ENV Environment Courses
The perspective scientists bring to the understanding and resolution of environmental concerns having global implications: forest ecosystems, atmospheric ecosystems, and conservation of genetic diversity.
The foundation for students in the programs of the Division of the Environment and in the Environmental Studies Program, Innis College. Draws from relevant environmental domains in an examination of environmental degradation, the responses of various actors and models for a more sustainable society.
The elements of biological diversity and its change in response to climatic, geological and human factors. Examination of ecological phenomena in relation to population, community and ecosystem processes with particular reference to the biomes of Ontario. Descriptive and experimental laboratory studies including some weekend field trips (total cost $50.00). (Provided by the Departments of Botany, Geology and Zoology and the Faculty of Forestry)
This course considers the fundamental chemical and phsyical processes of the Earthís natural environment. The first semester of the course focuses primarily on the atmosphere: its evolution, structure, composition and dynamical character. Particular emphasis is given to a discussion of global climate and the underlying phsyical, chemical and biogeochemical factors that drive climate change. Within this context, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean chemistry, urban air pollution, acid rain and water quality are also discussed. The second semester focuses on the solid Earth: its formulation and evolution, internal dynamics, mantle-core differentiation, volcanism, tectonics and paleoclimate/ice ages. Throughout the course, the operation of the Earth as a coupled physico-chemical system over a range of timescales is emphasized.
A course emphasizing both the role of the environment in shaping human behaviour, and the impact of humans on the environment. Coverage includes human biological and cultural evolution and the diffusion of humans across the globe. It focuses on human environment interactions in North America since the last ice age, and concludes by considering some of the environmental consequences of European settlement. (Offered in alternative, even numbered, years)
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
Instrumental analysis techniques for environmental scientists of all disciplines. In addition to a solid grounding in the theory of each analytical technique, particular emphasis is placed on the laboratory work. In each lab, groups of two students receive instruction from an experienced analyst and acquire hands-on experience using state-of-the-art analytical equipment for most of the techniques covered. These include INAA, XRD, XRF, SEM, AA, ICPOES, GC and IC.
The approaches to environmental issues from a selection of natural science, humanities, and social science disciplines (e.g., Earth Sciences, Philosophy, Economics, and Political Sciences) are introduced, compared and contrasted.
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
Designed to prepare students for original environmental research on topics of current relevance. Development of skills and knowledge particular to interdisciplinary problem solving.
A research course for all students in the Division combining report writing, independent and group-based research on an interdisciplinary topic. Application of skills learned in JIE410H1.
Students participate and report in graduate seminars and faculty research projects or working groups sponsored by the Division, the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG) or the Institute for Environmental Studies.
Students select 0.5 FCE worth of points from activities currently on-going in graduate courses on the environment.
Open only to Specialists in the Division of the Environment who have completed 15 courses. A major scholarly essay demonstrating the studentís ability to integrate the individual course elements from their theme.
A research project or selected topic in an area of environment not otherwise available in the Faculty. A written proposal cosigned by the student and supervisor must be submitted for approval by the Director of the Division normally by 31 May of the previous academic year.
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