Courses

ENSC414: Global Processes

Large-scale physical and chemical processes are linked with the natural system to explore the implications to society. Provides a broad context for linking economic, social, legal, engineering, scientific, and communication skills and a view of the policy implications from both national and international perspectives. Explores the effects of internal decisions on such aspects as international trade and competitiveness.
Credits: 3.0

ENSC415: Environmental Management Tools

Introduces the concepts behind the integration of business and environmental management, with emphasis on the analysis and comparison of several environmental management systems (EMS). Covers the background of, and the basic rationale for, the concepts of pollution prevention (P2). A process for arriving at a publicly accepted Pollution Prevention Plan is presented and discussed, including a recently released report on the BC plan.
Credits: 3.0

ENVM321: Tools for Business Decision Making

Through a highly pragmatic introduction to the business planning process, students explore the challenges and opportunities faced by business owners. Emphasis is placed on the importance of integrating personal objectives, organizational goals, and market opportunities during the planning process.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP303: Statistical Literacy and Critical Thinking

Focuses on how data can be transformed into reliable information. Statistical tests are employed using first principles, real examples, and the technology commonly employed by environmental scientists and managers. Learners are introduced to statistical concepts and techniques through relevant examples and expected to demonstrate their understanding of statistics through the appropriate application of technology to real data and group discussions.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP313: Introduction to Environmental Law

Introduces a wide range of topics and concepts relating to the legal system in Canada generally, and the operation of public welfare or environmental statutes, law and regulations within that system. Develops the ability to understand legal terms and concepts concurrently with developing basic legal research skills. Key court decisions and statutes that have directed the development of environmental law in Canada are discussed together with an introduction to the principles of statutory interpretation, regulatory and administrative law, and the effect of international treaties on Canada’s internal environmental regulation.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP322: Sustainable Development: Ideas and Applications

Examine some of the theory of sustainable development, and explore the links between these theories. This is accompanied by the development and analysis of case studies describing ways that practical sustainable development options can be implemented, and discussion of alternative approaches to sustainability.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP323: Communications Skills: Writing in the Workplace

The focus is on developing rhetorical strategies used in professional writing. In particular, the course will look at how the audience, context, and purpose of a piece of writing determine the content, voice, style and form of a text. The course will include discussions of basic professional writing forms such as resumes, cover letters, memos, email, and reports.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP426: Leadership and Management for Environmental Practitioners

The fundamentals of modern supervision, management, and ethics are explored. Emphasis is placed on the manager as the "leader" who sets broad organizational objectives, as well as the environmental manager’s role in strategic planning, decision making, setting goals, and establishing organization norms.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP429: Ethics and Environment

Explores some of the key ethical issues concerning humanity’s relationship to the environment. Dominant themes include deciding what has value, criteria for making good decisions, and moral principles for human behaviour toward the environment. Become familiar with a range of perspectives and positions commonly found in Western environmental debates as well as alternative ways to consider the issues. Emphasis is kept on how theory relates to the practice of environmental ethics. Cultivate the skills necessary to analyze arguments, assess lines of reasoning, and learn to articulate clearly and defend one’s own ethics.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP450: Internship

Offers students practical experience in the environmental field by working in an organization on a specific environmental project, task, or issue. The internship will consist of a six-week experience in an organization as well as an internship report that will evaluate and relate the students’ experience to their program of study. *All core and elective courses of the program must have been completed prior to the start of the internship.
Credits: 3.0

ENVP451: Research Paper

Requires students to complete an independent research paper reporting findings of secondary research on an environmental problem or issue. Constitutes a substantial written examination of a topic relevant to environmental practice. Must demonstrate the student's knowledge and application of environmental theory in their declared area of concentration. Some, but not all, research-related learning outcomes of the program will be demonstrated in the graduating paper. Requires approximately 200 hours of student effort. *All program core and elective courses must have been completed
Credits: 6.0