|ENVS 2360 - Geological Hazards and Natural Disasters. |
This course will introduce students to the geological aspects of the natural environment and the impacts that natural geological processes and phenomena may have on humanity. The impact of geological hazards and natural disasters on human society and behaviour will be examined through case studies.
- Prerequisite: This course is restricted to students with fifteen credit hours or more
|ENVS 2370 - Global Environmental Change. |
This course offers a journey through Earth's history including the Earth's origin, evolution of the mantle, origin of the continents, origin and evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and the origin of life. The focus is on the Earth as a dynamic system including major global environmental changes associated with the evolution of the planet. Following a discussion of how the Earth arrived at its present physical, chemical and biological state the course examines ecological interactions, transformations and human impacts on the planet.
- Prerequisite: • Prerequisite: restricted to students with thirty credit hours or more
|ENVS 2371 - Oceanography. |
Historical review of science of oceanography. Earth and Earth systems (including plate tectonics). Marine sediments and sedimentary environments. Chemical and physical properties of seawater. The atmosphere and the oceans, ocean circulation. Waves and tides, coastal environments, distribution of organisms. Applied oceanography.
- Prerequisite: This course is restricted to students who have completed thirty credit hours or more
|ENVS 3110 - Taxonomy of Flowering Plants. |
A study of the biodiversity of flowering vascular plants (Magnoliophyta) through the practical identification of Newfoundland families, genera, and species. Related taxonomic and biogeographical principles will be stressed.
- Prerequisite: Biology 2010 or equivalent
- Lab: Three two-hour laboratory periods per week of integrated practice and theory
- Note: 1) Credit can be obtained for only one of ENVS 3110 or Biology 3041. 2) Students must submit a collection of flowering plants identified to the species level. Detailed instructions should be obtained from the instructor in the spring/summer prior to the commencement of this course
|ENVS 3131 - Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems. |
An examination of ecological and evolutionary responses by organisms in terrestrial ecosystems to human-derived and natural perturbations. Advanced conceptual, empirical and experimental approaches will be used, with an emphasis on sampling local habitats.
- Prerequisite: Biology 2600; and two of Biology 2010, 2122, 2210 or the permission of the instructor and Program Chair
- Lab: 3 hours of laboratory per week
- Note: Credit can be obtained for only one of ENVS 3131 or Biology 3610
|ENVS 3210 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry I. |
Treatment of data, error analysis, wet methods of analysis of laboratory and field samples. Volumetric methods for acidity, alkalinity and hardness; chemical and biological oxygen demand (COD and BOD). Gravimetric methods for sulphate and phosphates. Theory and application of specific ion electrodes analysis of metal ions, dissolved gases and halide ions. Turbidimetric and nephelometric measures of water quality. Spectrophotometric analysis of trace metal ions.
- Prerequisite: Chemistry 2300 and 2210
- Note: Lectures and Laboratory: Not more than seven hours per week
|ENVS 3260 - Industrial Chemistry. |
Chemical principles used in the manu-facture of inorganic and organic chemical products; electrochemical, petrochemical, polymer, pulp and paper, agricultural, cement, cosmetics, detergent and paint industries. Processes, specific pollutants of current interest: inorganic (e.g. mercury, NOX and SOX gases, lead etc.) and organic (e.g. PCBs, chlorinated hydrocarbons, freons, pesticides/herbicides). Industrial sources and analytical methods of detection will be studied.
- Prerequisite: Chemistry 2210, 2401, and Environmental Science 2261 or permission of the instructor and Program Chair
- Corequisite: Envs 2261
|ENVS 4000 - Environmental Science Seminar. |
Current topics in environmental science are reviewed and discussed in a seminar format. Seminars will be presented on current research and environmental issues by faculty, students and guest speakers from universities, government and industry.
- Prerequisite: "This course is restricted to Environmental Science students who have completed eighty credit hours or more, including Biology 2600, Statistics 2550 and one of the following courses: Chemistry 2440, 2401, 2210 or 2300." Permission of Chair to register.
|ENVS 4069 - Fundamentals of Soil Systems. |
The chemistry and biology of soil, including inorganic soil components, chemistry of soil organic matter, soil equilibria, sorption phenomena on soils, ion exchange processes, kinetics of soil processes, redox chemistry of soils, soil acidity, chemistry of saline and sodic soils, organic pollutants, trace and toxic elements in soils, soil organisms (microbial decomposers, micro and macro biota), organic matter cycling, nutrient cycling and fertility and productivity, soil conservation and sustainable agriculture. Laboratory will cover a number of key physical, chemical and biological properties and procedures used in soil analyses. One or more field trips will be scheduled during laboratory sessions.
- Prerequisite: Biology 2600, Earth Sciences 1000; one of Chemistry 2300, 2401, 2440 and 6 credit hours selected from Environmental Science Core (i.c.)
- Note: Lectures and Laboratory: Not more than six hours per week
|ENVS 4132 - Analytical Ecology. |
The assessment of environmental impacts on higher-level ecological systems requires a critical analysis of scientific reports, along with the ability to evaluate ecological terminology and concepts and associated statistical methodologies. Students in this course will critically read and analyze recent scientific literature in Environmental Biology, with selected topics at the community, ecosystem and landscape level, and examine related univariate and multivariate statistical procedures.
- Prerequisite: Biology 2600, Statistics 2550 (or equivalent), with six credit hours from the Environmental Science Core (i.c.)
- Lab: three-hour laboratory/discussion group each week
|ENVS 4240 - Organic Chemistry of Biomolecules. |
Structure and prop-erties of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, steroids, DNA and RNA. The chemistry of the cell in relation to its toxicology; effects of bioactive agents on cells, organelles, tissues and whole organisms. Natural products including those from the rain forest and marine environments. The role of metal ions in biomolecules. Examples of biosynthesis. Chemistry and mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis.
- Prerequisite: Chemistry 2401 or 2440 or permission of the instructor and Program Chair
|ENVS 4950 - Research Project in Environmental Science I. |
With the guidance of a faculty member, students will conduct a scientific study based upon original research or a critical review of extant data in an appropriate area. Students are required to submit a report and give a presentation.
- Prerequisite: Permission of Program Chair
- Note: This project fulfils the Core requirement for a fourth-year individual project in the area of specialization
|ENVS 4951 - Honours Project in Environmental Science I. |
Under the guidance of a designated supervisor (or supervisors), the student will prepare a thesis proposal including a comprehensive literature review of the subject of their Honours thesis. Students will present the results of their work in both written and oral form.
- Prerequisite: This course is restricted to Environmental Science students who have been accepted into the Honours option