Field Research Project

Science & Technology
Environmental Science
Course Code
SCIE 2307
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The focus of this course is a semester-long research project involving a field location associated with a particular environmental topic. The project will be analogous to a major project undertaken by an environmental consulting company. Students will engage in data collection and analysis relevant to the environmental issue associated with the field location. Technical report writing and working in teams are required components of this course.
Course Content

Major topics may include:

  1. Population, community and ecosystem processes
  2. Biological diversity and conservation biology
  3. Geological topics including:
  • Bedrock & surficial geology
  • Landscapes & hillslopes
  • Streams & flooding
  • Earthquakes & hazards
  • Shorelines & coastal processes
  • Soils & groundwater
  • Toxic and hazardous wastes
  • Air & water pollution
  • Water quality sampling
  • Solid & liquid waste management
  • Habitat destruction and restoration
  • Biological invasions
  • Genetically-modified organisms
  • Geological, natural and environmental history of a local field site eg.:
    • Fraser Estuary
    • Coquitlam River
    • Boundary Bay
    • Burns Bog
    • Byrne Creek
  • Application of environmental management strategies eg.:
    • Adaptive management
    • Impact assessment
    • Stakeholders & partnerships
    • Conflict resolution
    Methods Of Instruction

    This course involves 2 hours per week of classroom instruction and 4 hours per week of laboratory and field work.

    Means of Assessment
    Project proposal 10%
    Quizzes 20%
    Group participation 10%
    Interim project report & presentation 20%
    Final project report & presentation 40%


    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of SCIE 2307, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe biological and geological features of a field site of environmental interest.
    2. Design a sampling protocol and collect biological, geological and chemical samples from a field site.
    3. Identify and catalogue biological and geological samples in the laboratory.
    4. Use GPS equipment and GIS software to map a field site.
    5. Conduct simple chemical analyses of field-collected samples (eg. water samples) in the laboratory.
    6. Design and conduct simple field experiments to answer questions of environmental interest.
    7. Operate and maintain field equipment used for collection of data.
    8. Accurately record data from field collections and experiments and enter into an appropriate computer program (eg. Microsoft Excel).
    9. Prepare data for presentation (eg. graphically) and conduct simple statistical analyses.
    10. Organize field, laboratory and data analysis activities by collaboration with a team of students.
    11. Research an environmental topic related to the data collection above, prepare a major report and present findings in a student conference.
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    Courseware manual


    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
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SCIE 1XXX (4) 2005/01/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GEOG 1XX (3) 2005/01/01 to -
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENVS 2XX (3) 2005/01/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SCIE 1st (4) 2005/01/01 to -
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENSC 2XX (3) 2005/01/01 to -
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BIOL 2XX (3) 2005/01/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2005/01/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

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