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. 
 

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.

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.

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.