An education in the sciences opens the door to countless education and career opportunities. Get a kick-start on your Environmental Studies education with an Associate of Science - Environmental Science degree. Equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelor degree, you can save money with lower tuition and cost of living while completing the first half of your degree.
Smaller class sizes also means you’ll receive more personalized attention from your instructors, helping you to succeed. In fact, College of the Rockies students completed university with an overall higher grade-point-average (GPA) than did their counterparts at most other BC colleges and universities.
Have plans to go to university? Courses in the ASc in Environmental Science program have been selected for transfer to degree programs at other institutions, including the Environmental Science BSc programs at University of Lethbridge, Simon Fraser University (Applied Biology or Environmental Earth Systems concentration), and University of Northern BC.
The Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science provides the student with the first two years of study towards a Bachelor of Science degree. This program offers cross-disciplinary studies in areas that relate to the local and global environment.
Our Education Advisors are available to help you plan your Associate degree course list – and to plan for transferring credits to university to complete your degree. Additional sources include:
English 100 focuses on composition for academic purposes and develops a student’s ability to write clearly and effectively. Students also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and devices), scholarly research, and academic reading.
An introduction to the critical reading of literature through the study and analysis of poetry and drama across historical periods from Shakespeare to twenty-first century poets and dramatists. While this course will teach students how to perform college-level literary analysis of canonical texts, it will also teach them how to question and evaluate the cultural narratives that literature circulates. As such, the class will explore questions of gender, class, race, nationhood/nation building, and the problematic literary canon in order to develop strategies for negotiating complex literary texts and to become better, more nuanced readers.
English 102 introduces students to the genre of literary fiction from the origins of the short story in early nineteenth century to the novels of twentieth and twenty-first century. The aim of ENGL 102 is to read fiction with an understanding of genre, technique and form; to apply various critical strategies to literary texts; and to develop analytical writing skills appropriate to essays at the university level. Ultimately, the course encourages students to consider how narrative forms can shape, challenge and respond to their moral, social, and political contexts
This course is intended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Topics include: functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, their interpretation, differentiation rules, techniques of differentiation, implicit differentiation, inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithms, applications of differentiation such as linear approximations, Newton’s method, related rates, analysis of graphs, and optimization, the Mean Value Theorem, definite and indefinite integrals, integration by substitution, Riemann sums, and applications of integration.
Calculus is a necessary step in any career in the sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics. It is also useful in any field which uses Statistics to analyze data.
This course is intended for students who require an appreciation of higher mathematics, but don’t require calculus. MATH 101 stresses a logical and critical thinking approach while investigating the following topics: an introduction to matrices and to linear algebra; linear programming and the Simplex method; set theory, counting techniques and probability; and introduction to statistics; and Markov Processes.
Discrete mathematics plays an important role in logical thought and in computer science programming. This course provides an introduction to a variety of post-secondary mathematics which do not require calculus. MATH 102 is intended both for students who wish to see useful and real life applications of mathematics and for those needing to learn more about algorithms and problem solving in the context of computer science. Topics include: binary, octal, and hexadecimal number systems, formal logic, set theory and set algebra, Boolean algebra, introductory graph theory, algorithms and simple coding, and an introduction to formal mathematical proofs.
Students work with polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, inverse, and hyperbolic functions. They will learn integration techniques (substitution, parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution, numerical methods), applications of integration (volumes of revolution, work, fluid, force, surfaces, arc length, and centroids); I’Hôpital’s rule and improper integrals; sequences and series; convergence tests (divergence, integral, comparison, limit comparison, ratio, root, and alternating series tests), Power, Maclaurin and Taylor series, differential equations, polar curves (common graphs, slopes, area, arc length, and conics) and parametric equations (higher order derivatives, area, and arc length).
Calculus is a necessary step in any career in the sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics. It is also useful in any field which uses Statistics to analyze data.
