BSc Environmental and Conservation Sciences - Land Reclamation Major Approved Program Electives (APE)

Guidelines

Approved Program Electives (APE) must be selected according to the following directions:

  • The total 100 and 200 level APEs cannot be greater than 2 courses(*6).
  • Any courses on this list that have already been taken/granted credit for as required program courses cannot be used as an APE.
  • Students must have any prerequisites listed in the calendar before taking a course; credit may be denied for courses without the appropriate prerequisites.
  • After minimum requirements are met in each category, remaining APE courses can be taken from any category listed below.
  • Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up-to-date course information.

Streams

  • Streams can help students select courses that best suit their career paths.
  • Some of the streams are based on requirements to meet registration and practice areas with professional bodies such as the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.
  • The soil reclamation stream focuses on soil; it includes soil reclamation to meet regulatory requirements; soil development after reclamation; building Anthroposols (human built soils) after major disturbances; reclaiming and managing natural saline, sodic and acidic soil problems.
  • The revegetation stream focuses on plants; it includes selection of suitable plant species for revegetation; planting requirements and techniques; revegetation management; revegetating and managing plant communities for long term development to maintain native ecosystems.
  • The containment remediation stream focuses on soil and water; it includes understanding basic biogeochemical principles that govern contaminant movement in soil and ground water; selection and application of techniques for remediating and/or managing contaminated sites; risk management of contaminated sites.
  • A general stream is possible with course selection, but will not provide the necessary courses for professional registration. Students must keep in mind that to practice land reclamation in most jurisdictions in Canada and abroad a professional designation is required.

    Note that highlighted courses are currently not approved by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and will not be considered in meeting requirements for professional designation.

1. Soil Reclamation Stream

Soil Science (minimum 3 courses, maximum 5 courses)
  • RENR 314 Forest soils
  • RENR 360 Soil and water conservation
  • RENR 442 Soil biogeochemistry
  • RENR 443 Soil physics
  • RENR 444 Environmental soil chemistry
  • RENR 445 Soil fertility
Vegetation Science (maximum 1 course)
  • BOT 322 Field botany
  • BOT 332 Plant ecology
  • BOT 340 Plant physiology
  • ENCS 406 Rangeland plant communities of Western Canada
Water Science (maximum 1 course)
  • BIOL 333 Wetland science and management
  • BIOL 440 Watershed ecohydrology
  • EAS 323 Introduction to hydrogeology
  • EAS 425 Contaminant hydrogeology
  • REN R 333 Wetland sciences and management
Other (maximum 1 course)
  • AREC 430 Economic impact assessment
  • BIOL 471 Landscape ecology
  • EAS 221 Introduction to geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • EAS 351 Environmental applications of geographical information systems
  • ENCS 352 Natural resource and environmental law
  • ENCS 356 Principles of rangeland conservation and habitat management
  • RENR 366 Restoration ecology
  • RENR 426 Geographical information systems applications in renewable resources
  • RENR 450 Environmentally sustainable agriculture

2. Revegetation Stream

Vegetation Science  (minimum 3 courses, maximum 5 courses)
  • RENR 450 Environmentally sustainable agriculture
  • AREC 430 Economic impact assessment
  • BOT 303 Plant development
  • BOT 308 Plant anatomy
  • BOT 314 Biology of bryophytes
  • BOT 321 Plant diversity and evolution
  • BOT 322 Field botany
  • BOT 332 Plant ecology
  • BOT 340 Plant physiology
  • ENCS 406 Rangeland plant communities of Western Canada
  • ENCS 407 Rangeland plant communities of North America
  • PLSC 324 Crop ecophysiology
  • PLSC 352 Invasive alien plants biology and control
  • PLSC 354 Forage crops
  • PLSC 355 Cereal, oilseed and pulse crops
  • PLSC 380 Principles of plant pathology
  • PLSC 470 Physiology of herbicidal action
  • RENR 321 Tree physiology
  • RENR 323 Silviculture
  • RENR 327 The mosses of Alberta conservation and Identification
  • RENR 368 Management and utilization of forest genetics resources
  • RENR 421 Advanced tree physiology
  • RENR 423 Advanced silviculture
Soil Science (maximum 1 course)
  • RENR 314 Forest soils
  • RENR 360 Soil and water conservation
  • RENR 442 Soil biogeochemistry
  • RENR 443 Soil physics
  • RENR 444 Environmental soil chemistry
  • RENR 445 Soil fertility
Water Science (maximum 1 course)
  • BIOL 333 Wetland science and management
  • BIOL 440 Watershed ecohydrology
  • RENR 333 Wetland sciences and management
  • RENR 452 Forest watershed management
Other (maximum 1 course)
  • AREC 430 Economic impact assessment
  • BIOL 331 Population ecology
  • BIOL 366 Northern ecology
  • BIOL 471 Landscape ecology
  • EAS 221 Introduction to geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • EAS 250 Biogeography
  • EAS 351 Environmental applications of geographical information systems
  • ENCS 352 Natural resource and environmental law
  • ENCS 356 Principles of rangeland conservation and habitat management
  • PL SC 380 Principles of plant pathology
  • PL SC 495 Integrated crop protection
  • REN R 322 Forest ecosystems
  • REN R 340 Wildland fire science and management
  • REN R 366 Restoration ecology
  • REN R 426 Geographical information systems applications in renewable resources
  • REN R 450 Environmentally sustainable agriculture

3. Containment Remediation Stream

Chemistry (minimum 1 course)
  • CHEM 164 Organic chemistry
  • CHEM 261 Organic chemistry I
  • CHEM 263 Organic chemistry II
Soil Science (minimum 1 course)
  • RENR 360 Soil and water conservation
  • RENR 442 Soil biogeochemistry
  • RENR 443 Soil physics
  • RENR 444 Environmental soil chemistry
  • REAR 445 Soil fertility
Water Science (minimum 1 course)
  • BIOL 440 Watershed ecohydrology
  • EAS 323 Introduction to hydrogeology
  • EAS 425 Contaminant hydrogeology
  • RENR 333 Wetland sciences and management
Vegetation Science (maximum 1 course)
  • BOT 322 Field botany
  • BOT 332 Plant ecology
  • BOT 340 Plant physiology
  • PLSC 324 Crop ecophysiology
  • PLSC 470 Physiology and herbicidal action
Other (maximum 1 course)
  • AREC 430 Economic impact assessment
  • BIOL 471 Landscape ecology
  • EAS 221 Introduction to geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • EAS 250 Biogeography
  • EAS 351 Environmental applications of geographical information systems
  • ENCS 352 Natural resource and environmental law
  • RENR 366 Restoration ecology
  • RENR 426 Geographical information systems applications in renewable resources

4. General Reclamation Stream

Soil Science (Minimum 2 Courses)
Vegetation Science (Minimum 1 Course) Water Science (Minimum 1 Course) Other