Environment Courses

Environment Specialization

This is an overview of current courses offered 2017-2018, although they may change in the future. The most updated information can be found on the UBC Course Schedule.


Anthropology Courses

  • ANTH 360 Introduction to Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTH 461 Anthropological Study of Local Ecological Knowledge
  • ANTH 462 Special Topics in Ecological Anthropology

Applied Biology Courses

  • APBI 200 Introduction to Soil Science
  • APBI 210 Vascular Plants
  • APBI 260 Agroecology I
  • APBI 290 Introductory Topics in Applied Biology
  • APBI 319 Aquaculture and the Environment
  • APBI 342 Soil Biology
  • APBI 360 Agroecology II
  • APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
  • APBI 401 Soil Processes
  • APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management
  • APBI 403 Soil Sampling, Analyses and Data Interpretation
  • APBI 426 Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • APBI 444 Agroforestry
  • APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology
  • APBI 420 Greenhouse Horticulture Systems
  • APBI 440 Plant Genomics
  • APBI 442 Forest Soils
  • APBI 495 (3) Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments

Agroecology Courses

  • AGRO 490 Topics in Applied Biology

Applied Science Courses

  • APSC 261 Technology and Society I

Arts and Science Interdisciplinary Courses

  • ASIC 220 Introduction to Sustainability

Business & Social Development Courses

  • BASD 501** Corporate Social Responsibility
  • BASD 502** Case Studies in Global Environmental Issues

Biology Courses

  • BIOL 302 Community and Ecosystem Biology
  • BIOL 303 (3) Population Biology
  • BIOL 304 Fundamentals of Ecology
  • BIOL 305 (3) Introduction to Biological and Geological Oceanography
  • BIOL 306 Advanced Ecology
  • BIOL 320 Survey of Algae
  • BIOL 343 Plants and Peoples
  • BIOL 345 Human Ecology
  • BIOL 402 Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 403 (3) Biological Oceanographic Methods
  • BIOL 404 Ecological Methodology
  • BIOL 405 (3) Marine Ecology
  • BIOL 406 (3) Plant Ecology I
  • BIOL 407 Plant Ecology II
  • BIOL 412 Phytogeography
  • BIOL 413 Zoogeography
  • BIOL 416 (3) Principles of Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 417 Phylogenetic Biology
  • BIOL 418 Evolutionary Ecology
  • BIOL 440 Plant Genomics
  • BIOL 450 Molecular Adaptation of Animals to the Environment
  • BIOL 462 Ecological Plant Biochemistry
  • BIOL 465 Diversity ad Evolution of Fishes

Chemistry Courses

  • CHEM 302 Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry

Civil Engineering Courses

  • CIVL 200 Engineering and Sustainable Development

Conservation Courses

  • CONS 101 Introduction to Conservation
  • CONS 200 Foundations of Conservation
  • CONS 210 Visualizing Climate Change
  • CONS 302 Issues in Genomics and the Environment
  • CONS 330 Conservation Science and Sustainability
  • CONS 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation
  • CONS 370 Aboriginal Forestry
  • CONS 425 Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance
  • CONS 440 Conservation Policy
  • CONS 481 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation
  • CONS 486 Fish Conservation and Management

Economics Courses

  • ECON 370 Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation
  • ECON 371 Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 471 Economics of Nonrenewable Resources
  • ECON 472 Economics of Renewable Resources

Environmental Design Courses

  • ENDS 221 Sustainability by Design
  • ENDS 440 Environment and Urban Form

Environmental Science Courses

  • ENVR 200 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVR 300 Introduction to Research in Environmental Science
  • ENVR 400 Community Project in Environmental Science
  • ENVR 430 Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability
  • ENVR 440 Analytical Methods in Sustainability Science

Earth & Ocean Science Courses

  • EOSC 270 Marine Ecosystems
  • EOSC 310 (3) The Earth and the Solar System
  • EOSC 311 (3) The Earth and it Resources
  • EOSC 312 (3) The Earth System and Environmental Evolution
  • EOSC 314 (3) The Ocean Environment
  • EOSC 315 (3) The Ocean Ecosystem
  • EOSC 326 Earth and Life Through Time
  • EOSC 329 Groundwater Hydrology
  • EOSC 330 Principles of Geomorphology
  • EOSC 340 Global Climate Change
  • EOSC 350 Environmental, Geotechnical, and Exploration Geophysics I
  • EOSC 370 Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography
  • EOSC 371 (3) Introduction to Biological and Geological Oceanography
  • EOSC 428 Field Techniques in Groundwater Hydrology
  • EOSC 429 Groundwater Contamination
  • EOSC 431 (3) Groundwater Remediation
  • EOSC 470 Biological Oceanography
  • EOSC 474 Marine Pollution
  • EOSC 475 Marine Microbiology
  • EOSC 476 (3) Estuaries
  • EOSC 478 Introduction to Fisheries Science

