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Environmental Issues

Science & Technology
Environmental Science
Course Code
SCIE 1100
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The survival of this planet will, in large part, depend upon people acquiring an understanding of the intricate interrelationship of the physical, chemical and biological systems found in nature and the impact upon them of human activity. In this context, this course will review the critical environmental issues of our time.
Course Content

The specific course content will vary depending upon the mix of disciplines involved in the course and the particular topics chosen for presentation by these disciplines. However, issues discussed will include topics from the following list:

  1. Ecosystems and Species Diversity
  2. Groundwater Contamination – Toxic/Hazardous Waste Disposal
  3. Natural Hazards
  4. Global Warming
  5. Sustainable Development
  6. Atmospheric Chemistry – Air Pollution
  7. Modeling
  8. Population Dynamics
  9. Environmental Ethics
  10. Public Policy – Environmental Law
  11. Energy
  12. Resource Depletion
  13. Economics and the Environment
  14. Genetic Engineering
  15. Public Health and the Environment
Methods Of Instruction

The primary method of instruction will be weekly lectures given by selected disciplines. Introductory and summary lectures, as well as course logistics, will be the responsibility of a course coordinator. Course topics will be scheduled to provide continuity of topics. Audio-visual presentations will be used where appropriate.

Means of Assessment
Attendance 10%
Topic essays (2) 40%
Mid-term exam 25%
Final exam 25%


Learning Outcomes

Specific course objectives will depend upon the mix of disciplines involved in the course content. A general outline of the objectives will be provided to students at the beginning of the course by the course coordinator, while detailed objectives for each component of the course will be provided by each participating instructor.

The overall objective of this course is to emphasize the interrelationships of the physical, chemical and biological systems found in nature and the impact upon them of human activity. As such, upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of the essential attributes of the important environmental issues presented in class.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of these issues.
  3. Discuss the long and short term implications of human kind not dealing with these issues.
  4. Define the concept of “sustainable development” and discuss its importance and relevance to the future of human activity.
  5. Show how an individual, through their own lifestyle, makes an impact upon the environment and how they might be able to contribute to finding solutions to environmental problems.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Miller Jr. T. G., (1998), Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections and Solutions, 10th Ed., Wadsworth Publishing.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU GEOG 101 (3) 2014/05/01 to 2019/04/30
Langara College (LANG) LANG GNST 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU REM 100 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOG 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOG 1XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU NATS 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO EESC 101 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SCIE 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENPL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ES 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU SCIE 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.