First Year in
Environmental & Resource Science/Studies

Our first year course offerings include two 0.5 credit courses.  Here are their descriptions from the Trent University Calendar:

  • 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.

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.  Students attend lectures, seminars, and complete various assignments and an end of course exam.  Many of the assignments and in-course activities involve getting out into the environment to study issues first hand.

These two half credit courses are required for several degrees, including:

  • the B.A. and B.Sc. Environmental & Resource Studies degrees

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

  • the B.Sc. Water Sciences degree (new in 2015)
  • the B.A. and B.Sc. Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems degrees

  • the B.Sc. Environmental Chemistry degree

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

These courses are also recommended for a student majoring in B.Sc. Biology.  You will also find these courses are prerequisites for several year 2, 3, and 4 Trent University courses, both within and outside the ERS Program.

For More Information

Course notes, assignments, and other details are available to enrolled students via myTrent >> Blackboard. You may find additional information about ERS Program courses on our Courses page.  If you have any other questions, please contact the Environmental & Resource Science/Studies department.


Last updated: Friday, June 26, 2015 11:15

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