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School of Resource and Environmental Management | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

Resource and Environmental Management Minor

Admission Requirements

All students must be in good academic standing, and must obtain approval from the REM Academic Advisor in order to be enrolled in the REM Minor.

Note: Resource and Environmental Management Bachelor of Environment students are not eligible for the REM Minor.

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of 2 lower division courses and 5 upper division REM courses in the REM Minor.

Lower Division Requirements

Complete one of

REM 100 - Global Change (3)

This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology will be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Pascal Haegeli
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D104
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D105
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D107
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D108
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D110
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
EVSC 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marnie Branfireun
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5240, Surrey
D101 Marnie Branfireun
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D102 Marnie Branfireun
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D103 Marnie Branfireun
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D300 Tara Holland
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D301
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D302
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D304
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D305
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D306
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7440, Burnaby
D307
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7440, Burnaby
D308
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

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-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jason Young
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D200 Jason Young
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
GEOG 111 - Earth Systems (3)

An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tara Holland
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D103
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D104
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D105
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D106
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D107
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D108
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1011, Burnaby
D110
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby

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REM 200 - Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management in Canada (3)

Explores the natural and social science foundations of resource and environmental management and demonstrates how that knowledge can be used in environmental decision-making. Provides a basic understanding of the nature and management of natural resources, strategic thinking for environmental planning, socio-economic and biophysical trade-offs in natural resource decision making and approaches for addressing uncertain knowledge. Prerequisite: One of REM 100, GEOG 100 or 111, or EVSC 100; and 30 units. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

Upper Division Requirements

Complete one of

REM 311 - Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (3) *

Students will learn to apply the ecological concepts introduced in prereq courses to applied ecological problems at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on processes which drive ecological dynamics, on recognizing those processes and dynamics in applied contexts, and on interpreting ecological data. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Harrison
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
REM 321 - Ecological Economics (4) *

Introduces students to the concepts and methods of ecological economics. Provides students with grounding in the core principles of conventional economics applied to the environment but then extends this to the integration of economics and ecology to create a new ecological-economic understanding of environmental change and sustainability. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for ENV 321 cannot take REM 321 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonn Axsen
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D102
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D103
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D105
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
REM 356W - Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Environmental Management (3) *

This course provides an overview of some basic legislation, agencies, and policies which currently are in use to regulate the natural environment at the international, nation, provincial, regional, and local levels. Its purpose is to present a basic set of evaluative questions which can be used to address the effectiveness and efficiency of the environmental regulatory and management systems currently in use. Prerequisite: REM 100. Students with credit for REM 356 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andreanne Doyon
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby

Complete two of

REM 311 - Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (3) *

Students will learn to apply the ecological concepts introduced in prereq courses to applied ecological problems at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on processes which drive ecological dynamics, on recognizing those processes and dynamics in applied contexts, and on interpreting ecological data. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Harrison
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
REM 319 - Environmental Law (3)

Provides a practical introduction to the legal system governing the use and protection of the environment in Canada. A central theme is the difference between the law on paper and the law in practice. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students who have taken ENV 399-3 "Special Topics in Enviromental Law" in 2012 may not enroll in this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENV 319 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Benjamin Jones
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2245, Vancouver
REM 321 - Ecological Economics (4) *

Introduces students to the concepts and methods of ecological economics. Provides students with grounding in the core principles of conventional economics applied to the environment but then extends this to the integration of economics and ecology to create a new ecological-economic understanding of environmental change and sustainability. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for ENV 321 cannot take REM 321 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonn Axsen
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D102
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D103
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D105
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
REM 350 - Sustainable Energy and Materials Management (4)

Takes an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable management of society's energy and materials flows. Topics range from thermodynamics and estimates of global resources to market-based policies and governance Institutions. Peak oil, renewable energy and carbon capture and storage are also discussed. The role for green consumerism in light of climate challenge are highlighted. Prerequisite: 45 units.

REM 355 - Sustainable Transportation Management (3)

Explores trends in the transportation sector according to a resource and environmental management perspective, including air quality and greenhouse gas impacts. The perspective is interdisciplinary, organized around transitions to alternative fuels, efficiency and reduced vehicle use. Skills to be developed include sustainability management, lifecycle analysis and policy analysis. Prerequisite: 45 units or permission of instructor.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonn Axsen
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1012, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D102
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
REM 356W - Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Environmental Management (3) *

This course provides an overview of some basic legislation, agencies, and policies which currently are in use to regulate the natural environment at the international, nation, provincial, regional, and local levels. Its purpose is to present a basic set of evaluative questions which can be used to address the effectiveness and efficiency of the environmental regulatory and management systems currently in use. Prerequisite: REM 100. Students with credit for REM 356 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andreanne Doyon
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
REM 363 - Special Topics (3)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D500 Tammara Soma
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby
D501 Tammara Soma
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby
REM 370 - Global Resource Issues in Oceanography (4)

