Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies at Trinity Western is an interdisciplinary program spanning three departments. In addition to ENVS courses, see Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Program (B.Sc.) and Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Program (B.A.) for other courses in this major.


    • ENVS 131 Global Environmental Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

      An investigation of the scientific principles behind global environmental issues. The course focuses on key ecological concepts and the changing relationship of humans with the natural world; including the different approaches to understanding and solving environmental problems, from local to global scales. It investigates such issues as human populations and environmental impact; loss of species biodiversity; air, water, and soil pollution; energy use; climate change; and waste management.

      NB: Fulfils academic core natural science requirements.

      Cross-listed: GEOG 131.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENVS 372 Internship (3 sem. hrs.)

      This internship/practicum course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in scientific and social scientific analysis within the realm of environmental science/studies helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in areas such as environmental assessment and ecological analyses, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non-profit/non-governmental organization.

      Prerequisite(s): Third year standing with a minimum of 9 sem. hrs. of ENVS core including two of BIOL 113, CHEM 101 or 111, ENVS 131 and GEOG 121 or instructor’s consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENVS 373 Internship II (3 sem. hrs.)

      This internship/practicum course gives students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment. The course is an efficient way to hone students' practical skills in scientific and social scientific analysis within the realm of environmental science/studies helping them gain valuable work experience by learning new skills, gaining new perspectives in areas such as environmental assessment and ecological analyses, and networking with the experts in this field. This practicum is offered as a tripartite arrangement that includes the student, the University's course instructor/program coordinator, and the approved practicum supervisor in a reputable government department, business, or non-profit/non-governmental organization.

      Prerequisite(s): Third year standing with a minimum of 9 sem. hrs, of ENVS core including two of BIOL 113, CHEM 101 or 111, ENVS 131 and GEOG 121 and ENVS 372. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ENVS 409 Thesis Preparation (1 sem. hr.)

      Students are required to choose a topic for their senior thesis (ENVS 410) in consultation with an instructor. Selected readings and references pertinent to the topic are assigned. A final written and oral report is presented consisting of a detailed thesis proposal and a literature review. Students are advised to start in their third year to allow observations over a full calendar year.

      Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in Environmental Studies or instructor's consent. (1-0; 0-0)


    • ENVS 410 Senior Thesis (2 sem. hrs.)

      Research in a chosen area of Environmental Studies with a final written report. Presentation of research findings are also made by the student in a seminar.

      NB: Normally 2 sem. hrs. are assigned unless arrangements are made with the Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): ENVS 409, a related directed study in preparation, or instructor's consent. (0-0; 1-2)


    • ENVS 411 Senior Thesis (3 sem. hrs.)

      Research in a chosen area of Environmental Studies with a final written report. Students present research findings in a seminar. Allows students with larger projects to gain extra credit.

      NB: Normally 2 sem. hrs. are assigned unless arrangements are made with the Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): ENVS 409, a related directed study in preparation, or instructor's consent. (0-0; 1-2)


    • ENVS 442 Environmental Thought (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the origin and development of those streams of geographic thought reflecting people's relationship to the natural environment. The course includes discussions within the context of Christian and non-Christian alternatives, the development of a responsible Christian environmental ethic and its application to global environmental issues.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Geography coordinator.

      Cross-listed: GEOG 442.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Geography including one of GEOG 111, 131; 212, or 230 or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)

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