Curriculum Guideline

Environmental Studies

Effective Date:
Program Code
ASARTE
Program
Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Humanities & Social Sciences
Credential Type
Associate Degree
Transcript Title
Arts/ENVS - Associate Degree
Date of First Offering
Start Term
201610
End Term
201720
Institutional Unit
Humanities & Social Sciences
Credential
Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Environmental Studies
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credits
60.00
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00

Course Requirements:

The Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis on Environmental Studies consists of a series of university transfer courses from which students can select any combination that fulfills basic Associate of Arts Degree requirements.

Students must take at least eight courses with an environmental theme/focus (see list below).

Arts courses with an environmental theme/focus:

Course Number Course Title Credits

ANTH 1170

Anthropology in Developing Countries

3.00

ANTH 2230

Ecology and Culture

3.00

CRIM 3320

Environmental Crime and Law

3.00

ECON 1201

Issues in Economic Development

3.00

ECON 2460

Environmental Economics

3.00

GEOG 1100

Introduction to Human Geography

3.00

GEOG 1130

Human Impact on the Environment

3.00

GEOG 1160

The Geography of British Columbia

3.00

GEOG 1180

The Geography of Canada

3.00

GEOG 1190

Selected Regions

3.00

GEOG 2213

Social Geography

3.00

GEOG 2270

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3.00

HIST 1104

World History Since 1945

3.00

IDST 1102

Perspectives on the Environment Creating a Sustainable Society

3.00

PHIL 2123

Environmental Ethics

3.00

POLI 1103

Introduction to World Politics

3.00

POLI 2203

Current International Issues

3.00

POLI 2204

The United Nations

3.00

SOCI 2270

Society and Environment

3.00

Science courses with an environmental theme/focus

BIOL 1110

Principles of Biology: The Biosphere

5.00

BIOL 2300

Marine Biology

5.00

BIOL 2301

Environmental Genetics

3.00

BIOL 2302

Urban Landscape and Biodiversity

5.00

BIOL 3305

Ecology

5.00

BIOL 3500

Plant Biology

5.00

BIOL 3700

Evolution

3.00

CHEM 2303

Environmental Chemistry

5.00

GEOG 1110

Weather and Climate

4.00

GEOG 1120

Introduction to Earth Sciences

4.00

GEOG 2210

Atmospheric Environments: Climatology

3.00

GEOG 2220

Geomorphology

3.00

GEOG 2230

The Geography of Biodiversity

3.00

GEOG 3311

Hydrology

3.00

GEOL 1120

Introduction to Earth Sciences

3.00

GEOL 1121

History of the Earth

3.00

GEOL 1150

Introduction to Engineering Geology

3.00

GEOL 1200

Natural Disasters

4.00

GEOL 2201

Marine Geology

4.00

SCIE 1100

Environmental Issues

3.00

SCIE 1107

Introduction to Environmental Science

5.00

SCIE 2207

Field Methods for Environmental Science

3.00

SCIE 2307

Field Research Project

4.00

Plus any two other second-year courses for which students have prerequisites.

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
  • 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.