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Fall Semester Course Offerings

 

BIOL 1001 - Principles of Biology I

BIOL 2210 - Biology of Vertebrates

BIOL 2600 - Principles of Ecology

CHEM 1200 - General Chemistry I

CHEM 2210 - Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 2400 - Introductory Organic Chemistry I

EASC 1000 - Earth Systems

ENVS 2000 - Sampling Methods in Environmental Science

ENVS 2370 - Global Change

ENVS 3110 - Taxonomy of Flowering Plants

ENVS 3131 - Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems

ENVS 3210 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry I

ENVS 3260 - Industrial Chemistry *

ENVS 4000 - Environmental Science Seminar

ENVS 4069 - Fundamentals of Soil Systems

ENVS 4131 - Environmental Restoration and Waste Management

ENVS 4132 - Analytical Ecology

ENVS 4479 - Groundwater Flow

ENVS 4951 - Honours Project in Environmental Science

 

 

 

Winter Semester Course Offerings

 

BIOL 1002 - Principles of Biology II

BIOL 2122 - Biology of Invertebrates

BIOL 2010 - Biology of Plants

CHEM 1001 - General Chemistry II

CHEM 1200 - General Chemistry I

CHEM 2301 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

CHEM 2401 - Introductory Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 2440 - Organic Chemistry for Biologists

EASC 1002 - Concepts and Methods in Earth Sciences

ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Science

ENVS 2360 - Geological Hazards and Natural Disasters

ENVS 2430 - Energy and the Environment

ENVS 3000 - Principles of Environmental Toxicology

ENVS 3072 - Comparative Marine Environments

ENVS 3130 - Freshwater Ecology

ENVS 3211 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry II

ENVS 3261 - Atmospheric Chemistry *

ENVS 4133 - Conservation Biology

ENVS 4369 - Environmental Hydrology

ENVS 4950 - Research Project in Environmental Science

ENVS 4959 - Honours Research Project in Environmental Science II

 

 

Summer Semester Course Offerings

ENVS 4140 - Environmental Science Field Course

 

 

Note: Courses marked with an * are offered irregularly. Students should check course offerings at https://www.mun.ca/regoff/registration/course_offerings.php or consult with the program chair.

 

Course Descriptions

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus section of the Calendar. The University Calendar is the authority for all course information.

BIOL 1001 Principles of Biology I is an introduction to the science of Biology, including a discussion of the unity, diversity and evolution of living organisms.

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1001 is a prerequisite for BIOL 1002; Science 1807

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BIOL 1002 Principles of Biology II is an introduction to the science of Biology, including a discussion of the unity, diversity and evolution of living organisms.

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1001 is a prerequisite for BIOL 1002; Science 1807

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BIOL 2010 Biology of Plants is a study of the structure, function and reproductive Biology of plants, with emphasis on the vascular plants, and on their relationship to environment and human activities.

LC: 3

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1001, BIOL 1002, and Chemistry 1001; Science 1807

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BIOL 2122 Biology of Invertebrates is a study of the invertebrates with emphasis on structure and function, adaptations and life histories. The laboratories will present a broad survey of the major invertebrate groups.

CR: the former BIOL 3122

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1002; Science 1807

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2210 Biology of Vertebrates is a study of the vertebrates, with emphasis on structure and function, adaptations and life histories.       

CR: the former BIOL 3210

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1002; Science 1807

BIOL 2600 Principles of Ecology is a conceptual course introducing the principles of ecology, including theoretical, functional and empirical approaches.

CR: the former BIOL 3600

LH: 3

PR: BIOL 1002; Science 1807

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CHEM 1200 General Chemistry I is atomic structure and bonding, stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, energetics of chemical reactions, the periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, intermolecular forces. This introductory course is intended for students who have a knowledge of high school chemistry. This course is offered at Grenfell Campus only.