Food and Resource Economics Courses

  • FRE 374 Land Economics
  • FRE 385 Quantitative Methods for Business and Resource Management
  • FRE 420 Trade and Domestic Policy in Global Food Markets
  • FRE 490 Current Issues in Food and Resource Economics

Forestry Courses

  • FRST 100 Sustainable Forests
  • FRST 201 Forest Ecology
  • FRST 303 Principles of Forest Science
  • FRST 305 Silviculture I
  • FRST 307 Biotic Disturbances
  • FRST 320 Abiotic Disturbances: Fire and Climate
  • FRST 405 (3) Forest Ecosystems
  • FRST 420 (3) Forest Environmental Management
  • FRST 413 Ecological Plant Biochemistry
  • FRST 421 Integrated Resource Management I
  • FRST 439 (3) International Forestry
  • FRST 444 Agroforestry
  • FRST 512 ** Belowground Forest Ecosystems
  • FRST 520** Land and Forest Resource Economics
  • FRST 588 Headwater Systems

Geographical Sciences Courses

  • GEOB 200 Atmospheric Environments
  • GEOB 207 Introduction to Biogeography
  • GEOB 270 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOB 305 Introduction to Hydrology
  • GEOB 307 Biogeography and Global Change
  • GEOB 370 Advanced Geographic Information Science
  • GEOB 373 Introductory Remote Sensing

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 101 (6) Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 102 (3) Introduction to Physical Geography: Air and Water
  • GEOG 103 (3) Introduction to Physical Geography: Landforms and Vegetation
  • GEOG 200 (3) Atmospheric Environments
  • GEOG 204 (3) Forest and Agricultural Climatology (Equivalent: SOIL 204)
  • GEOG 205 (3) Introduction to Hydrology
  • GEOG 207 Introduction to Biogeography
  • GEOG 300 (3) Microscale Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 306 (3) Principles of Geomorphology
  • GEOG 308 (3) Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology
  • GEOG 315 (3) Environmental Inventory and Classification
  • GEOG 316 Geography of Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 402 (3) Air Pollution Meteorology
  • GEOG 411 (3) Environment and Empire
  • GEOG 310 Environment and Sustainability
  • GEOG 311 Urban Environments
  • GEOG 312 Climate Change: Science and Society
  • GEOG 318 Sustainability of a Changing Environment
  • GEOG 319 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 357 Introduction to Social Geography
  • GEOG 361 Introduction to Economic Geography
  • GEOG 410 Environment and Society
  • GEOG 412 Water Management: Theory, Policy, and Practice.
  • GEOG 419 Research in Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 423 Development of Environmental Thought
  • GEOG 497 The Arctic

History Courses

  • HIST 106 Global Environmental History

Haida Gwaii Semesters Courses

  • HGSE 352 First Nations and Natural Resources
  • HGSE 353 Rainforest Ecology and Management
  • HGSE 355 Applied Ecology of Coastal Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • HGSE 357 Ecology and Management of Island Wildlife
  • HGSE 358 Conservation Ecology: Applications of Multiple Sources of Ecological Knowledge

Law Courses

  • LAW 318 Marine Resources Law (consult Faculty)
  • LAW 323 International Environmental Law
  • LAW 387 Canadian Environmental Law
  • LAW 389 Selected Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
  • LAW 392 Natural Resources Law
  • LAW 388 (2-4) Environmental Law in Practice (consult Faculty)
  • LAW 391 (2-4) Topics in Environmental Law (consult Faculty)

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 351 Environmental Politics and Policy

Sociology Courses

  • SOCI 360B Sociology and Natural Resources
  • SOCI 420 Sociology of the Environment

Other Courses

  • RMES 517** Agricultural Watershed Management

** Undergraduate students are sometimes able to take graduate level courses with special permission. Please ask.

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