Sustainability concerns the relationship between humankind and the environment. This course explores that relationship and how, in the words of the Brundtland Commission Report, "we may live to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Clearly, there is no single route to achieving sustainability. Therefore, readings by many authors, technical experts, scientists and philosophers comprise a central component to illustrate the complexity of the topic, the diversity of approaches and resistance to change. There is substantial focus on applied skills related to current applications of sustainability principles across the economic spectrum.

This course examines the applied chemistry of water and air pollution. Major topics include: physical and chemical characteristics of water and air, water and air pollution, quantifying water and air pollution, water and air sampling, water treatment, wastewater treatment, mass balance modeling and air pollution dispersion. Applied concepts cover chronic and acute toxicity testing, use of colorimetry and AAS to identify and quantify pollutants, variable speed pumps used with pollution trapping devices for air sampling, gas detection tubes and air sampling meters. Use of spreadsheets for data analysis is an essential component of this course.

This course will provide hands-on, practical training in Geomatics as relevant to the fields of environment, forestry, fish, wildlife and recreation.

This course is a more in-depth study of the effects of water on our environment. Practical examples are presented for examination, data collection, analyses, and interpretation in several areas including: weather and climate, snowpack, limnology, groundwater, surface runoff and flooding, small hydropower and hydraulic modeling.

Systems Ecology 1 is an introduction to the science of ecology, building on concepts and information introduced in ENVR 160, 161, 163 and other first year IEP courses. Emphasis is placed on the basics of ecology, and will focus on the structure and function of various communities including alpine, subalpine, wetland, and riparian ecosystems. The labs will explore various methods of sampling, analysing and reporting on the physical site factors, vegetation and wildlife components of these communities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the capability to effectively create, edit, display, manage and analyze spatial data - data that is georeferenced to the earth. This course introduces the fundamental concepts and applications of GIS with a specific focus on environmental planning subjects. Emphasis is placed on developing hands-on expertise with world leading commercial GIS software (ArcGIS) for displaying and querying spatial data, manipulating tabular data, completing queries, developing charts and producing effective map layouts. Finally, this course incorporates digital data collection using mobile technologies.