AR: attendance is required

CO: credit may be obtained for only one of the following pairs of courses: the former CHEM 1000 and CHEM 1001; CHEM 1200 and CHEM 1001

LC: 4

LH: 3

PR: Science 1807

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CHEM 1001 General Chemistry II is rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and introduction to organic chemistry.

AR: attendance is required

CR: credit may be obtained for only one of the following pairs of courses: the former CHEM 1000 and CHEM 1001; CHEM 1200 and CHEM 1001

LC: 4 including tutorials

LH: 3

PR: CHEM 1200 or equivalent; Science 1807

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CHEM 2210 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry focuses on fundamental concepts in the chemistry of s, p, and d block elements and their compounds. Emphasis will be placed on periodic trends in physical and chemical properties, molecular symmetry, molecular orbital diagrams, simple crystal structures, Lewis acid/base theory, and introductory coordination chemistry.

AR: attendance is required in the laboratory component of this course. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

LH: 3

PR: Science 1807; minimum 65% in CHEM 1001 or a minimum 60% in CHEM 1051

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2301 Thermodynamics and Kinetics builds upon knowledge of physical chemistry from first year. It covers the three laws of thermodynamics for ideal and real systems as well as chemical kinetics. Topics in thermodynamics include the thermodynamics of ideal and real gases, phases, and solutions, the Maxwell relations, equilibria between phases, and in electrolyte solutions. The integrated rate laws for simple and complex mechanisms, and the temperature dependence of reaction rates in terms of kinetic molecular theory are some of the topics discussed in the kinetics section of the course.

AR: attendance is required in the laboratory component of this course. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

CR: the former CHEM 2300

LH: 3

PR: Science 1807; minimum 60% in CHEM 1051, or a minimum 65% in either CHEM 1001 or the former CHEM 1031; Mathematics 1001. Physics 1051 or Physics 1021 is recommended.

 

CHEM 2400 Introductory Organic Chemistry I is a course on bonding involving carbon; conformations and sterochemistry; introduction to functional groups and nomenclature; properties, syntheses and reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols and ethers.

AR: attendance is required in the laboratory component of this course. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

CR: CHEM 2440

LH: 3

PR: a minimum 60% in CHEM 1051, or CHEM 1010 and CHEM 1011 with a grade of at least 80% in each; or CHEM 1011 with a grade of at least 85%; or CHEM 1001 (or the former 1031) with a grade of at least 65%; Science 1807

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CHEM 2401 Introductory Organic Chemistry II is an introduction to the interpretation of mass, infrared, 1H and 13C NMR spectra; properties, syntheses and reactions of simple aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives; aldol and related reactions.  

AR: attendance is required in the laboratory component of this course. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

CR: CHEM 2440

LH: 3

PR: CHEM 2400; Science 1807

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CHEM 2440 Organic Chemistry for Biologists is an introduction to the principles of organic chemistry with an emphasis on material relevant to biological molecules. The laboratory will introduce techniques and illustrate concepts covered in the course. This course is designed primarily for Biology Majors.

AR: attendance is required in the laboratory component of this course. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

CR: CHEM 2400

LH: 3

PR: CHEM 1001 or CHEM 1051 or a minimum 60% in CHEM 1011; Science 1807

UL: may not be used for credit by Chemistry or Biochemistry Majors and will not serve as a prerequisite for any other Chemistry course.

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EASC 1000 Earth Systems is a survey of the structure, function and interrelations of Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics include an exploration of the physical and chemical properties of planetary materials, forces driving and sustaining Earth systems, and biological modifiers (including humankind) on the Earth today.

LH: 3

PR: Science 1807

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EASC 1002 Concepts and Methods in Earth Sciences is an introduction to a broad range of concepts concerning the development of the geological record and the Earth; practical methods for collection of field based data; topics in map interpretation and geometric analysis, stratigraphy, paleontology, structure and petrology. The course is presented with an emphasis on the development of practical skills needed to pursue a career in Earth Sciences.

LH: 3

PR: EASC 1000; Science 1807

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ENVS 1000 Introduction to Environmental Science is an introduction to the study of the environment. Environmental principles, issues and problems will be described and placed in a historical and societal context.

