Spring 2023 - EVSC 100 D100

Introduction to Environmental Science (3)

Class Number: 3083

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby



Introduces students to the study of environmental science. Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems. Tutorials develop core academic skills in environmental science context. Students who have completed EVSC 200 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


EVSC100 introduces students to environmental science: a highly interdisciplinary, collaborative field of research that integrates understanding of physical and biological processes to study both natural and human-influenced environments. This course is organized according to the framework of Planetary Boundaries, which suggests that there are nine human-influenced processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the earth system. Students are first introduced to the earth system and the scientific method. Each lecture of the course subsequently addresses one of the planetary boundaries, highlighting environmental problems and solutions relevant to each boundary.

This course is offered in person, with a 2-hour lecture and 1-hour Tutorial every week. You are expected to attend each lecture and tutorial session.


By the end of this course students should be able to:

•Describe key Earth system cycles, properties and processes and, in the context of the planetary boundaries framework
•Examine the fundamental processes affecting the cycling of water through Earth's systems.
•Examine the ways natural and human-induced environmental processes influence terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem dynamics.
•Examine how interacting earth systems such as the atmosphere and biosphere affect natural and human-modified environments.
•Critically explore solutions to the environmental problems raised by the Planetary Boundary framework.
•Demonstrate enhanced skills in communication, research, and critical thinking.
•Demonstrate improved data, scientific, and environmental literacy.


  • Class engagement activities 10%
  • Tutorial worksheets 35%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 30%


•A laptop or tablet for use in Tutorial

•Microsoft Office software (Word and Excel). Available for free download from SFU; see link on Canvas.
If there are any changes in this outline, the Instructor will provide students with a statement setting out those changes within the first week of classes.



Environmental Science: a Canadian perspective by Bill Freeman (2018).  https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/handle/10222/74278


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Registrar Notes:


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