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Note: Most ENVR courses are restricted to students in the Environmental Technology program. Refer to published timetables.

ENVR 101 Co-operative Work Experience 1

(6 credits) PS (0,0,0,min. 360 hours/15 weeks)

This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed in an approved workplace assignment. Student learning is monitored and evaluated by Camosun College. Work terms are normally paid. Successful comple­tion counts toward the Co-op and Internship designations.

Prerequisite(s): COOP WEP; and completion of 72 ENVR program credits, including all ENVR courses from the first five academic terms, with a "C+" grade or a cumulative GPA of 4.0 ("B-").

Open to students who have met the co-operative education participation requirements.

ENVR 103 Environmental Microbiology

(2 credits) W (1,2,0,0)

This course focuses on microbiological concepts and practices particularly related to the environment. Topics include: prokaryotic cell structure and function; growth and control, metabolism; sanitary microbiology, microbial ecology and biotechnology. (T)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 124.
Pre or Co-requisite(s): ENVR 110.

ENVR 107 Physical Geography

(3 credits) W (1.5,2,0,0)

Introduces the four components of the global ecosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Within the context of geographic regions, topics discussed are wind circulation, atmospheric pressure, climatic zonation, weather forecasting, vegetational distributions, hydrologic controls (surface and ground), soil development and suitability, tides and currents, stream flow calculations, and ecosystem descriptions. (T)

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100.
Pre or Co-requisite(s): ENVR 110.

ENVR 110 Environmental Seminar

(1 credit) F, W (0,0,1.5,0)

These weekly seminars provide students with the opportunity to extend and apply environmental knowledge and principles and to develop attitudes and values consistent with sustainability. Emphasis will focus on environmental issues, resource jurisdictions, and the communication process through a variety of learning experiences. (T)

Prerequisite(s): English 12, or assessment.

ENVR 140 Fundamentals of GIS

(3 credits) W (1,3,0,0)

This course will expand basic theories of GIS and introduce students to using ArcInfo. They will be exposed to GIS vocabulary, the concepts of topology, and creating, managing and analyzing vector data, and incorporation of attribute data in a tutorial-like setting, using environmental examples to support theories. (T)

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 210.

ENVR 200 Safety in the Environment

(1.5 credits) P (45 hours total)

This course involves modules on VHF radio operation, field survival, WHMIS and trouble shooting with electrical equipment and small motors as well as safe boating practice.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits including ENVR 110.

ENVR 201 Co-operative Work Experience 2

(6 credits) F, W (0,0,0,min 360 hours/15 weeks)

This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed in an approved workplace assignment. Student learning is monitored and evaluated by Camosun College. Work terms are normally paid. Successful completion counts toward the Co-op and Internship designations.

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 101 with a "C+" in all program courses or a minimum cumulative GPA in the program of 4.0 ("B-").

ENVR 202 Geographic Field Techniques

(0.5 credits) P (17 hours total)

This course provides training in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and in orienteering as means of determining 'position' of objects in the environment.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.

ENVR 203 Aquatic Monitoring Techniques

(2 credits) P (36 hours total)

Sampling techniques for monitoring streams, lakes, marine coastlines and oceanic waters will be covered. The course will stress quality assurance (QA) in environmental monitoring, planning and preparation of field programs, and sample collection techniques through classroom instruction and "hands-on" field experience.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.

ENVR 204 Environmental Field Trips

(0.5 credits) P (15 hours total)

Students will visit a fish hatchery, a First Nations Cultural Centre, a sustainable forestry operation, a regular logging operation and an old growth forest.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.

ENVR 205 Soils

(0.5 credit) P (13 hours total)

To introduce students to the genesis and classification of soils according to the Canadian Soil Classification System; to utilize these soil classification skills in combination with vegetation identification capabilities and site description skills to conduct an on-sight Bioterrain Inventory using the BC RIC standards for describing ecosystems in the field. (T)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.

ENVR 206A Environmental Horticulture

(1.5 credits) P (28 hours total)

Through projects, experiments and assignments students will explore the principles of horticulture. Topics include: soil testing, composting, organic gardening, culturing and disseminating biological control agents, plant propagation, greenhouse maintenance, and landscaping with native and xerophytic species. (T)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.

ENVR 206B Environmental Biotechnology

(2 credits) F (42 hours total)

Through experiments and research, students explore the principles and concepts of environmental biotechnology. Topics emphasize microbial biotechnology in relation to the fields of bioremediation and genetic engineering. Students isolate and culture microbial biotechnology agents and perform plant tissue culture experiments. Case studies in industry, agriculture and mining are explored. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 206A.

ENVR 207 Applied Geomorphology

(3 credits) F (2,3,0,0 over 12 weeks)

This is a field-based application of geomorphology in environmental management. Emphasis is on terrain analysis regarding land use, watershed management and site rehabilitation. Topics include erosion, mass wasting, sediment transport, and groundwater, with a site assessment of processes, problems, and management options. Topographical maps and air photos are used. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 107, ENVR 110, GEOG 210.