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ENVS 2360 Geological Hazards and Natural Disasters will introduce students to the geological aspects of the natural environment and the impacts that natural geological processes and phenomena may have on humanity. The impact of geological hazards and natural disasters on human society and behaviour will be examined through case studies.  

CR: Earth Sciences 2916

PR: 15 credit hours or more

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ENVS 2370 Global Environmental Change is a survey of the Earth as a dynamic system. Discussion of interacting cycles that define the Earth's environment. Material cycles and energy concepts. Evolution of the atmosphere in response to lithospheric, biospheric and hydrospheric changes. Major global environmental changes from Earth's formation to present. Emphasis on self-regulating ability of the Earth system.

PR: 30 credit hours or more

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ENVS 2430 Energy and the Environment considers energy, energy conversion, heat transfer, the laws of thermodynamics, nuclear processes and radiation. Practical problems such as the energy shortage, human influences on climate, resource extraction, nuclear power etc. will be discussed.

PR: Mathematics 1081 or Mathematics 1000; Physics 1021 or co-requisite Physics 1051

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ENVS 3000 Principles of Environmental Toxicology introduces students to the field of toxicology through the understanding of processes that include absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of toxic substances; and provides an overview of the history and development of ecotoxicology. An emphasis is placed on contemporary examples of toxic substances and their effects on biological systems and the environment.

PR: Biology 1002, Chemistry 2401 or Chemistry 2440, and ENVS 2000

CR: ENVS 4240

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ENVS 3072 Comparative Marine Environments will investigate the physical, chemical, geological and biological characteristics of the major marine environments from the coastal zone to the abyss and from the equator to the poles. The objective of the course will be an integrated study of the parameters that define the various environments. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of organism and environment. The influence of the environment on the form, function and behaviour or organisms and the influence of the organism in modification of the physical environment will be stressed.

PR: ENVS 2371

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ENVS 3110 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants is a study of the biodiversity of flowering vascular plants (Magnoliophyta) through the practical identification of Newfoundland families, genera, and species. Related taxonomic and biogeographical principles will be stressed.

CR: Biology 3041

LH: 3 laboratory periods of integrated practice and theory

OR: Students must submit a collection of flowering plants identified to the

species level. Detailed instructions should be obtained from the

instructor in the spring/summer prior to the commencement of this

course.

PR: Biology 2010 or equivalent; Science 1807

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ENVS 3130 Freshwater Ecology is the study of freshwater ecosystems (lakes, rivers, streams, peatlands). Included are abiotic components, community structures, energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, and the evolution of natural and altered aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on field and laboratory studies of the ecology of freshwater organisms and systems in western Newfoundland.

LH: 3

PR: Biology 2010, Biology 2122, Biology 2600; one of Chemistry 1001 or

Chemistry 1011; Science 1807

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ENVS 3131 Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems is an examination of ecological and evolutionary responses by organisms in terrestrial ecosystems to human-derived and natural perturbations. Advanced conceptual, empirical and experimental approaches will be used, with an emphasis on sampling local habitats.

CR: Biology 3610

LH: 3

PR: Biology 2600; and two of Biology 2010, Biology 2122, Biology 2210 or

the permission of the instructor and Program Chair; Science 1807

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ENVS 3210 Environmental Analytical Chemistry I is treatment of data, error analysis, wet methods of analysis of laboratory and field samples. Volumetric methods for acidity, alkalinity and hardness; chemical and biological oxygen demand (COD and BOD). Gravimetric methods for sulphate and phosphates. Theory and application of specific ion electrodes analysis of metal ions, dissolved gases and halide ions. Turbidimetric and nephelometric measures of water quality. Spectrophotometric analysis of trace metal ions.

