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Course Calendar 2012 - 2013
Course Calendar DESS 2012 - 2013
Chemistry
Forest Ecology
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4 Year Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science Programs

Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that takes an holistic approach to the environment. Following the general principles of sustainability, the BSc programs offer an integrated understanding of the environment, acknowledging human impact, and providing a framework to develop future solutions to environmental problems within four distinct streams.

Requirements for a 4-Year BSc

Admission Requirements:

Students must meet prerequisites where required.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT:

120 credit hours

 

 

 

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT::

Degree: Minimum 60 credit hours

Major:
Minimum 30 credit hours

 

 

 

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENT:

Humanities: 12 credit hours

Science:
6 credit hours

Writing:
The course RHET-1106(3) Academic Writing: Links with the Disciplines, Environmental Studies, is required. The Department recommends that students take RHET-1106 early in their 1st year of studies as most courses in DESS programs include multiple writing assignments.

Maximum Introductory Courses:
Students may use a maximum of 42 credit hours at the 1000 level. Of these, a maximum of 6 credit hours may be below the 1000 level.

Distribution:
Minimum three (3) credit hours from each of five (5) different subjects.

Required courses for all BSc students.

BIOL-1115(3) Cells and Cellular Processes
BIOL-1116(3) Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
BIOL-2403(3) Principles of Ecology
CHEM-1111(3) Introduction to the Chemical Properties of Matter
CHEM-1112(3) Basic Principles of Chemical Reactivity
ECON-1104(3) Introduction to Economic Theory
ENV-1600(3) Human-Environmental Interactions
ENV/IDS-2603(3) Environmental Sustainability: A Global Dilemma
ENV-3035(3) Law and the Environment
ENV-4611(6) Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG-1201(3) Introductory Atmospheric Science
GEOG-1202(3) Introductory Earth Science
PHIL-2233(3) Environmental Ethics
3 credit hours from among:
GEOG-2309(3) Statistical Techniques in Environmental Analysis
STAT-1301(3) Statistical Analysis I
STAT-1501(3) Elementary Biological Statistics 1

MAJOR REQUIREMENT:

Single Major:

  • Chemistry, 84 credit hours;
  • Global Environmental Systems, 84 credit hours;
  • Forest Ecology, 87 credit hours;
  • Forest Policy and Management, 84 credit hours.

Double Major:

The student must meet both the requirements of Environmental Sciences and those of the second Major Department. A course listed by both Departments counts towards both Majors (unless it is clearly stated otherwise in that discipline’s section of the Calendar).

Combined Major:

Minimum 60 credit hours from two (2) different majors with not less than 24 credit hours from each major subject. Required courses depend on second major and will be determined in consultation with the departmental advisor.

Required Courses: (These are the core courses for all BSc students.)
BIOL-1115(3) Cells and Cellular Processes
BIOL-1116(3) Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
BIOL-2403(3) Principles of Ecology
CHEM-1111(3) Introduction to the Chemical Properties of Matter
CHEM-1112(3) Basic Principles of Chemical Reactivity
ECON-1104(3) Introduction to Economic Theory
ENV-1600(3) Human-Environmental Interactions
ENV/IDS-2603(3) Environmental Sustainability: A Global Dilemma
ENV-3035(3) Law and the Environment
ENV-4611(6) Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG-1201(3) Introductory Atmospheric Science
GEOG-1202(3) Introductory Earth Science
PHIL-2233(3) Environmental Ethics

3 credit hours from among:
GEOG-2309(3) Statistical Techniques in Environmental Analysis
STAT-1301(6) Statistical Analysis I
STAT-1501(3) Elementary Biological Statistics I

Please Note:
In any case where The University of Winnipeg Course Calendar and these pages differ, the current Calendar takes precedence.

Streams & Courses:

Chemistry

In addition to the core set of Environmental Sciences courses, students in the Chemistry stream study the fundamental chemical nature of the environment with a focus on organic and inorganic chemistry and biochemistry.

Requirements for Single Major:

84 credit hours

Chemistry Stream Required Courses:

Core courses for all BSc students PLUS:
BIOL-4411(3) Water Quality and Health
CHEM-2102(3) Thermodynamics and Kinetics
CHEM-2202(3) Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-2203(3) Organic Chemistry II
CHEM-2302(3) Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CHEM-2401(3) Inorganic Chemistry I
CHEM-2501(3) Principles of Biochemistry or CHEM-3502(3) Intermediate Biochemistry I or ENV/CHEM-3611(3) Environmental Toxicology
CHEM-3302(3) Methods of Chemical Analysis
CHEM-3601(3) Environmental Chemistry
MATH-1101(6) Introduction to Calculus or the equivalents:
MATH-1103(3) Introducion to Calculus I and MATH-1104(3) Introducion to Calculus II
PHYS-1101(6) Foundations of Physics I or PHYS-1301(6) Introduction to Physics

These programs lead to a bachelor of science degree (4-year)