Introduces principles of oceanography, including ocean circulation, ocean carbon cycling, nutrients and biological productivity, oceans and the climate system, and ocean resource contributions to global food supply. Provides basic understanding of ocean resource management including transportation, recreation, fisheries, and mining. Prerequisite: EVSC 100, or GEOG 111, or REM 100, and 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Karen Kohfeld
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
SECB 1011, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D102
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D103
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
REM 375 - Ecology and Conservation of Coastal BC (3)

Investigates the ecosystems and environmental challenges of coastal British Columbia. Examines the major flora and fauna, fundamental ecological principles, anthropogenic drivers of change, and the role of applied science in conservation and management. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Harrison
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D103
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
REM 381 - Building Sustainable Communities: Concepts and Cases (4)

Engages students in how to plan and cultivate sustainability at the community and city level, taking into consideration the environmental, economic, and social aspects of development. Explores and analyzes policy instruments, planning tools, and strategies from around the world for engaging people and institutions in building sustainable communities. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or SD 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steve Conrad
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver

Complete two of

REM 406 - Indigenous People and Co-management (4)

Introduces several basic co-management models, a framework for analyzing conditions which permit co-management institutions to develop and thrive, the dilemmas of communities involved in co-management and the challenges for governments working with them, with special but not exclusive attention to Canadian Indigenous communities. Prerequisite: REM 356 and 75 units.

REM 407 - Indigenous Governance and Resource Relationships (4)

Explores diverse Indigenous perspectives on governance, resource, land and water management, intergovernmental relations and economic development in the context of contemporary settler colonialism in Canada. Skills include critical thinking, anti-colonial, economic, political and policy analyses. Prerequisite: 75 units or permission of instructor.

REM 412 - Environmental Modeling (4)

Students receive hands-on experience in the construction and analysis of computer simulation models of environmental and ecological systems and problems. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; and 60 units. Quantitative.

REM 423 - Research Methods in Fisheries Assessment (4)

Introduction to quantitative methods for providing scientific advice on the status, productivity and effects of fishing of fish stocks. Includes development and application fish population dynamics models, data analysis, and the quantification of uncertainty. Focus will be primarily on biological aspects of fisheries assessment while illustrating how these interface with economic, social and institutional concerns of management agencies. Prerequisite: BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; MATH 151 or 154 or 157 or equivalent; and 60 units.

REM 427 - Avalanche Risk Management (4)

Interdisciplinary introduction to snow avalanches and the management of the associated risks. Embedded in an overall risk management framework, the course discusses the physics of avalanche formation, identification and characterization of avalanche terrain, the fundamentals of hazard assessment, and mitigation approaches in different contexts with practical examples from in Canada. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157 and one of STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent, and 60 units; or permission of the instructor.

REM 445 - Environmental Risk Assessment (4)

Students receive theory and practical experience in the control and management of hazardous substances in the environment. This includes the application of techniques used to assess toxicological, ecological and human health risks of contaminants within the current regulatory framework. Prerequisite: MATH 151 or 154 or 157; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; and 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Frank Gobas
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D103
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
REM 446 - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (4)

Theory and practice of environmental and social impact assessment. The course will review and critically evaluate the regulatory frameworks, institutions and methods associated with impact assessment for resource and industrial development, transportation, public utilities, regional planning and public policy, using examples from British Columbia and Canada. Prerequisite: REM 100 or 200 and 75 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Murray Rutherford
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D101
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
REM 454 - Water Security (4)

Students investigate dimensions of the global environmental crisis related to water security, including: human rights, political science, development economics, gender policies, geopolitics, regional integration and security, international law, national legislation, public health, trade, agriculture, energy generation, and water resources management. Prerequisite: 75 units and REM 100 or EVSC 100 or GEOG 100.

REM 471 - Forest Ecosystem Management (4)

Forests are critical components of the earth system and provide diverse ecological services. They are also a source of conflict regarding their conservation and use. Students will examine the problems of managing forest ecosystems for a variety of societal goals and objectives. We begin by examining the ecological characteristics of forest ecosystems and follow with a focus on the objectives and tools of forest management. The final section of the course will examine institutions, economics, and policy related to forests, with a focus on British Columbia's historical and current management issues. This course will involve lectures, group discussions, field trips, and exercises. Prerequisite: One of REM 100, or GEOG 100 or 111, or EVSC 100 or BISC 102; and 45 units.

REM 481 - Sustainable Communities Leadership Lab (4)

Students develop the skills to lead change toward sustainability at the community level. Starting with a process of analyzing a particular social or environmental challenge, and using a collaborative approach, they develop a promising idea into a feasible plan for a project or social enterprise. Prerequisite: 60 units and SD 281 or REM 281 or SD 201 or DEVS 201 or SCD 201 or REM 201. Students with credit for SCD 401 or REM 401 or SD 481 may not complete this course for further credit.

*Note: REM 311, 321 and 356W appear in two requirement lists; however, each course may only be used to meet one of the above upper division requirements.

General University regulations also apply.