This course introduces the fundamental ideas of statistics and can be applied to any discipline. Topics include: collection, description, and presentation of data; calculating central tendency and dispersion; probability and statistical inference; hypothesis testing (means, proportions, variances, one and two samples); correlation and regression; decision making and sampling, Goodness of Fit Tests, and Contingency Tables.
This course provides an introduction to the history, principles, and methods of psychology. Topics may include the brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, thinking and language, and states of consciousness.
This course is a continuation of PSYC 101. Topics may include development across the lifespan, intelligence, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behaviour.
This course introduces students to scientific analysis and communication of environmental issues. Students will learn about natural systems and the complex interactions among their biological, physical, chemical and anthropogenic components. Students will consider Western and Indigenous perspectives, governance, and economic factors to critically evaluate and communicate environmental problems. Students will investigate how those issues affect various aspects of the ecosphere, including humans, and will use integrated knowledge and perspectives to explore sustainable solutions. Laboratory activities, field trips and guest lectures will offer the opportunity to study regional environments and local environmental issues.
An introduction to the structure and function of organisms with particular reference to molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects of the living world. Designed for students seeking a degree or diploma in a field of science or technology, BIOL 101, with BIOL 102, lays the foundations on which the higher-level courses in Biology are based. It is also suitable as an elective course for general interest or arts students.
BIOL 102 is an introduction to organismic and population biology with emphasis on reproduction, genetics, developmental biology, evolution, diversity and ecology.
This course presents the fundamental principles of chemistry with particular reference to acid-base and redox chemistry, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, properties of liquids, gases, solids and their solutions, phase changes, andthermochemistry. The associated laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, safety and technical writing skills.
Together with CHEM 101,CHEM 102 provides a solid foundation in fundamental chemical principles. Topics include equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, chemistry of the main group elements and the chemistry of organic and biomolecules. The associated laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental technique, data collection and analysis, safety and technical writing skills.
This course provides a solid background in the principles of analytical chemistry and their applications in fields such as environmental science. Topics include measurements and their errors, the use of statistics in data analysis and sampling, redox-, complexometric- and acid-base titrations, absorption and emission forms of atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemical methods of analysis and separation techniques. The laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, safety and technical writing skills.
This course examines the concepts and processes of physical geography that govern the function of the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere using an earth-systems approach. Course lectures and lab topics introduce the sciences of cartography, meteorology, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, biogeography, and soils. A focus on how human activities impact the environment, such as climate change and other real world issues will also be addressed.
Genetics is the study and understanding of inheritance and development of organisms. This course will provide an introduction to genes and gene function. Mendelian and extra-mendelian genetics and molecular genetics review and expand on these topics explored in first year biology. Topics in transmission, molecular and quantitative genetics will also be discussed. Lab material will include descriptive aspects, techniques, data analysis and experimentation.
This course studies of the interactions between organisms and their environment at the organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels. Topics considered include energy flow, nutrient cycling, ecological succession, population dynamics and evolutionary processes. Local examples may be used to illustrate some of the principles.
This course presents a regional geographic analysis of British Columbia and investigates the physical, cultural, economic, and historical characteristics of the various provincial regions. This course also examines patterns of settlement and development, with particular emphasis on industries of importance to the Columbia Basin region, including forestry, mining, and tourism.
This course will introduce concepts in geographical information science (GIS) and remote sensing. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an applied field encompassing the acquisition, storage, processing, analysis and presentation of spatial information. GIS has become an essential tool for spatially informed decision making in government, academic and private sectors. Course lectures will cover underlying theory, concepts and applications of GIS, remote sensing of the Earth’s surface, aerial photography, photogrammetry and visual image interpretation. Lab sessions will apply lecture theory through hands-on experience with industry standard GIS software (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online), aerial photography interpretation, and image assessment.
This course will examine the basic principles and processes governing the Earth’s weather and climate, including the movement of water. In this course, students will analyze the linkages between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and land surface interactions responsible for creating the weather and climate that we experience each day. Specifically we will examine fluxes of mass and energy exchanges, radiation, precipitation, winds, weather systems, fluvial hydrology, water balances, and global climates.
