Mountain Research and Initiatives

Courses

Mountains 101 MOOC

Mountains 101 is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of mountains and their environmental and human impact. Topics covered include:

  • the geological origins of mountains;
  • importance for biodiversity and water cycles, globally and locally;
  • their cultural significance around the globe;
  • how mountains are being affected by rapid change in a warming climate;
  • and more.

Mountains 101 will launch January 9, 2017. Online registration opens November 1, 2016.

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For-Credit Courses

INTD 280: The Mountain World


An interdisciplinary study of the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments. Content includes the physical (glaciers, climate, geology, etc.), biological (flora, fauna, ecology, etc.), physiological (human bodies at altitude, performance, sport, etc.), and cultural (societies, literature’s, histories, etc.) dimensions of these unique regions, as well as a critical analysis of the processes of change and influence shaping local and regional mountain environments around the globe, past and present. (Offered jointly by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of Science)

WINTER 2017: 2 for-credit sections of INTD280 will be offered: one in-class, and one online as Mountains 101. Learn more about how to register for the for-credit online offering.

INTD 281: Integrated Mountains Studies and Skills in the Austrian Alps


Held primarily at the University of Innsbruck’s Obergurgl Research Station in the high mountain environment of the Austrian Tyrol, this three-week study abroad course integrates both interdisciplinary mountain field studies (glaciology, geology, land use and human history, and the ecology) and physical mountain travel skills (such as summer hiking, climbing, andmountaineering). Students receive hands-on instruction in the field by mountain studies scholars from both the University of Alberta and the University of Innsbruck, as well as internationally certified mountain guides. There are no foreign language requirements. Students are responsible for their own personal gear (equipment is available to rent). Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisite: Consent from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. 

INTD 282: Mountain Backcountry Field Skills


Held at the Alpine Club of Canada’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC), this condensed one-week course is designed to impart an introduction to leadership skills (theoretical, technical, and personal) used in basic mountain backcountry field operations for scientific research, outdoor recreation, tourism, and/or educational purposes. This course is open to all UofA students. It's worth three credits. No prerequisite is required. And no prior backcountry skills are required.
For further info, contact the course instructor: zac.robinson@ualberta.ca



EAS 209: Geology of Western Canada and the National and Provincial Parks


An interdisciplinary study of the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments. Content includes the physical (glaciers, climate, geology, etc.), biological (flora, fauna, ecology, etc.), physiological (human bodies at altitude, performance, sport, etc.), and cultural (societies, literature’s, histories, etc.) dimensions of these unique regions, as well as a critical analysis of the processes of change and influence shaping local and regional mountain environments around the globe, past and present. (Offered jointly by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of Science) [Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation]
 

EAS 105: The Dynamic Earth Through Time


The plate tectonic framework of a dynamic Earth as it relates to the origin of major groups of minerals and rocks. Earthquakes, structural geology, and the origin of mountain belts. Surface processes and their sedimentary products. History of life and extinctions. Not available to students with credit in EAS 101, 210 or SCI 100. Prerequisite: EAS 100 or GEOPH 110 or GEOPH 210.