Environmental Education Minor

This minor develops teacher skills in environmental and outdoor education programs from kindergarten through grade 12, and in the organization and operation of residential and day centre outdoor education, wilderness outdoor recreation, and other interdisciplinary environmental school programs.

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Lower Division Requirements

Students complete nine units selected from the following:

BISC 102 - General Biology (4)

General Biology

BISC 102

Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Prerequisite: High school biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better. Breadth-Science.

EDUC 240 - Social Issues in Education (3)

Social Issues in Education

EDUC 240

Social functions of the school; education and socialization; social, political, economic and cultural influences on the institutions and practices of education. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts.

GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

Our World: Introducing Human Geography

GEOG 100

A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

GEOG 111 - Earth Systems (3)

Hydrology

GEOG 311

Introduction to the hydrologic cycle, with an emphasis on the hydrology of British Columbia; description and analysis of the processes of water movement and storage measurements and analysis of hydrologic data. Prerequisite: GEOG 213 or 214; GEOG 251 or one of STAT 201, 203 (formerly 103), 205, or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 215 - The Biosphere (3)*

The Biosphere

GEOG 215

An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system. Prerequisite: GEOG 111.

GEOG 241 - People, Place, Society (3)

People, Place, Society

GEOG 241

An introduction to key concepts and contexts in contemporary geographical approaches to social practices, meanings, and struggles. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

BPK 142 - Introduction to Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Introduction to Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

BPK 142

Survey of theories and laboratory procedures for assessing human health status and physical performance, including biomechanics, body composition, development, environmental physiology, ergonomics, exercise physiology and motor learning. Functional anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal and skeletal muscle systems in relation to physical activity are explored. Prerequisite: One of Grade 12 Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics with a grade of C or better; or one of BPK 105, BPK 110, BPK 143, BISC 100, BISC 113 or HSCI 100 with a grade of C or better. Breadth-Science.

PHIL 105 - Critical Thinking (3)

Critical Thinking

PHIL 105

An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not. Open to all students. Students with credit for PHIL XX1 may not take this course for further credit. Q/Breadth-Social Sci/Sciences.

PHIL 120W - Moral and Legal Problems (3)

Moral and Legal Problems

PHIL 120W

A critical examination of a range of moral and legal issues we confront in our dealings with the state and our fellow human beings, such as: Is it wrong to break the law? Should pornography and recreational drugs be illegal? Do animals have rights? Is there a duty to admit immigrants? Are there duties to the world's poor? Are indigenous peoples owed reparations? Students with credit for PHIL 120 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

PSYC 106 - Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society (3)

Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society

PSYC 106

Relates contemporary knowledge from psychology to current social problems. Provides relevant information from studies pertaining to problems such as attitude development, prejudice, race relations, addiction, behaviour technology, and family pathology. Course can be repeated for credit. See psychology department website for course description. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. Breadth-Social Sciences.

SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Introduction to Sociology (S)

SA 150

Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

* students with credit for GEOG 215 may not receive credit for BISC 204

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

Students complete a minimum of 15 units including:

EDUC 452 - Environmental Education (8)

Environmental Education

EDUC 452

Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. Includes a laboratory component. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. A field activity fee will be levied in this course. Normally offered in summer term only. Students with credit for EDUC 454, REM 452, or ENV 452 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 401W/402W or Corequisite: EDUC 403. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

and at least two of:

BISC 306 - Invertebrate Biology (4)

Invertebrate Biology

BISC 306

An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology. Prerequisite: BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 317 - Insect Biology (3)

Insect Biology

BISC 317

Life histories, bionomics, comparative morphology, and classification of insects and related organisms. A collection may be required, depending on instructor. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 337 - Plant Biology (4)

Plant Biology

BISC 337

An introductory course covering many aspects of plant biology including the origin and evolution of plants, basic anatomy, plant growth and development and the utilization and impact of plants in human society. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

EDUC 311 - Foundations in Indigenous Education, Language, and Culture (3)

Foundations in Indigenous Education, Language, and Culture

EDUC 311

An introduction to Indigenous education in Canada and BC. There will be a critical examination of historical and contemporary issues in education and an exploration of culturally based Indigenous education grounded in Indigenous philosophies. Prerequisite: 60 units. Breadth-Humanities.

EDUC 412W - Designs for Learning: Secondary Language Arts (4)

Designs for Learning: Secondary Language Arts

EDUC 412W

Focuses on teaching secondary school language arts and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of language arts education. Students examine their own thinking about language arts education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for young adults within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Writing.