This course will introduce methods for collecting, analyzing, and reporting geographic data. Course topics include gathering samples, describing data and theoretical distributions, testing significance, and exploring spatial relationships. Real-world examples from both physical and human geography as well as other related subject areas will provide a foundation for more advanced courses and applications. All lab activities are computer based using statistical software.
This course is an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Aboriginal studies. The prehistory, history, and traditional and contemporary cultures of Aboriginals in Canada and their various perspectives are addressed. Additionally, the historical overview of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations and their effects are explored.
This course surveys Canada’s past before 1867. It looks at original Indigenous inhabitants through French settlers and English conquerors to colonial immigrants, labourers, businessmen, politicians, and women, a panoply of fascinating historical agents. In addition, significant events, such as group contact/relations, expansion/settlement processes, economic undertakings, military battles as well as rebellions, social developments, and political evolutions, are examined. Attention is paid to time's impact on continuity and change throughout the period, but greater emphasis is placed on understanding these agents and events through the major analytical categories of race/ethnicity, gender, and class. Doing so helps foster students' interest in the importance of understanding this country's past and allows them to acquire greater historical consciousness to critically understand Canadians’ current context.
A historical survey of Canada, this course traces the country’s development from the immediate aftermath of Confederation to contemporary times. Over that period, significant actors and events, like the World Wars and the Depression, will be considered. Greater attention, however, will be paid to changes and continuities arising from Canada's territorial growth; consolidation under the national policy, including incorporating large numbers of immigrants into the country; cleavages in their various manifestations; imperialism-continentalism choices; industrialization/urbanization/reform movements; post-war international and social decisions; Sixties' upheavals, and Indigenous marginalization. All of these areas of study will help foster students' interest in the importance of understanding this country's past and allow them to acquire greater historical consciousness to critically question whether Canadians’ attempts to create a great nation were best for all.
Philosophy 102 is designed to explore three primary subject areas of philosophy: the nature of reality (metaphysics), the study of knowledge (epistemology), and the question of God (the philosophy of religion). Resources include Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Materialism, Locke, Hume, Kant, and many more, both classical and contemporary. Some of the particular issues explored are: the question of transcendent reality, the mind-body problem, free will versus determinism, the role of mind and perception in knowing, the claims of skepticism, and the central arguments for and against the existence of God.
This course deals with the economic principles that govern the individual segments of the economy. Topics include supply and demand, price elasticity, utility, cost of production, perfect and imperfect market structures, theory of production, the demand for factors, and the pricing of factors. Some current business situations are discussed.
This course presents the economic principles that govern the behaviour of the nation’s economy. Topics include production possibility, supply and demand, national income analysis, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade. Current Canadian economic problems are discussed.
This course provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of analysis in environmental economics. It applies microeconomic principles to the examination of market failures and how they may be corrected either through incentives or policy. Topics include valuing the environment, cost-benefit analysis, environmental policy analysis, and specific Canadian environmental issues and policy.
This course examines the central concepts of environmental sustainability and considerations for development. Students are introduced to the complexity and debate of developing resource-based industries and minimizing impacts to ecosystems and communities. Planning and management strategies for various industries, as well as the role of various agencies and organizations, will be examined with specific examples.
This course introduces students to political science, assisting them to gain a foundational understanding of first, the discipline's key concepts and second, its practicalities. In order to do so, study will start with the fundamental nature of politics; power in all its guises; political beliefs, attitudes, and values acquisition; and the theoretical bases/action plans of various ideologies. Consideration will then turn to an exploration of peoples' efforts to create proper sized political units; set fundamental rules; lead and make decisions; debate and pass laws; offer advice for and put in place government programs; organize to achieve goals and aims; and devise electoral systems to make choices. To clarify and solidify learning this information, students will work up case studies so they can develop better-informed political opinions and proceed to other political science courses.