Forest Ecology

The Forest Ecology and Forest Policy and Management streams are now recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), Canada’s professional organization of foresters and leading voice for the forest industry. This designation allows graduates from these streams to have the prestige associated with a nationally recognized forestry baccalaureate program, giving students a competitive edge and the specialized skills needed to work in the forest industry or many associated professions. Graduates of the University of Winnipeg’s Forest Ecology program receive Silver Ring recognition from the CIF which symbolizes their responsibility to manage the forest for future generations and is a commitment to life-long learning and worn with pride. The Silver Rings are presented at a special ceremony with representatives of the CIF and the University of Winnipeg. The Silver Rings recognize that students are educated and trained in the complex interrelationships of forest ecosystems, water, fish and wildlife, as well as the social, cultural and economic aspects of forestry.

Requirements for Single Major:

87 credit hours

FOREST ECOLOGY Required Courses:

Core courses for all BSc students (except that ENV-2603(3) Environmental Sustainability: A Global Dilemma is not required and GEOG-2309(3) Statistical Techniques in Environmental Analysis is required) PLUS:
BIOL-2153(3) Biology of Vascular Plants
BIOL/ENV-2401(1) Forest Field Skills Camp **
BIOL-2477(3) Forest Measurement +
BIOL-3152(3) Flowering Plants in Manitoba
BIOL-3471(3) Forest Ecology
BIOL-3473(3) Principles of Silviculture +
BIOL/ENV-3476(3) Forest Policy and Management
BIOL-4451/2 Forest Ecosystems Field Course **
BIOL-4471(3) Ecological Methodology
BIOL-4473(3) Dendrochronology +
BIOL-4474(3) Forest Health and Protection* +
BIOL-4475(3) Urban Forestry* +
ENV-3607(3) Forests and the Environment +
ENV-3608(3) Forest Wildlife Management +
GEOG-2213(3) Introductory Soil Science
GEOG-2306(3) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems-

Suggested electives:
BIOL-2115(3) Biology of Invertebrates
BIOL-3410(3) Freshwater Ecology
BIOL-3801(3) General Entomology*
BIOL-4116(3) Biology Honours Thesis
ENV-4613(3) Directed Studies in Environmental Studies
ENV-4614(3)-001 Campus Sustainability
ENV-4614(3)-050 Ecology and Management of Species at Risk in Manitoba
ENV-4615(3) Environmental Soil Science
GEOG-2207(3) Climatology
GEOG-2316(3) Remote Sensing
GEOG-2414(3) The Urban Environment*
GEOG-3210(3) Hydrology
GEOG-3215(3) Biogeography
GEOG-3306(3) Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG-3319(3) Advanced Remote Sensing

* courses with prerequisites that are not required courses in the major
** The field courses are typically held in alternating years in the spring or summer session.
+ Typically held in alternating years in the fall/winter session.

These programs lead to a bachelor of science degree (4-year).

Forest Policy and Management

Like the Forest Ecology stream, this course of study focuses on the ecology and biology of forests. In addition, students explore administrative and cultural practices that are inherently important to developing and maintaining forest policy and forest management.

The Forest Ecology and Forest Policy and Management streams are now recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), Canada’s professional organization of foresters and leading voice for the forest industry. This designation allows graduates from these streams to have the prestige associated with a nationally recognized forestry baccalaureate program, giving students a competitive edge and the specialized skills needed to work in the forest industry or many associated professions. Graduates of the University of Winnipeg’s Forest Ecology program receive Silver Ring recognition from the CIF which symbolizes their responsibility to manage the forest for future generations and is a commitment to life-long learning and worn with pride. The Silver Rings are presented at a special ceremony with representatives of the CIF and the University of Winnipeg. The Silver Rings recognize that students are educated and trained in the complex interrelationships of forest ecosystems, water, fish and wildlife, as well as the social, cultural and economic aspects of forestry.

Requirements for Single Major:

84 credit hours.

FOREST POLICY AND MANAGEMENT Required courses:

Core courses for all BSc students (except that GEOG-2309(3) Statistical Techniques in Environmental Analysis is required) PLUS:
BIOL-2153(3) Biology of Vascular Plants
BIOL/ENV-2401(1) Forest Field Skills Camp **
BIOL-3471(3) Forest Ecology
BIOL/ENV-3476(3) Forest Policy and Management
BIOL-4451/2 Forest Ecosystems Field Course **
BIOL-4474(3) Forest Health and Protection*
BIOL-4475(3) Urban Forestry*
ECON-2317(3) Environmental Economics
ENV-3606(3) Business and the Environment
ENV-3607(3) Forests and the Environment
GEOG-2306(3)Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
POL-2300(6) Public Administration
POL-3411(3) Aboriginal People and the Law I