LC: not more than seven hours per week

LH: not more than seven hours per week

PR: the former Chemistry 2300 (or 2301) and Chemistry 2210; Science 1807

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ENVS 3211 Environmental Analytical Chemistry II is theory and application of spectroscopic methods of analysis (including error analysis) of environmentally important compounds. Spectrophotometric, FTIR, light scattering, chromatographic   (GC, GC/MS, HPLC),         fluorescence, phosphorescence, atomic absorption and electroanalytical methods will be studied. Synthetic laboratory samples and field samples will be examined by these techniques.

LC: not more than seven hours per week

LH: not more than seven hours per week

PR: ENVS 3210 (or equivalent); Science 1807

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ENVS 3260 Industrial Chemistry is chemical principles used in the manufacture of inorganic and organic chemical products; electrochemical, petrochemical, polymer, pulp and paper, agricultural, cement, cosmetics, detergent and paint industries. Processes, specific pollutants of current interest: inorganic (e.g. mercury, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides gases, lead etc.) and organic (e.g. PCBs, chlorinated hydrocarbons, freons, pesticides/herbicides). Industrial sources and analytical methods of detection will be studied.

 PR: Chemistry 2210, Chemistry 2401, and ENVS 2261 (ENVS 2261 may be taken concurrently) or permission of the instructor and Program Chair

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ENVS 3261 Atmospheric Chemistry (same as Chemistry 3261) provides a comprehensive study of the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere. Beginning with an overview of planetary atmospheres, we follow the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere until today. Atmospheric chemical processes are interpreted from the perspectives of chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, molecular orbital theory, and molecular spectroscopy. The mechanisms of stratospheric reactions are studied in the context of the ozone layer, while those of the troposphere are linked to the so-called 'greenhouse effect' and aspects of pollution. The very different upper-atmosphere chemistry is also studied.

CR: Chemistry 3261

PR: Chemistry 2210, Chemistry 2301 or permission of the instructor and Program Chair

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ENVS 4000 Environmental Science Seminar reviews current topics in environmental science and discusses in a seminar format. Seminars will be presented on current research and environmental issues by faculty, students and guest speakers from universities, government and industry.

PR: Environmental Science students who have completed 80 credit hours or more, to include Biology 2600, Statistics 2550 and one of Chemistry 2440, Chemistry 2401, Chemistry 2210, or the former Chemistry 2300 (or 2301).

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ENVS 4069 Fundamentals of Soil Systems is the physics, chemistry and Biology of soil, including inorganic soil components, chemistry of organic soil matter, soil equilibria, sorption phenomena on soils, ion exchange processes, kinetics of soil processes, redox chemistry of soils, soil acidity, saline and sodic soils, organic pollutants, trace and toxic elements in soils, soil organisms, organic matter cycling, nutrient cycling and fertility, soil conservation and sustainable agriculture.

LC: not more than six hours per week

LH: not more than six hours per week. The laboratory will cover a number of key physical, chemical and biological properties and procedures used in soil analyses. One or more field trips will be scheduled during laboratory sessions

PR: Biology 2600, Earth Sciences 1000, one of Chemistry 2210, the former Chemistry 2300, Chemistry 2301, Chemistry 2401, or Chemistry 2440, and 6 credit hours selected from Environment and Sustainability 2000 or the former Environmental Studies 2000, ENVS 2261, 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 3072, 3470. It is recommended that students complete at least 80 credit hours before registering for this course; Science 1807.

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ENVS 4131 Environmental Restoration and Waste Management focuses on procedures aimed at restoring and rehabilitating ecosystems, with an examination of the interdisciplinary scientific basis underlying these procedures. The efficacy of management options, e.g. biomanipulation, microbial degradation and chemical treatments, involved in restoration and waste management will be evaluated. Applications and practical case studies of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems will be covered.  

PR: Biology 2600, one of Chemistry 2210, the former Chemistry 2300, Chemistry 2301, Chemistry 2401, or Chemistry 2440, and 6 credit hours selected from Environment and Sustainability 2000 or the former Environmental Studies 2000, ENVS 2261, 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 3072, 3470. It is recommended that students complete at least 80 credit hours before registering for this course.

