This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2020 to April 2021.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2020-2021, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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EVSC 110.3: Renewable Resources and Environment

Introduces students to renewable resources and their management. Emphasis will be on human use of surface water, groundwater, land and plant resources. The concepts of sustainable use and ecological goods and services will be explored for each resource. The role of each resource as an alternative energy source and the interaction between human use of the resource and global change will also be addressed. Critical assumptions that underlie human use of resources will be discussed in weekly tutorial sessions.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 2 Tutorial hours


EVSC 203.3: Sampling and Laboratory Analysis

An introduction to the principles and practice of sampling and analysis of soils and related environmental materials. This course involves hands-on exercises on field soil and sediment sampling, sample handling, basic laboratory techniques and safety, selected laboratory analyses relevant to environmental science, and basic statistical analysis of data. For this course there will be costs in addition to tuition fees. There are additional non-refundable costs in addition to tuition fees.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Students with credit for EVSC 303 may not take this course for credit. There are additional non-refundable costs in addition to tuition fees.


EVSC 204.1: Soil Sampling Design and Implementation

Soil sampling is an integral part of the environmental and agricultural sciences. Students in this course will learn about how sampling can provide reliable evidence to address various problems and how to design and implement sampling programs. Students will also gain experience in performing basic calculations and in the methods to express variability associated with different soil properties. Exercises throughout the class are drawn from real-world regulatory frameworks.

Prerequisite(s): AGRC 111.3 or GEOG 120.3 or ASKI 101.3
Note: Students with credit for EVSC 203.3 will not receive credit for EVSC 204.1


EVSC 210.3: Environmental Physics

Essential physical concepts and processes (transport and storage of matter and energy) in the environment are introduced through applications and case-studies. Case studies include water cycles, natural and human-induced climate change, and the impact of human activity (industrial and agricultural) on the environment. Practicums are in the form of tutorials. Students will develop the essential ability to solve practical environmental problems through this course.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours


EVSC 220.3: Environmental Soil Science

Focuses on soils as an integrator of a broad range of environmental processes and as a critical component in human induced environmental change. Major topics include the influence of the environment on soil formation and the physical, chemical, and microbial/biochemical soil processes of relevance to environmental science.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): AGRC 111 or 3 credit units GEOG or GEOL.
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of EVSC 220 or SLSC 240.


EVSC 298.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.


EVSC 380.3: Grassland Soils and Vegetation

A five-day field course, plus tutorials early in the term, to study the landscape, soils and vegetation of the prairie ecozone. Emphasis will be on the environmental factors controlling soil and plant distribution, and characterizing relationships among vegetation, soils and landscapes. Basic field skills will be taught, including soil and vegetation classification and sampling. There are additional non-refundable costs in addition to tuition fees.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture/Practicum/Lab hours
Note: There are additional non-refundable costs in addition to tuition fees.
Prerequisite(s): PLSC 213 and either SLSC 240 or EVSC 220 or permission of the instructor
Note: SLSC 232 is recommended. This one-week field course is held the week preceding the start of fall Term One.


EVSC 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.


EVSC 420.3: Environmental Fate and Transport of Toxic Substances

In this lecture/practicum based course, students will learn how to construct a multi-media environmental model using freely available software. Students will be exposed to the fundamental theory of environmental fate modeling with a focus on how contaminant movement and transformation in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere are incorporated into long term environmental fate models. The course is located in a computer lab and the emphasis is on practical construction, implementation and interpretation of fugacity based environmental fate models. Each lecture period consists of a brief theoretical overview followed by application and implementation of the equations into the student's fate model.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 104, 110 or 125; PHYS 115 or EVSC 210; successful completion of 60 credit units of university level courses.


EVSC 421.3: Contaminated Site Management and Remediation

This course will focus on how contaminated sites are managed and remediated for new land uses. Students will learn the theory of how sites are investigated and characterized, how toxicological information is used to estimate the risk to humans and ecosystems, how threats to groundwater are assessed and finally, methods by which these risks and threats are mitigated through remediation approaches. This course will provide students with the skill sets necessary to assess, manage and reduce human and ecological risk at a contaminated site.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of 72 credit units, including EVSC 210.3 or 3 credit units of 100-level PHYS or STAT 245.3 or PLSC 214.3 or GE 210.3.


EVSC 492.3: Research and Term Paper

A technical writing and communications course in which the student investigates a problem relevant to Environmental Science. The focus will be on literature research using electronic and library resources, but original data may be included. A term paper will be written under the guidance of a faculty advisor and results presented in a seminar or as a poster. Communication skills will be addressed in a series of lectures early in the course.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of 75 credit units of university level courses.


EVSC 494.6: Research and Thesis

Students will investigate a problem in Environmental Science using modern laboratory or field methods. An extensive literature review will be prepared utilizing electronic and library resources and a research question will be taken from the literature. Students will develop a hypothesis, design experiments to test the hypothesis, and analyze and interpret their experimental results. Finally, a comprehensive thesis will be written and findings will be presented in a formal seminar or poster. Communication skills will be addressed in a series of lectures at the beginning of the term.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of 75 credit units towards the Environmental Science B.S.A. degree or permission from the Head of the supervising department.


EVSC 498.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.