This course provides an opportunity to study and interpret significant social, historical, political and philosophical themes of contemporary art as a cultural expression of society. Beginning with Western Art of the 13th century, we will study the influences leading to Modern and Contemporary Art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students explore important developments through the intersection of art, science, technology and the new forms of visual culture that are shaping the contemporary art of today.
The Studio Foundations course embodies fundamental hands-on experience with art materials and creative processes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and graphics. It provides students with an introduction to concepts and processes used in producing and presenting art through the study and application of creative methods and techniques, specific and multimedia approaches, and other considerations needed in the planning, rendering and presenting of art.
This course involves an in-depth exploration of the concept of culture and the cross-cultural study of human diversity within the discipline of anthropology. Students focus on topics such as anthropological research, ethics, culture, worldview, gender, language, marriage, families and households, Indigenous peoples, religion and globalization. Students also engage in self-reflexive examination of their own worldviews, perceptions and biases in relation to other peoples and cultures.
Introduction to Microbiology is an introduction to the general principles of microbiology. Lectures and laboratory exercises explore fundamental topics of microbiology, environmental microbiology and molecular microbiology such as diversity of microorganisms, microbial structure, metabolism, genetics and microbial ecology emphasizing applied, medical and environmental microbiology. The laboratory introduces methods for safe handling of microorganisms, techniques of microbial isolation, enumeration and identification as well as experiments relevant to lectures.
This course covers the evolution and comparative anatomy of cephalochordates, urochordates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The comparative anatomy of major organ systems among fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals will be studied in the lab via dissection of representative organisms. The lab will emphasize the relationship between structure and function of vertebrate organisms while the lecture will focus on current controversies and discoveries in the scientific study of vertebrate evolution.
An introduction to the major principles of physical and historical geology covering the origin and structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, volcanism and other mountain building processes, the erosion of the Earth's crust, and the formation and properties of minerals and rocks.
This course introduces the student to how calculus is used to build physical theory and to solve problems in kinematics, dynamics, momentum, and centre of mass calculations. In addition, the student is introduced to several conservation laws, in particular conservation of mechanical energy and linear and angular momentum.
This course builds on PHYS 103. Electric and magnetic fields are used as examples of vector fields, and the concept of flux and Gauss's theorem are used to calculate the electric field in simple cases. Line integrals and the gradient are introduced as a means of going between electric field and potentials. Students are taught the uses for resistors, capacitors, and inductors and how to do calculations for circuits which use them. Ideas from relativity and quantum mechanics are introduced.
This course is intended for students who are pursuing Engineering or a Bachelor of Science degree. Topics include probability theory, random variables, expected values, variance, moments, probability distributions (binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, geometric, negative binomial and gamma), estimation (properties of estimators, method of maximum likelihood and method of moments), hypothesis testing (type I and II errors, and generalized likelihood ratio tests), distributions (?2, t and F) and their tests, goodness of fit and contingency tables, regression and ANOVA. Statistics are used to analyze data throughout the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine and Physics.
Modern Physics covers wave-particle duality of matter, special relativity, processes in atomic, nuclear, and solid state. It also introduces students to quantum mechanical devices and techniques.
CHEM 201 is an introductory course in organic chemistry including the structure and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. The laboratory stresses the techniques of preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds
CHEM 202 is a continuation of CHEM 201 involving the structure and reactions of the more complex aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic systems including an introduction to natural product chemistry and industrially important organic compounds. The laboratory stresses synthetic methods and some analytical procedures.
|Tuition Year 1:||$3375.0|
|Tuition Year 2:||$3375.0|
|Student Association Fee:||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
|Tuition Year 1||$11700.0|
|Tuition Year 2||$12650.0|
|Student Association Fee||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee||$459.0|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Environmental science students may work within a variety of industries in both private and governmental sectors. Most jobs in the field require at least a bachelor's degree. Specific job roles may include (additional education required for most positions):
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