This course is an introductory study of water in our environment including its properties, the natural processes which affect it, climate and weather, and practical experience in the collection and analyses of field and laboratory data using standard techniques and equipment.

Surveying will provide the student with practical training and instruction with basic surveying instruments and techniques to solve common resource management problems. Care, use, and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments as well as professional requirements for the recording of field data will constitute a major focus of this course. Field techniques for measuring distance, direction and elevation will be utilized to obtain planimetric and topographic data for determining such things as horizontal distance, changes in elevation, profiles, cross-sections, and area/volume calculations. The student will also be introduced to the care and use of hand-held GPS units and their role in resource management.

This course is an introduction to the basics of Botany and Ecosystem Classification. Botany lectures will focus on plant classification, botanical terms, plant morphology, and plant physiology. Topics include: plant cells, tissues, and organ structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration transpiration and translocation. During botany labs, students will learn to identify about 100 native plants commonly found in the West Kootenay Region of BC.

Ecology lectures will focus on ecosystem classification using the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System (BEC) of BC. Other key topics include the study of climatic factors and climate change, disturbance and succession, and landscape and stand structure. Ecology labs focus on classifying ecosystems (including soils, site and vegetation) to site series using BEC. Labs are mainly field based.

Students enrolled in this course can use this site to access various resources, which will support and enhance their knowledge of the materials covered in class.

This course will cover the identification of common rocks and minerals, landforms and soils of British Columbia. Learners will be introduced to the study of physical geology and geomorphology in relation to management of the forest environment and landscape. Learners will gain skills and knowledge in rock and mineral identification, description of the physical and chemical qualities of soils, and identification and classification of landforms and terrain. Skills will also be developed with respect to interpretation of geology, landforms and soils for environmental management.

This site is intended to assist you with course work in ENVR 164.  It complements the face to face classroom.

This course builds on computer skills students have previously acquired. Applied intermediate to advanced computer applications specific to career opportunities in the environment and geomatics sector are covered including file management, word processing for report writing, spreadsheets and an introduction to databases.