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ENVS 4132 Analytical Ecology states that the assessment of environmental impacts on higher-level ecological systems requires a critical analysis of scientific reports, along with the ability to evaluate ecological terminology and concepts and associated statistical methodologies. Students in this course will critically read and analyse recent scientific literature in Environmental Biology, with selected topics at the community, ecosystem and landscape level, and examine related univariate and multivariate statistical procedures

LH: three-hour laboratory/discussion group

PR: Biology 2600, Science 1807, Statistics 2550 (or equivalent), and 6 credit hours selected from Environment and Sustainability 2000 or the former Environmental Studies 2000, ENVS 2261, 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 2450, 3072, 3470. It is recommended that students complete at least 80 credit hours before registering for this course.

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ENVS 4133 Conservation Biology will bring together the principles of ecology and conservation Biology at an advanced level. Current issues and techniques will be discussed with an aim towards understanding how populations of native flora and fauna can be managed for long-term conservation in the face of habitat degradation and loss.

CR: Biology 4650 and Geography 4650

LH: three-hour laboratory/discussion group

PR: two of ENVS 3110, 3130, and 3131; or permission of instructor; Science 1807  

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ENVS 4140 Environmental Science Field Course is a course providing practical experience in the observation, collection, identification and quantification of organisms and the various environmental parameters which affect them in pristine and disturbed habitats. Combinations of freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats will be studied using techniques from various scientific disciplines. The actual combination of habitats, organisms, and techniques will vary from year to year.

PR: Biology 2600, Statistics 2550, with a minimum of 80 credit hours from Environmental Science Program (or equivalent) and permission of the instructor and Program Chair; Science 1807

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ENVS 4369 Environmental Hydrology provides quantitative and qualitative study of hydrological processes and functions under different environments. It explores natural and anthropogenic impacts on quality, quantity and distribution of water in different environments. Thus. the students will develop a balanced view of the hydrological processes and functions, will be able to understand the basic tenets of water cycle modeling and will be equipped to recognize the role and impact of water management on complex natural phenomena.

PR: Biology 2600, ENVS 2369, one of Chemistry 2210, Chemistry 2301, Chemistry 2401, or Chemistry 2440, and 3 credit hours selected from Environment and Sustainability 2000 or the former Environmental Studies 2000, ENVS 2261, 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 3072 or the permission of the instructor and the Program Chair. It is recommended that students complete at least 75 credit hours before registering for this course.

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ENVS 4479 Groundwater Flow is groundwater in the hydrologic cycle. Principles of fluid flow through permeable media. Hydraulic properties of soil and rock formations. Groundwater at the local and regional scale. The unit basin model. Groundwater as a transport agent of chemicals and microbes. Groundwater resources, reservoir characterisation, and quality assessment. Groundwater contamination.

CR: Earth Sciences 3610, the former 4610

PR: ENVS 3470 or the permission of the instructor and Program Chair

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ENVS 4950 Research Project in Environmental Science is a course, with the guidance of a faculty member, where students will conduct a scientific study based upon original research or a critical review of extant data in an appropriate area. Students are required to submit a report and give a presentation. This project fulfils the Core requirement for a fourth-year individual project in the area of specialization.

PR: permission of Program Chair; Science 1807

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ENVS 4951 Honours Project in Environmental Science I is a course, under the guidance of a designated supervisor (or supervisors), where the student will prepare a thesis proposal including a comprehensive literature review of the subject of their Honours thesis. Students will present the results of their work in both written and oral form.  

PR: restricted to Environmental Science students who have been accepted into the Honours option; Science 1807

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ENVS 4959 Honours Research Project in Environmental Science II is a continuation of ENVS 4951 specifically for Honours students. Under the supervision of faculty member(s), students will carry out an original research project in environmental science. Students will present both a thesis and seminar on their research.

PR: ENVS 4951 and admission to the honours program; Science 1807

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AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).

 

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