This site if for incoming first year Forestry, Integrated Environmental Planning, and Recreation Fish and Wildlife students. It provides some useful introductions to instructors, documents, and links to important College resources.

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.

Over the last few decades, geospatial technologies have evolved and infiltrated into an exponential number of organizations’ and people’s lives to the point where they are ubiquitous.  Along with this great expansion of use comes an even greater need to access the right data and to manage and utilize it appropriately for each unique project.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of dealing with spatial data and data management principles.  We will explore key topics related to working with spatial data including data discovery, data dissemination and data use.  Along with these topics comes the need to discuss ethics of data use, data standards and guidelines, data format and translation, metadata as well as general data management and maintenance principles.

Selkirk College’s GIS329 Programming for GIS assumes no prior programming knowledge. Students will learn how to set and use variables, write procedures and modules, and use selection and repetition to control program flow as implemented in the Python language. At a more advanced level, students will learn to write programs that embed object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts such as the use of objects, properties, and methods. Topics of scripting in Python and the usage of ESRI’s ArcPy module for the automation of geoprocessing will be introduced.

Students acquire a solid understanding of project management methods and gain practical experience in proven project management techniques and discover a wealth of valuable, flexible tools that can be implemented to ensure the success of any project in any type of organization.

Managing Projects gives you the foundation, experience, techniques and tools to: Manage each stage of the project life cycle , work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals tied directly to stakeholder needs, get the most from your project management team, and utilize state‑of‑the‑art project management tools to get the work done on time and within budget.

MATH 099 will help prepare you for the math skills needed to complete the Environment and Geomatics program at Selkirk College. Topics include solving equations, trigonometry, and problem solving skills.

The ability to do applied research is required for all environmental technologists. In this course, students will complete an applied research project involving work planning, and data collection, analysis, and research.