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Environmental Science Project

Course Code: EAES 2537
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course enables Environmental Science students to learn more about a focused topic. Projects will involve learning about the environment of a locale and associated environmental issues. Projects are determined through agreement between a student and a sponsoring instructor. Field work and travel may be required, and additional fees may apply for transportation and other expenses.

Course Content

In examining a specific project area, students may learn about and evaluate:

  • surface physiography;
  • soils and rocks;
  • surface water, groundwater and water quality;
  • ocean factors (water chemistry, currents, tide, waves, etc.);
  • climate and air quality;
  • natural hazards;
  • plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments;
  • ecosystems and habitats;
  • human influences;
  • other environmental factors.

Methods of Instruction

Depending on the project, students may undertake field work or labs, complete assignments, attend seminars, and conduct library and online research.

Seminar = 14 - 20 hours

Labs, field work, exercises/assignments, library and online research = 36 - 42 hours

Means of Assessment

Project Report 40%
Assignment(s) 30-40%
Preliminary Environmental Report 20-30%

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on the table above.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students of EAES 2537 will be able to:

  • conduct library and online research to locate scientific information sources to support their project;
  • analyze information sources for relevance and legitimacy;
  • prepare a Preliminary Environmental Report that provides an overview of many environmental factors that are relevant to the project;
  • Prepare a Project Report to describe the environmental issue, causes, past and future trends, project research and data analysis, possible solutions or adaptations.

course prerequisites

EAES 1201 or 1207 and BIOL 1110 and EAES 1120 or GEOG 1120 and a second year lab science that is relevant to the project, or permission of instructor.



curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.