First Year in
Environmental & Resource Science/Studies

Up to 2013-14, ERS offered one full course in first year in Peterborough.  In 2014-15, we are moving to two half courses, one to be offered in FA term and one in WI term.

Our first year course offerings will include two 0.5 credits:

  • ERSC 1010H: Foundations of Environmental Science and Studies, and

  • ERSC 1020H: Cases in Environmental Science and Studies

These courses are designed to introduce students to a range of concepts and knowledge required for upper-year ERS courses, to explore contemporary environmental issues, and to improve environmental literacy. A team of ERS instructors teach these courses, exposing students to a wide range of expertise and fields of study.

These two half credits are both required for a number of degrees and programs, including:

  • the B.A. program in Environmental & Resource Studies

  • the B.Sc. program in Environmental & Resource Science

  • the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies (B.E.S.S.) Program

  • the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems B.A. and B.Sc. degrees

  • the Environmental Chemistry B.Sc. Program

  • the Indigenous Environmental Studies B.A. and B.Sc. Programs

The are recommended for:

  • B.Sc. in Biology

Finally, both half credits are prerequisites for most ERS Program courses, and for some courses outside the ERS Program.

ERSC 1010H – Foundations of Environmental Science and Studies
An interdisciplinary inquiry into the biophysical and social foundations that enable the study of environmental issues, emphasizing the scientific, political, social, economic, and historical dimensions of environmental issues.  These dimensions are examined through a series of issues including climate change, air pollution, land and resource use, biodiversity and protected areas, contaminants, and water quality and quantity.


ERSC 1020H – Cases in Environmental Science and Studies
An interdisciplinary exploration of how humans use, affect, and protect the environment.  Through in-depth case studies on environmental and/or resource issues, the complex interrelationships between humans and the environment will be explored using scientific, social, political, economic, and numerical approaches.

For More Information

Course notes, assignments, and other details are available to students enrolled in both courses via myTrent >> Blackboard. For more information about this course, about other courses, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Environmental & Resource Science/Studies department.


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