EDUC 414 - Designs for Learning: Secondary Social Studies (4)

Designs for Learning: Secondary Social Studies

EDUC 414

Focuses on teaching secondary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education. Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for young adults within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 415 - Designs for Learning: Secondary Mathematics (4)

Designs for Learning: Secondary Mathematics

EDUC 415

Focuses on teaching secondary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: One of MATH 152, 155, or 158, and either EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Quantitative.

EDUC 416 - Designs for Learning: Secondary Science (4)

Designs for Learning: Secondary Science

EDUC 416

Focuses on teaching secondary school science. Students explore the sciences and aspects of learning science; examine their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 457 - Drama and Education (4)

Drama and Education

EDUC 457

Deals with theory, curricula and methodologies in drama education. Topics will include a selection from the following: aims of drama education; drama as methodology; role of the teacher in the drama classroom; evaluating students in drama classes; creative drama; the use of improvisation and storytelling; incorporating film and video work into drama classes; developing major projects with students such as choral dramatization, docudrama, anthology, and readers theatre; introducing scene work, stagecraft, and theatre history. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 459 - Instructional Activities in Physical Education (4)

Instructional Activities in Physical Education

EDUC 459

Focuses on theory and curriculum of school physical education programs. Emphasis is given to the movement education orientation as it pertains to the various program activities and approaches applicable to primary, intermediate and secondary levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 471 - Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice

EDUC 471

Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas. Prerequisite: 60 units.

EDUC 472 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts

EDUC 472

Focuses on developing knowledge, skills and strategies to create a rich and stimulating language arts program in the elementary classroom. Issues in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be examined through current theory and teaching practice. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 473W - Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Designs for Learning: Reading

EDUC 473W

Offers theoretical and practical information about teaching reading in K-12 general education settings. Students with credit for EDUC 473 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Writing.

EDUC 474 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Social Studies (4)

Designs for Learning: Elementary Social Studies

EDUC 474

Focuses on teaching elementary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education.Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for children within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 475 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics

EDUC 475

Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check. Quantitative.

EDUC 476 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Science (4)

Designs for Learning: Elementary Science

EDUC 476

Focuses on teaching elementary school science. Students explore science, aspects of learning science, and their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 477 - Designs for Learning: Art (4)

Designs for Learning: Art

EDUC 477

Introduces students to the main ideas, skills, materials, resources, understandings and organizational concerns involved in teaching art in schools. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 478 - Designs for Learning: Music (4)

Designs for Learning: Music

EDUC 478

Designed for in-service and pre-service teachers who would like to acquire the skills that will allow them to teach music competently and creatively. They will learn basic conducting techniques, design their own curriculums and have an opportunity to prepare and teach their own lesson plans. Previous musical experience is welcome, but not required. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 480 - Designs for Learning: French as a Second Language (4)

Designs for Learning: French as a Second Language

EDUC 480

Deals with a variety of approaches, teaching strategies and curricula, for teaching French as a second language in elementary and secondary schools. Students with credit for EDUC 480W may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 481 - Designs for Learning: French Immersion Programs and Francophone Schools (4)

Designs for Learning: French Immersion Programs and Francophone Schools

EDUC 481

Focuses on research and theories of language learning in bilingual programs and minority contexts, pedagogical approaches and curricula for teaching in French Immersion programs and Francophone elementary and secondary schools. Instruction given in French. Students with credit for EDUC 481W may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 (French Immersion) or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 482 - Designs for Learning: Information Technology (4)

Designs for Learning: Information Technology

EDUC 482

Students will develop a critical understanding of information technologies in education and learn how to integrate these technologies into classroom settings. An emphasis is on teaching strategies and methods as they complement the guidelines set forth in the BC Information Technology Curriculum. Prerequisite: 60 units.

EDUC 493 - Directed Studies in Environmental Education (4)

Directed Studies in Environmental Education

EDUC 493

A multidisciplinary approach for educators in formal and informal settings with an interest in learning more about environmental issues. Students will consider multiple perspectives on the goals, values and interdisciplinary nature of environmental education, review locally available curricular materials and obtain a grounding in appropriate models for learning and teaching environmental topics. Prerequisite: 60 units and a CGPA of 3.0, EDUC 452, consent of supervising faculty member, and approval of the director of undergraduate programs. Applications are available in the undergraduate programs office.

GEOG 377 - Environmental History (4)

Environmental History

GEOG 377

Examines the reciprocal influences between humans and nature through time. Topics may include settlement, agriculture, technology, politics, urbanization, science, and conservation. Students with credit for HIST 377 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.

GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)

City and Environment

GEOG 449

The city as human-natural system; its processes and interactions in urban environmental policy and practice; with attention to historical and theoretical context. Prerequisite: 60 units and one of GEOG 362, 363, SCD 301 or SD 381.

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