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Environmental Sustainability 1033 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability View Details
An introduction to Environmental Sustainability. Students will apply interdisciplinary strategies to address, in a collaborative setting, complex problems with respect to environmental issues, such as pollution, waste management, and energy efficiency. Special consideration will be given to Aboriginal cultural and ethical perspectives with respect to the land.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 1913 First Work Term View Details
The student will participate in Pre- and Post-Work Term Preparation sessions and activities as designated by the Department. Once placed, the student is responsible for meeting the academic requirements of the work term (e.g. Job Description and Training Plan, Performance Appraisal, Work Term Report).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by Environmental Sustainability majors.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 2033 Inquiry into Environmental Methods View Details
Students will be introduced to theoretical and practical aspects of tools and techniques used in environmental research. Themes include Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures and certifications, Geographical Information Systems, basic scientific methods, and tools and techniques used in quantitative as well as qualitative research in the environmental field.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 1033 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 2111 Environmental Thought and Policy View Details
Students will examine both applied and practical environmental philosophy in the study of human-environment interactions. Various principles and policies for analyzing assumptions, methods and environmental movements such as ecofeminism, bioregionalism and environmental pragmatism, will be studied.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Environmental Sustainability 2913 Second Work Term View Details
Once placed, the student is responsible for meeting the academic requirements of the work term (e.g. Job Description and Training Plan, Performance Appraisal, Work Term Report).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 1913
Notes: May only be taken by Environmental Sustainability majors.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3013 Field School in Environmental Sustainability I View Details
Students will participate in a five to seven day excursion, or a series of day excursions, to examine ecological, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the environment. Sites visited will vary depending on the central theme chosen for the course. The field component is followed by a classroom component involving identification and assessment of concepts, and issues, arising from the field excursion, oral presentations and discussions, and the submission of a research essay.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 2033 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Notes: 1. An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for this course (to cover travel and accommodation costs). 2. The normal start time for this course is late August or early September and will be before the beginning of the fall term.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3033 Aquatic Resources Planning and Management View Details
Students will investigate biological, chemical and physical aspects of aquatic resources and human control systems. Emphasis will be placed on complex management challenges, derived from the interaction between the water cycle and human control agencies. Major themes include water supply, water quality, hydropower, flood control, and Aboriginal issues with respect to water resources. Each theme will be examined across a range of scales, technologies, and communities.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 1033 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3053 Inquiry into Environmental Conservation View Details
Students will be introduced to environmental conservation concepts, theories, issues and strategies. Major themes will include environmental law, management, and Aboriginal-government relations. Lectures will discuss historical (including traditional Aboriginal perspectives), conceptual, empirical, and experimental approaches to environmental conservation. Oral presentations, written reports and investigative assignments will include case studies as well as the practical application of conservation principles.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 2033 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3073 Environmental Biotechnology View Details
Students will investigate current technical, cultural, and ethical issues in environmental biotechnology, including plant biotechnology and genetically modified foods, mammalian cloning, reproductive technologies, gene therapies, drug development and approval processes, implications of cloning to biodiversity and lateral gene flow, and bioremediation using genetically modified organisms.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Biology 1130 and 2711 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3111 Energy and the Environment View Details
Students will examine the interconversion and utilization of energy, traditional and alternative sources, consumption and waste of energy in the industrial society, energy intensity of food production, strategies and technologies for energy efficient construction, impacts on environmental quality and human health.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Environmental Sustainability 3112 Bioremediation View Details
An examination of the development of various bioremediation technologies. Major advantages and limitations of bioremediation are discussed based on the current state of its field applications.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Environmental Sustainability 3113 Biomonitoring of Environment View Details
An in-depth investigation of definitions, concepts, principles and strategies of biomonitoring of the environment. Topics covered include Environmental Specimen Banking (ESB) and the Multi-Markered Bioindication Concept (MMBC), and their role in prophylactic health care.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Environmental Sustainability 3810 Special Topics I View Details
An in-depth study of a selected topic in Environmental Sustainability.
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 3913 Third Work Term View Details
Once placed, the student is responsible for meeting the academic requirements of the work term (e.g. Job Description and Training Plan, Performance Appraisal, Work Term Report).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 2913
Notes: May only be taken by Environmental Sustainability majors.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4010 Seminar in Environmental Sustainability View Details
Students will employ research strategies used in various disciplines to explore complex topics. A proposal for a focused, multi-and/or interdisciplinary research project in the field of Environmental Sustainability will be developed.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Environmental Sustainability 2033 or permission of the Chair of the Department of Sustainability Sciences

Offering: 3-0; 0-0

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Environmental Sustainability 4013 Field School in Environmental Sustainability II View Details
Students are required to complete a minimum of three weeks field program. Location of the project areas may vary from year to year, but, generally regions adjacent to Orillia will be visited. The students will be exposed to a variety of field techniques in interdisciplinary (e.g. biological, geographical and geological) settings and will be required to formalize field observations in reports.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 3013 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Notes: 1. An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for this course (to cover travel and accommodation costs). 2. The normal start time for this course is late August or early September and will be before the beginning of the fall term.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4033 Research in Environmental Sustainability View Details
Students will carry out the research project approved by the instructor in Environmental Sustainability 4010. Students enrolled in the Environmental Sustainability program are required to select their research proposal appropriately in consultation with the Department. Various research clusters will be identified such as Land Management, Water Resources Management, Urbanization, Aboriginal Environmental Concerns, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems, Environmental Manipulation, Conservation Biology, Energy, Biodiversity. A written report and oral presentation will be required.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 4010
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4110 Freshwater Ecology View Details
The ecological, biological and physical properties of various freshwater ecosystems are examined. Field component involves collection of water and sediment samples from lakes and rivers and their biological and chemical characteristics in the lab. Field sampling will include aquatic weeds and benthic sample collections and their analyses in the laboratory.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Biology 2210/Environmental Studies 2210 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 2-3; or 2-3
Notes: An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for this course.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4111 Materials, Manufacturing and Waste View Details
Sustainable manufacturing and waste management are examined throughout the course content. Refining, extraction and production methods of materials are examined, with a focus on the associated long-term implications of the energy required and waste created. The properties of materials will be explored, especially as they define the end of materials’ usable lifespan and impact waste management.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4810 Issues in Environmental Sustainability View Details
An in-depth analysis of a selected topic in Environmental Sustainability. The course will employ interdisciplinary research methods to explore the social, physical, biological and cultural dimensions of Environmental Sustainability. Students will write a research paper as part of the requirement of the course.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: Spring and/or Summer
Notes: Note: May only be taken by Certificate in Environmental Sustainability students and will be offered online.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4901 Honours Thesis in Environmental Sustainability View Details
Each student will design and complete an advanced independent research-based thesis on a selected topic in Environmental Sustainability. Students must verify which Sustainability Sciences faculty member will supervise the research before completing the third year of study. The thesis topic must be approved by the supervisor no later than the second week of September. The student will prepare a written thesis and present a Sustainability Sciences Department seminar.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 2033, and permission of the Chair of the Department of Sustainability Sciences
Notes: Note: Open only to fourth year Honours students.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Environmental Sustainability 4913 Fourth Work Term View Details
Once placed, the student is responsible for meeting the academic requirements of the work term (e.g. Job Description and Training Plan, Performance Appraisal, Work Term Report).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Environmental Sustainability 3913
Notes: May only be taken by Environmental Sustainability majors.
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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