General Studies Courses

General Studies courses may be an option for students interested in taking one or two credit-based courses but who are not currently interested in seeking a credential. Students who successfully complete General Studies courses may be eligible to transfer credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree upon formal admission to a program.

Permission to register in General Studies courses requires approval by the Dean or designate. Supporting documentation and/or prerequisites may be required.

For information about non-credit courses, visit Continuing Studies.

Upcoming Start Dates

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

 Course Description: Introduces the latest scientific research of our changing natural earth "system" to create the basis for thinking about and understanding the complex issues created by global climate change and global biodiversity. Addresses challenges with respect to biodiversity, climate change, adaptations and governance from both international and Canadian perspectives. Provides an opportunity to learn and practice debating and scientific conference presentation skills.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

 Course Description: Introduces the latest scientific research of our changing natural earth "system" to create the basis for thinking about and understanding the complex issues created by global climate change and global biodiversity. Addresses challenges with respect to biodiversity, climate change, adaptations and governance from both international and Canadian perspectives. Provides an opportunity to learn and practice debating and scientific conference presentation skills.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 TBD Online
June 21, 2021 August 29, 2021 TBD Online

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

 Course Description: Introduces theories, concepts and facts about competing economic paradigms, and develops skills needed to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Examines selected economic instruments from member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and reviews leading practices in the application of these instruments, considering their effectiveness, efficiency, and public acceptability.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

 Course Description: Introduces theories, concepts and facts about competing economic paradigms, and develops skills needed to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Examines selected economic instruments from member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and reviews leading practices in the application of these instruments, considering their effectiveness, efficiency, and public acceptability.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
August 31, 2020 November 8, 2020 1943.57 Blended
September 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
March 29, 2021 June 6, 2021 TBD Online
September 6, 2021 November 14, 2021 TBD Blended

ENVR545: Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice

 Course Description: Takes students beyond theory to the difficulty of the practice of sustainable development. Introduces the topic historically, and addresses the current debates over the meaning of sustainable development. Explains the longstanding discussions concerning economic growth and common resource allocation and introduces the difficult task of measuring human impacts. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate change in Canada. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR545: Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice

 Course Description: Takes students beyond theory to the difficulty of the practice of sustainable development. Introduces the topic historically, and addresses the current debates over the meaning of sustainable development. Explains the longstanding discussions concerning economic growth and common resource allocation and introduces the difficult task of measuring human impacts. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate change in Canada. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 TBD Online
January 3, 2022 March 13, 2022 TBD Online

ENVR581: Toxicology and Risk Assessment

 Course Description: Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Examines the scientific and technical foundations associated with managing the risks of various human activities to individual organisms (including humans), as well as interactive, complex biological assemblages (populations, communities, ecosystems). Students critically evaluate the benefits of risk assessment and risk management approaches in balance with quantitative and qualitative uncertainties, inadequacies, and possibility of bias in practice. Practical examples of environmental management initiatives that are based on risk assessment are evaluated.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR581: Toxicology and Risk Assessment

 Course Description: Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Examines the scientific and technical foundations associated with managing the risks of various human activities to individual organisms (including humans), as well as interactive, complex biological assemblages (populations, communities, ecosystems). Students critically evaluate the benefits of risk assessment and risk management approaches in balance with quantitative and qualitative uncertainties, inadequacies, and possibility of bias in practice. Practical examples of environmental management initiatives that are based on risk assessment are evaluated.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
March 29, 2021 June 6, 2021 TBD Online

ENVR582: Environmental Analysis and Remediation

 Course Description: Focuses on assessment and remediation of contaminants. Addresses anthropogenic activities which may introduce physical and chemical contaminants into the surrounding air, water or land. Discusses principles of environmental sampling and the application of physical and chemical analytical methodologies to assess the concentration of contaminants in soil, water and sediments. Examines quality assurance and quality control practices as well as strategies for the management of environmental contaminants including pollution prevention and remediation. Explores remedial approaches including physical, chemical, thermal and biological technologies.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR582: Environmental Analysis and Remediation

 Course Description: Focuses on assessment and remediation of contaminants. Addresses anthropogenic activities which may introduce physical and chemical contaminants into the surrounding air, water or land. Discusses principles of environmental sampling and the application of physical and chemical analytical methodologies to assess the concentration of contaminants in soil, water and sediments. Examines quality assurance and quality control practices as well as strategies for the management of environmental contaminants including pollution prevention and remediation. Explores remedial approaches including physical, chemical, thermal and biological technologies.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 TBD Online

ENVR626: Change Making Sustainable Development Implementation

 Course Description: Synthesizes the cumulative learning throughout the program of study by enabling the capacity of learners. Develops personal leadership and action plans on the major challenges discussed in the previous residencies and online course work; to see and act sustainably and ethically in a complex multicultural world.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR626: Change Making Sustainable Development Implementation

 Course Description: Synthesizes the cumulative learning throughout the program of study by enabling the capacity of learners. Develops personal leadership and action plans on the major challenges discussed in the previous residencies and online course work; to see and act sustainably and ethically in a complex multicultural world.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 1, 2020 November 1, 2020 TBD Blended
September 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
September 6, 2021 November 7, 2021 TBD Blended

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

 Course Description: Provides a critical overview and framework for working with environmental and sustainability management systems and tools. Examines various systems of environmental management and tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and related processes, Environmental Performance Evaluation, and Sustainability Assessment and Risk Assessment. Emphasis will be on the “how-to,” and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the appropriate techniques and methods.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

 Course Description: Provides a critical overview and framework for working with environmental and sustainability management systems and tools. Examines various systems of environmental management and tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and related processes, Environmental Performance Evaluation, and Sustainability Assessment and Risk Assessment. Emphasis will be on the “how-to,” and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the appropriate techniques and methods.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
June 22, 2020 August 30, 2020 2486.00 Online
June 21, 2021 August 29, 2021 TBD Online

SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change

 Course Description: This course is a foundational introductory, interdisciplinary course about the nature, causes, and impacts of climate change. Resources will include IPCC and Canadian and BC government reports as well as significant current journal articles and publications. Impacts covered will include warming, sea level rise, melting of permafrost and altered distribution and migration patterns as well as impacts on livelihoods and cultures. It will combine perspectives from Geology, Biology, Sociology and Modelling.  Credits: 3.00

SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change

 Course Description: This course is a foundational introductory, interdisciplinary course about the nature, causes, and impacts of climate change. Resources will include IPCC and Canadian and BC government reports as well as significant current journal articles and publications. Impacts covered will include warming, sea level rise, melting of permafrost and altered distribution and migration patterns as well as impacts on livelihoods and cultures. It will combine perspectives from Geology, Biology, Sociology and Modelling.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 18, 2021 March 28, 2021 TBD Online