Suggested electives:
BIOL-2477(3) Forest Measurement
BIOL-3473(3) Principles of Silviculture
CRS-1200(3) Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies
ENV-3608(3) Forest Wildlife Management
ENV-4613(3) Directed Studies in Environmental Studies
ENV-4614(3)-001 Campus Sustainability
ENV-4614(3)-050 Ecology and Management of Species at Risk in Manitoba
ENV-4615(3) Environmental Soil Science
GEOG-2204(3) Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG-3306(3)Advanced Geographic Information Systems
POL/UIC-2020 Colonization and Aboriginal Peoples
POL-3405(3) Aboriginal Politics in Manitoba
POL-3415(3) Aboriginal People and the Law II
REL-2801(3) Introduction to Aboriginal Spirituality
REL-2802(3) Aboriginal and Christian Encounter

* courses with prerequisites that are not required courses in the major
** The field courses are typically held in alternating years in the spring or summer session.

These programs lead to a bachelor of science degree (4-year).

Global Environmental Systems

Students who select this stream will study not only physical geography, but also regional geography, systematic human geography, geographical techniques, and human impact on the environment.

Requirements for Single Major:

84 credit hours

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS Required Courses:

Core courses for all BSc students PLUS:
ENV-4615(3) Environmental Soil Science
GEOG-2207(3) Climatology
GEOG-2213(3) Introductory Soil Science
GEOG-2214(3) Soil-Vegetation Systems
GEOG-3210(3) Hydrology
GEOG-3401(3) Population Geography*

6 credit hours from among the following techniques courses:
GEOG-2304(3) Computer Mapping
GEOG-2306(3) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG-2316(3) Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG-3319(3) Advanced Remote Sensing

6 credit hours from the following geography options:
GEOG-2408(3) Environmental Perception and Human Behaviour*
GEOG-2411(3) Geography of Globalization*
GEOG-2414(3) The Urban Environment*
GEOG-3408(3) Water Resources*
GEOG-3508(3) Geographical Issues in the Developing World*
GEOG-2212(3) Natural Hazards

3 credit hours from the following physical geography options:
GEOG-2215(3) Mineralogy and Petrology
GEOG-2216(3) Physical Geology
GEOG-2218(3) Fluvial and Hillslope Processes
GEOG-2219(3) Glacial and Periglacial Processes
GEOG-3204(3) Climate Change and Variability
GEOG-3215(3) Biogeography
GEOG-3216(3) Arctic Environments

6 credit hours from the following options:
CRS-1200(6) Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies
ENV/SOC-2502(3) Sociology of the Environment
ENV-2604(3) Environment and Health
ENV/UIC-3025(3) Issues in Sustainable Cities
ENV-3606(3) Business and the Environment
ENV-4614(3) Critical Environmental Issues
IDS-1100(6) Introduction to International Development Studies
IDS-2131(3) Rural Development *
IDS-3160(3) Cultural Perspectives on Global Processes *
PHIL-1002(6) Values and the Human Condition
POL-3105(6) Global Political Economy
POL-3120(3) International Law
SOC-2110(6) Social Change *

*courses with prerequisites that are not required courses in the major

These programs lead to a bachelor of science degree (4-year).

Sample Courses & Sample First Year:

SAMPLE COURSES

Human-Environmental Interactions is a first-year course that illustrates the complexity and diversity of environmental issues. The central theme is "understanding natural processes in the environment" as a means of measuring human impact.

Environmental Chemistry is a third-year course that provides students with an understanding of the behaviour of chemicals in the environment and includes a discussion of environmental contaminants.

Environmental Impact Assessment is a compulsory course for all science majors. Students explore the methodology of environmental impact assessment (EIA). Each student learns how to complete her or his own EIA, working both internally and externally, often alongside individuals with professional expertise in the student's chosen topic.

MORE SAMPLE COURSES

  • Basic Principles of Chemical Reactivity
  • Business and the Environment
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Policy and Management
  • Forest Wildlife Management
  • Forests and the Environment
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  • Soils and Vegetation
  • Statistical Techniques in Environmental Analysis

SAMPLE FIRST YEAR

Disclaimer: This sample first year is representative of the courses you may take. For many of our programs, you may choose another set of courses and still be well on your way to a degree. Also, for most programs you do not have to take 30 credit hours (five full courses) in your first year.

  • ENV.1600/3 Human-Environmental Interactions
  • BIOL.1115/3 Cells and Cellular Processes
  • BIOL.1116/3 Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity
  • CHEM.1111/3 Introduction to the Chemical Properties of Matter
  • CHEM.1112/3 Basic Principles of Chemical Reactivity
  • ECON.1104/3 Introduction to Economic Theory
  • GEOG.1201/3 Introductory Atmospheric Science
  • GEOG.1202/3 Introductory Earth Science
  • CAW.1105/3 Academic Writing (if required)
  • 3 Credit Hours Humanities
    (note: PHIL.2233/3 Environmental Ethics counts both as a Humanities course and as a core course in Environmental Sciences)