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PLANNING YOUR COURSE ENROLLMENT? OR LOOKING TO TAKE A COURSE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE?

Check out our tentative course schedule, course descriptions, and special topic offerings. Contact our Academic Advisor here if you have any questions or do not meet the prerequisites. 

*Please note that the above teaching schedule is tentative and subject to change. This schedule should only be used for enrolment planning.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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Introduces students to the study of environmental science. Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems.

Introductory Instructor Video: Click HERE

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisite: None

Students who have completed EVSC 200 may not complete this course for further credit.

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A survey of environmental science practice that exposes students to what environmental scientists do, with guest lectures from environmental scientists and practitioners across contributing disciplines and workplaces.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisite: EVSC 100

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Provides Environmental Science students the opportunity to investigate an environmental science topic in depth, through lecture and bi-weekly guest speakers from diverse sectors (academia, government, industry and NGOs).

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisite: EVSC 201W.

Students with credit for EVSC 399 or EVSC 499 may not take this course for further credit.

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Introduces EVSC students to lab and field methods used in the study of environmental science.

Course Credits: 4

PrerequisiteEVSC 100 and 50 units.

Students with credit for EVSC 205 or EVSC 491W may not take this course for further credit.

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In this course, you will use both physical and biological science approaches to watershed science. A watershed is an area that drains into a waterbody. Watersheds encompass terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and deliver many services that humans rely on, from clean water and flood protection to carbon storage and provisioning of food and materials. 

Course Credits: 4

Prerequisites:
 EVSC 100 or permission of the instructor and one of the following: BISC 204REM 211, or GEOG 215

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Topics covered include differences in ocean environments, concepts in ocean physics (waves, currents), the chemistry of plastics (sources, manufacturing, disposal, recycling, degradation in the environment), effects of plastics in the environment (organismal to ecosystem level), challenges to detect and quantify plastic pollution, state of the ocean at this point and projected into the future, possible solutions (mechanical, social, political) and pitfalls.

Introductory Instructor Video: Click HERE

Course Credits: 3

Course Type: Special Topics in Environmental Science 

Prerequisites: EVSC 100 and one of BISC 101, CHEM 120, CHEM 121, PHYS 101 or PHYS 120.

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This course provides an introduction to all aspects of air quality management. Topics covered include key air contaminants, air quality and health, regulatory framework, ambient monitoring, source assessment and emerging air quality issues.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: EVSC 100, MATH 150, 151 or 154, PHYS 101 or 120, 60 units, or permission of the instructor.

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Intended to introduce environmental scientists to application of modern data analysis methods. Covers sampling, experimental design, and the analysis of quantitative data collected in the course of environmental monitoring, assessment and restoration programs.

Course Credits: 4

Prerequisite: STAT 100201203205 or 270 or permission of the instructor.

Students with credit for ENV 645 under the title Statistics for Ecological Restoration may not take this course for further credit.

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In this final year course, students from all Environmental Science concentrations will integrate their disciplinary, science backgrounds to solve environmental problems. Project-based coursework will promote collaborative group work, emphasizing research skills, data analysis, scientific writing and communication, preparing students for employment as Environmental Scientists.

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Course Credits: 4

Prerequisite: EVSC 300 and EVSC 305.

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Ecogeomorphology is the interdisciplinary study of watersheds that integrates geomorphology, hydrology and ecology to facilitate new understandings of landscapes and ecosystems by bridging dominant paradigms from a number of disciplines. In this course, students will learn concepts including but not limited to geomorphology, hydrology, coding and modeling skills, and more! 

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: GEOG 111 or EASC 101; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; and a minimum of 60 units. GEOG 213 is recommended.

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Independent study on environmental topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. A directed study proposal must be completed and approved by the instructor and the EVSC Director prior to registration.

Directed Studies Application Form: Click HERE

Course Credits: Variable Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Prerequisite: 60 units, 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Students with credit for ENV 391/491 may not take this course for further credit. Students may take this course only once. 

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Independent research on an environmental science topic, undertaken under the supervision of SFU faculty with the permission of the EVSC Director.

Course Credits: 4

PrerequisiteEVSC 305, 90 units and consent of EVSC Director.