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:

All students in the program must complete *6 Junior ENGL and *3 Humanities (See Arts Chart 1, Group 2 in the University Calendar) and the following core courses:

100 level courses:
  • AREC 173 (Plate, 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 (Science, Technology, & the Environment), or HIST 294 (An Introduction to the History of Sciences, Technology, & Medicine), or STS 200 (Introduction to Science, Technology, & Society)
  • AREC 200 (Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food) or (AREC 365 Natural Resources and Environmental Economics)
  • BIOL 208 (Principles of Ecology)
  • EAS 204 (Environment Alberta) or EAS 205 (Environment Earth)
  • EAS 221 (Geographic Information Systems) or REN R 201 (Intro to Geomatic Techniques in Natural Resource Management)
  • NS 200 (Aboriginal Canada)
  • REN R 205 (Wildlife Biodiversity & Ecology) or REN R 210 (Intro to Soil Science & Soil Resources) 
  • SOC 291 (Introduction to Environmental Sociology)
300 level courses
  • ENCS 352 (Environmental Law in Canada)
  • HIST 359 (Canadian Environmental History)
  • PHIL 355 (Environmental Ethics)
  • *3 400-level capstone course.
Concentrations: **For students admitted 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 & Society, Politics, Society & 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 to fufill any prerequistes listed in the UofA 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 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 
 AN SC 200   Principles of Animal Agriculture
 AN SC 376   Animal Welfare 
 AREC 200    Current Economic Issues for Agriculture & 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 Food Science and Technology 
 NU FS 223   Cultural Ecology of Food and Health 
 PHIL 359     Philosophy of Hunting 
 PHIL 368     Equality and Social Justice 
 POL S 333   Ecology and Politics 
 REN R 260   History and Fundamentals of Environmental Conservation 
 REN R 271   The Politics of Food and Natural Resources 
 REN R 450   Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture 
 REN R 467   Methods of Environmental Interpretation & Communication 
 WGS 340     Feminism and Food 

Politics, Society & the Global Environment

Choose courses from the following list. 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 
 ANTHR 230  Anthropology of Science, Technology and the Environment   
 AREC 200    Current Economic Issues for Agriculture & Food 
 AREC 365    Natural Resources and Environmental Economics 
 AREC 375    World Food and Agriculture 
 EAS 205       Environment Earth 
 ECON 269    Economics and the Environment 
 HIST 294     An Introduction to History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine   
 INT D 303    Economics of World Food and Agriculture 
 PHIL 368     Equality and Social Justice 
 POL S 230    Introduction to Comparative Politics: Global North or POL S   
 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 & 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 & Society                          
 SOC 100      Introduction to Sociology 
 SOC 269      Introductory Sociology of Globalization 
 SOC 335      Sociological 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 & 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.