ENVR 208A Research Project Design

(1 credit) F, W (2,0,0,0 for 8 weeks)

ENVR 208A covers scientific method, research methods, and project design. It also includes instruction on how to start and operate a small environmental consulting business. Elements of the course include time management, budgeting, accounting, business development, proposal writing and project management. (T)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 36 Environmental Technology program credits.

ENVR 208B Sustainability Project

(5 credits) P (0,15,0,0)

Working in small groups, students will identify, design, develop and complete a research project on a sustainable resource management problem. This will demonstrate appropriate ecological principles, research methodology, data management and analysis, environmental impact considerations, substantiated recommendations and requires both an oral and written report. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 208A and completion of at least 36 program courses and comple­tion of all relevant courses as determined by the Chair.

ENVR 209 Waste Management Remediation

(3 credits) P (4,6,0,0)

This course covers pollution control, waste management principles and techniques and the concept of industrial ecology. Particular emphasis is given to hazardous secondary materials management, hazardous spill prevention and clean up, contaminated site remediation and associated legislation. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 110, CHEM 120.

ENVR 210 Aquatic Environments

(3 credits) F (0,4,0,0)

This course compares and contrasts the marine and freshwater environments. Local case studies will be used to illustrate physical, chemical and biological processes and aquatic management issues. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 203.

ENVR 218 Environmental Field Camp

(2 credits) P (24 hours total)

This course is organized as a week-long field camp concentrating on techniques used in forestry, meteorology, fisheries, wildlife management, limnology, and coastal marine assessment. Additional skills include preparing for, and camping in, a semi-wilderness environment and small vessel operation. (T)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 26 Environmental Technology program credits which must include ENVR 110.
Pre or Co-requisite(s): ENVR 200, ENVR 202, ENVR 203, ENVR 205.

ENVR 222 Urban & Regional Environments

(3 credits) W (2,2,0,0)

The course introduces students to the theory and practice of environmental management at the urban and regional scale. Specific management tools are examined, including environmental impact assessment, cost accounting and cost-Benet analysis, economic instruments, ecological footprint analysis, risk management, environmental reporting and auditing, and the ISO 14000 environmental management standard. (T)

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100.

ENVR 229 Quantitative Assessment

(4 credits) F (3,2,0,0)

A study of ecological methodology, experimental design, sampling protocols, statistical analysis of data, and environmental risk analysis. Topics include the application of chi-square analysis, uni- and multivariate analysis, and non-parametric tests. A problem based approach uses data sets from environmental and ecological fields. (T)

Prerequisite(s): MATH 216.

ENVR 233 Co-operative Work Experience 3

(6 credits) F, W, P, S (0,0,0,35)

This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed in an approved workplace assignment. Student learning is monitored and evaluated by Camosun College. Work terms are normally paid. Successful completion counts toward the Co-op and Internship designations.

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 201 with a "C+" in all program courses or a minimum cumulative GPA in the program of 4.0 ("B-"). Upon approval of Co-op department.

ENVR 240 Environmental GIS Applications

(3 credits) F, W (0,4,0,0)

This course introduces the student to the application of GIS to problem solving in the environmental field. A case study approach provides the student with hands-on experience in defining and analyzing real world problems using a variety of GIS analytical techniques. (T)

Prerequisite(s): ENVR 140.

ENVR 242 Vertebrate Diversity & Ecology

(4 credits) W (2,3,0,0)

This course covers the principles of systematics, identification and environmental relationships of selected BC vertebrates with emphasis on animal taxa of ecological and economic value. Labs stress keying and taxonomy and include field trips. Policy, legislation, biodiversity issues and wildlife management principles are discussed throughout the course. (T)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 124.

ENVR 244 Invertebrate Diversity & Ecology

(3 credits) F, W (1,3,0,0)

This course covers the principles of systematics, identification and environmental relationships of selected BC invertebrates with emphasis on animal taxa of ecological and economic value. Labs stress keying, taxonomy, field sampling and include field trips. Policy, legislation, biodiversity issues and wildlife management principles are discussed throughout the course. (T)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 124, BIOL 228.

ENVR 246 Plant Diversity & Ecology

(4 credits) F, W (2,4,0,0)

This course covers the principles of systematics, identification and environmental relationships of selected BC non-vascular and vascular plants, algae and fungi with emphasis on taxa of ecological and economic value. Labs stress keying, taxonomy, field sampling and include field trips. Policy, legislation, biodiversity issues, restoration and ecosystem management principles are discussed throughout the course. (T)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 124, BIOL 228.

ENVR 290 Independent Studies

(1-4 credits) As required (Variable)

Students will carry out a project or curriculum package not available through regular college courses in the Environment program. Content, approach, methodology evaluation and number of credits will be determined by the Chair after consultation with instructors and the student.

Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in Environmental Technology as determined by the Chair.

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