First Year in
Environmental & Resource Science/Studies

Introduction to environmental science/studies, ERSC 1000Y, is 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 instrutors teaches the course, providing students with access to a wide range of expertise and fields of study.

ERSC 1000Y is required for all ERS Program degrees:

  • 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

It is also required for the following:

  • 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

And it is recommended for the following:

  • B.Sc. in Biology

ERSC 1000Y – Introduction to environmental science/studies
An interdisciplinary exploration of how humans use, affect, and protect our world, emphasizing the scientific, political, ethical and economic dimensions of environmental issues. These dimensions are examined through a series of case studies including: the Trent University environment, urban environments, endangered species and natural habitats, water quality and the protection of rivers and lakes, the environmental implications of globalization, and climate change. 

Course Objectives

  • To enhance the environmental literacy and citizenship of Trent students
  • To generate student interest in environmental issues
  • To introduce key concepts and skills required for further study in environmental science and studies

What we expect you will learn:

Key values:

  • A concern for the environment and future generations
  • A desire to make a difference

Key knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the many interactions between human society and the natural environment
  • Knowledge about potential solutions to environmental problems

Key skills:

  • Ability to read and think critically and analyze the relations between humans and the environment
  • Ability to identify, define and develop solutions to environmental problems
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Ability to manage, interpret, and communicate data and results
  • Ability to present your ideas orally

Course Format

ERSC 1000Y is a full course, typically consisting of three hours of lectures and a one-hour seminar each week. Seminars provide a chance to work in smaller groups on assignments, course material, and other projects. The course also provides opportunities for outdoor field study, particularly on the Trent campus.

Course Text

A coursepack is planned for 2013-14.


  • Environmental issues at Trent
  • Environmental policy in Canada
  • Ecological concepts
  • Biodiversity science and policy
  • Urban environments
  • Economics and the environment
  • Organizations, activism, and the environment
  • Energy and the environment
  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Contaminants in the environment
  • Mining and the environment
  • Climate change
  • Air pollution, CFCs and ozone depletion
  • Environment and development
  • Water management and protection
  • Ecological agriculture
  • Ecological restoration
  • Indigenous environmental perspectives

For More Information

Course notes, assignments, and other details are available to students enrolled in ERSC 1000Y 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.


Last updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 14:42

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