Courses

Environmental Studies BA Course Information for Arts Students

For general program requirements please see the latest version of the University Calendar 

Common Core Course Requirements:

In the * 120 required to complete the degree, the following must be included:
  1. *60 must be successfully completed at the U of A
  2. A minimum of *30 must be taken while registered in the Faculty of Arts

The following courses, comprising *57, are common to all routes within the program:

100 level courses:
  • AREC 173 The Plate, The Planet, and Society
  • BIOL 108 Introduction to Biological Diversity
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • POL S 101 Introduction to Politics

200 level courses:
  • ANTHR 230 Anthropology of Science, Technology, and the Environment or HIST 294 An Introduction to the History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine or STS 200 Introduction to Science, Technology, & Society
  • AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food or AREC 365 Natural Resources Economics
  • BIOL 208 Principles of Ecology
  • EAS 204 Environment Alberta or EAS 205 Environment Earth
  • EAS 221 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing or REN R 201 Introduction to Geomatic Techniques in Natural Resource Management
  • NS 200 Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back
  • REN R 205 Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology or REN R 210 Introduction to Soil Science and Soil Resources 
  • SOC 291 Introduction to Environmental Sociology
300 level courses
  • ENCS 352 Natural Resource and Environmental Law
  • HIST 359 Canadian Environmental History
  • PHIL 355 Environmental Ethics
  • *3 400-level capstone course
 
Concentrations: **For students admitted after Fall 2015**

[Students admitted prior to Fall 2015 may switch their programs to the current concentration structure or continue with pre-2015 structure if they prefer. Contact your Program Advisor for more information]

In addition to the common core, you must also complete a minimum of *30 in additional course credits from one of the following concentrations: Food and Society, Politics, Society and the Global Environment, or Environment and Peoples of Canada. (Courses taken to satisfy core requirements may not be counted towards the *30 required for any concentration.) You must fulfill any prerequisites listed in the U of A Calendar before taking a course or obtain permission of the instructor to enroll. As a result, you may need to use free electives to satisfy course prerequisites.

Food and Society

Choose courses from the following. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your Program Advisor. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change.  Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information. 

Course/Title

AN SC 200 Principles of Animal Agriculture                   
AN SC 376 Animal Welfare
AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food
AREC 375 World Food and Agriculture
AREC 471 Society and Well-Being
AREC 473 Food and Agricultural Policies
AREC 485 Trade and Globalization in Food and Resources
ANTHR 372 Anthropology of Food
ANTHR 460  Nutritional Anthropology 
BIOL 391 People, Pollution and the Environment
HIST 294 Introduction to the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
INT D 303 Economics of World Food and Agriculture
NU FS 100  Introduction to Good Science and Technology
NU FS 223 The Cultural Ecology of Food and Health
PHIL 359 Philosophy of Hunting
PHIL 368  Topics in Social Justice
POL S 333  Ecology and Politics
REN R 260  History and Fundamentals of Environmental Protection and Conservation
REN R 271 The Politics of Food and Natural Resources
REN R 450  Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
REN R 467 Environmental Interpretation and Science Communication
WGS 240 Feminism and Food
              

Politics, Society & the Global Environment

Choose courses from the following list. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your Program Advisor. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change. Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information.

Course/Title
ANTHR 230 Anthropology of Science, Technology and the Environment
AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food
AREC 365  Natural Resource Economics
AREC 375  World Food and Agriculture
EAS 205 Environment Earth
ECON 269 Economics of the Environment
HIST 294 An Introduction to History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine
INT D 303 Economics of World Food and Agriculture
PHIL 368 Topics in Social Justice
POL S 230 Introduction to Comparative Politics: Global North
POL S 266 Politics of Globalization
POL S 345 Topic in Globalization and Governance
POL S 364 Introduction to International Political Economy
POL S 434 Cities and Globalization 
REN R 467 Methods of Environmental Interpretation and Communication
R SOC 355 Rural Communities and Global Economies
R SOC 365 Sociology of Environment and Development
R SOC 430 Social Impact Assessment
R SOC 450 Environmental Sociology
R SOC 460 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge
STS 200 Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology, and Society
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 269 Introductory Sociology of Globalization
SOC 335 Sociology Theorizing: Power
SOC 343 Social Movements
WGS 310 Gender, Development, and Beyond

Environment and Peoples of Canada

Choose courses from the following. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your program adviser. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change. Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information.

Course/Title
BIOL 333 Wetland Management and Ecology
BIOL 366 Northern Ecology
BIOL 367 Conservation Biology
BIOL 381 People, Pollution and the Environment
HIST 358 History of Canadian and Circumpolar Arctic
HIST 369 History of Native Peoples in Canada since 1867
HIST 495 Seminar on the History of Sustainability 
NS 240 Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues
NS 290 Introduction to Research and Inquiry
NS 335 Native People and the Fur Trade
NS 355 Native Oral and Indigenous Knowledge
NS 435 Aboriginal Natural Resources
POL S 220 Canadian National Government and Politics
POL S 333 Ecology and Politics
POL S 429 Government and Politics of Alberta
POL S 440 Topics in Canadian Public Policy
REN R 205 Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology
REN R 260 History and Fundamentals of Environmental Protection and Conservation
REN R 364 Principles of Managing Natural Diversity
REN R 467 Methods of Environmental Interpretation and Communication
R SOC 365 Sociology of Environment and Development
R SOC 450 Environmental Sociology
R SOC 460 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge 

 

Elective courses: 

There are *33 credits in free electives in this program. Bear in mind that you may need to use some of these electives to satisfy pre-requisites for some course options on the concentration lists.