PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
4 or 5 terms
TUITION & FEES
- Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- Mathematics – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 50% in Math 30-2
- Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 50% in Biology 30
You must complete 22 courses to graduate. Courses are listed below by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|BUSN1167 (O)|| MS Excel and Outlook |
Become familiar with MS Excel and MS Outlook. Learn how to design, organize, and edit MS Excel spreadsheets. You will create formulas and functions (statistical, financial, database, and logical) for a variety of business applications and use footers, headers, formatting, and charts. Using MS Outlook, you will learn to send and receive mail, schedule appointments, set up meetings, organize contacts, and create tasks and notes.
|ENGL2510 (O)|| Scientific and Technical Writing |
This technical writing course prepares students with the skills required for writing in professional contexts. Students will learn to produce documents reflecting different types and styles of technical communication, including technical descriptions, proposals, reports, online documents, and instruction manuals. Students will also learn to organize information, write clearly and concisely, rigorously edit their work, cite sources appropriately, and apply APA formatting to a variety of documents. In addition, students will examine effective document design and the use of visual aids, and will be required to create and deliver presentations based on these principles. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
|BUSD1011|| Prep for Employment |
Use your skills and abilities to choose a career and build self-confidence as you enter the work force or pursue further training. Learn to research the job market and identify the skills required for a new occupation. Get prepared with interview skills and resume writing along with time-management techniques. Communicating directly and effectively will be practiced.
|ENVI1121 (O)|| Environmental Issues |
Students will learn to identify the basic scientific and social principles that underlie current major environmental issues. Students will also examine local and global case studies and will study the effects of pollution and resource degradation on society.
|STAT1151 (O)|| Statistics I |
Students will learn the basic principles of statistics, acquire the skills to solve elementary statistical and probability problems, and gain hands-on experience with well-known statistical software, as well as basic methods for collecting data. Students will also learn the main tools of descriptive statistics to visualize collected data, analyze data distributions, and establish correlations and regressions between random variables. The course will also cover the main tools of inferential statistics for estimating mean values and proportions by confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, and one-way ANOVA. Applications are taken from wide range of subject areas such as biology and environmental science, business and economics, health sciences, education, crime and law, politics, social studies, and sports and entertainment. Pre-requisite: Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
|ENVI1007 (O)|| Introduction to Plant Identification |
This course introduces student to the fundamentals of plant identification, including classification, identification, distribution, habitat, and ecology of common trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species found in Alberta. Major topics include the use of dichotomous keys, field identification, and indicator species. Student field exercises may take place off campus.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|BIOL1008 (O)|| Organisms in their Environment |
This course examines the diversity of life on earth from the origins of life through the evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Using a phyletic approach to classification, the major taxonomic groups of organisms are introduced, including prokaryotes, numerous protists, plants, fungi, and animals. Features that adapt these organisms to their environment are emphasized using Darwinian evolution as the underlying principle. Pre-requisite: Biology 30.
|EASC1002 (O)|| Introduction to Earth Sciences |
This course is an introduction to earth sciences and physical geography. Topics explored will include the four major earth systems—atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), geosphere (earth), and biosphere (life)—and how these systems relate to human populations. Students will also explore how earth scientists conduct research, including types of analysis and technologies used in the field. There will be a special focus on the circulation of water and the atmosphere, and how these processes drive the distribution of life on the planet and shape the landscape we see. The course will also discuss many of the current issues surrounding human-environment interactions, including, but not limited to, climate change, erosion, natural disasters, air and water pollution, and freshwater resources.
|ENVI2310 (O)|| Solid Waste Management |
Students will learn the principles of pollution prevention, waste minimization, recycling, landfill operation, incineration, and composting. They will also study the basic concepts of environmental management systems and environmental audits.
|ENVI2400 (O)|| Energy and Environmental Physics |
Students will learn the basic principles of environmental physics. Students will build, analyze, and critique physical models of environmental processes. They will apply environmental physics concepts to topical problems such as consumer energy use, renewable energy resources, carbon footprint, water use, waste, and global warming.
