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ENVS 100s


ENVS 105 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014371
Environmental Sustainability and Ethics
This course examines and evaluates the reasons why the compatibility of commercial activity, ethics and environmental stewardship has been challenged or defended by stakeholders in government, business and civil society organizations. Concepts and activities by which stakeholders describe and debate this compatibility will be discussed. Different cultural perspectives on the compatibility debate will be considered, compared and evaluated. Case studies will test whether and to what extent compatibility may be defended adequately. Private and non-profit enterprises will be considered.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Environment students or departmental consent

ENVS 131 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013019
Communications for Environmental Professions
This course provides an introduction to strategies and tools that enhance the effectiveness and impact of communications for environmental professionals. The course focuses on topics such as effective presentation methods in small or large group settings, digital presentation techniques, media relations, and corporate communications strategies.

ENVS 178 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 005261
Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
Introduction to methods of collecting, evaluating and using evidence in environmental studies. Descriptive statistics (measures of centre, variation and shape; measures of association between two variables) and probability theory as it relates to inferential statistics (distributions, confidence intervals). Skill development in using spreadsheets for data display and analysis.
Prereq: Not open to students in the Faculty of Mathematics

ENVS 195 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 005262
Introduction to Environmental Studies
This course introduces the field of environmental studies through an exploration of environmental issues that contribute to crises and challenges at the global, national and local levels. The course provides an overview of human ecological aspects of environmental studies from an inter-cultural and global perspective, and offers an integrative framework for understanding them.
Antireq: EARTH 122

ENVS 200s


ENVS 200 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 005263
Field Ecology
Introduces the main concepts and principles of ecology; the cycling of elements; energetics and structural organization of major ecological systems; population dynamics; impact of natural resource management practices and urban and industrial development on the environment; incorporating environmental quality considerations into development activities. The lab sessions include field trips to study natural and disturbed ecosystems, urban and applied ecology.
[Note: Field trip fee normally $25+HST; will not exceed $40+HST. WHMIS required.]
Prereq: Level at least 1B

ENVS 201 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 005264
Introduction to Canadian Environmental Law
Introduction to the basic legal framework that regulates the natural environment in Canada. The course provides students with an understanding of the foundational legal institutions in Canada and their respective roles in environmental regulation. The course includes both public and private law approaches to environmental regulation, and covers the principal regulatory tools used to protect the environment.
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: (For Mathematics Students only) AFM 231/LS 283, BUS 231W, CIVE 491, GENE 411, ME 401, MTHEL 100/COMM 231

ENVS 220 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 005266
Ecological Economics
Evaluation of various economic approaches to the environment. The links between economics, systems and the natural environment will be explored and future directions examined.

ENVS 274 FLD,LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015035
Special Topics in Environment
This special topics course covers material relevant to all students in the Faculty of Environment. Course content is not specific to an individual program and is specified by the instructor at the level indicated by the course number.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

ENVS 278 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 005271
Advanced Environmental Research Methods
Advanced methods for collecting, evaluating and using evidence in environmental studies. Builds upon ENVS 178 by introducing statistical research designs, inferential statistics (confidence intervals, parametric and nonparametric hypothesis tests), and the linear regression model and extensions. Skill development in using statistical software and spreadsheets for data analysis and modeling of environmental phenomena.
Prereq: ENVS 178; Environment students only.
Antireq: ARTS 280, ECON 221, SDS 250R, KIN 222, PSCI 314, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SOC 280, STAT 202, 206, 211, 221, 231, 241

ENVS 300s


ENVS 374 FLD,LEC,SEM,WSP 0.50Course ID: 015034
Special Topics in Environment
This special topics course covers material relevant to all students in the Faculty of Environment. Course content is not specific to an individual program and is specified by the instructor at the level indicated by the course number.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

ENVS 395 LEC 2.50Course ID: 005290
Study Abroad
Study abroad for academic transfer credit under a Faculty of Environment Exchange Program.
Department Consent Required

ENVS 400s


ENVS 400 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014975
First Peoples and Business Development
This course examines the cultural, legal, constitutional, geographical and economic context of business development among, with and within First Nations', Métis and Inuit communities.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

ENVS 401 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005294
Aboriginal Law and Natural Resource Development
Detailed consideration of recent developments in Canadian environmental and resources regulatory regimes.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

ENVS 433 FLD 1.00Course ID: 005299
Ecotourism and Communities
A field course typically based out of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville, Ontario. The course focuses on the philosophical, socio-cultural, health, and ecological dimensions of ecotourism, and the skills and practices necessary for planning and managing ecotourism for community development and well-being. The course will involve one or more overnight excursions to ecotourism destinations in the Muskoka or Haliburton region.
[Note: Field Trip Fee: $500.00+HST to $1500.00+HST]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 230
(Cross-listed with REC 433)

ENVS 444 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012661
Ecosystem and Resource Management in Parks/Natural Areas
From the local to the national level, this course examines the role of protecting and managing terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. This course also examines the tension between the development of natural resources and conservation by exploring a variety of major themes including biodiversity, ecological integrity and restoration. Normally analytical and field-based activities will be included as well as guest lectures from professionals working in the fields of conservation and protected areas.
Prereq: ENVS 200 or BIOL 150; Level at least 3A;
Antireq: REC 437

ENVS 469 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005302
Landscape Ecology, Restoration and Rehabilitation
Survey of the major concepts and theories of landscape ecology. Application of these concepts to case studies in restoration and/or rehabilitation. Interaction with professionals from government, NGOs or private industry on ecological issues will also be part of the course. The course includes a practical component on the planning of ecological restoration or rehabilitation projects.
[Note: Field trip fee based on destination; will not exceed $100+HST]
Prereq: ERS 211 or ERS 335; Level at least 4A

ENVS 474 LAB,PRJ,SEM,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012288
Special Topics in Environmental Studies
This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.
[Note: Field trip fee may be required]
Instructor Consent Required