguelph.ca
phone: 1-519-824-4120 ext. 52459
office location: ALEX 214