|ENVI2401 (O)|| Environmental Physics Lab |
Students will conduct laboratory investigations related to environmental physics concepts such as energy use, electrical power generation, and fluid statics and dynamics. Students will use computers to obtain and analyze data, and to write reports.
|ENVI1468 (O)|| Introduction to Wildlife Management |
This course introduces student to the fundamentals of wildlife management, including identification, distribution, habitat, and ecology. It explore tools to minimize human/wildlife conflict and discusses deterrents. Students will learn non-lethal wildlife management, understand the various legislation regarding wildlife, and learn hands-on practical wildlife tracking methods. The focus will be on Alberta species. Student field exercises may take place off campus.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|ENVI1226 (O)|| Field Safety and Environmental Response |
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field, health and safety requirements, wildlife safety, and basic occupational hazards. Students will also learn to recognize and respond to environmental incidents and how to control hazards associated with emergency environmental response. This course is delivered as part of Fall Field School, which will be off campus. Additional student fees may apply.
|BIOL2008 (O)|| Ecology |
This course introduces students to ecology, a branch of biology that examines interactions between organisms and their environment. These include interactions at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Topics include general concepts in ecology, ecology of individuals, ecology of populations, interspecies interactions, and community and ecosystems exploration. Laboratory work includes field collection and lab analysis of ecological data.
|ENVI2305 (O)|| Fundamentals of Environmental Monitoring |
This course will give students experience with comprehensive sampling, instrumentation, and analytical techniques used in environmental monitoring, including air, water, soil, wildlife, and other ecological indicators. This course is delivered as part of Fall Field School, which will be off campus. Additional student fees may apply.
|ENVI2315 (O)|| Water and Hydrology |
In this course, students will gain experience with the field sampling procedures, instrumentation, and analytical methods for both surface water (hydrology) and groundwater (hydrogeology) resources. This course is delivered as part of Fall Field School, which will be off campus. Additional student fees may apply.
|ENVI2441|| Geomorphology and Soils |
Students will be introduced to the soil classification system in Canada and the basics of field diagnostics, soil description, classification, and mapping. The course is delivered as part of Fall Field School, which includes an off-campus residency. Additional student fees may apply.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|ENVI2410 (O)|| Water Resource Protection |
Students will learn the principles of operation of physical, chemical, and biological treatment systems for water and wastewater. They will also learn the principles of flood control, erosion prevention, and other methods of aquatic habitat protection.
|ENVI2420 (O)|| Environmental Site Assessment and Management |
In this course, students will learn the basic principles of contaminated sites management, including site assessment procedures, remediation methods, and the regulatory framework. This includes the framework for Phase 1 environmental site assessment, Phase 2 environmental site assessment and risk management plans.
|ENVI2442|| Protected Areas and Parks Management |
This course examines current environmental legislation at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Students will learn about land use planning, management of parks and protected areas, and the impact of recreational activities (ecotourism) on the landscape.
|ENVI2488|| Landscape Disturbance |
This course explores the principles of disturbance, including pathogens, pests, and wildfire. Students will learn about integrated pest management and how different agencies across Canada manage wildfires. They will learn the ecological role of wildfire and the FireSmart principles. Students will apply this knowledge to real-life examples.
|ENVI2903|| Environmental Research Project |
Students will engage in an intensive study of a selected topic in environmental protection technology. They will select a research topic, collect and interpret data, write a report on the results of the project, and present their results.
|Term 5 (optional) - 16 weeks|
|COOP2150|| Internship Work Term |
Students will integrate academic knowledge with a full-time, paid work experience in a program-related position with an employer organization. They will acquire a level of competence through relevant experience while completing a 16-week work term. This work term will be monitored by Work Integrated Learning. Students will analyze the significance of the application of new skills in their work, and examine their working relationships as well as those of the organization. They will also further define their interest in and attitude toward their field of study. Contact WILCEC@norquest.ca for permission to enroll.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
COOP2150 is optional and not required to graduate.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term