Office of the Registrar
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2010/2011)
10.12 Environmental Studies

New Course Numbering

For existing Memorial University of Newfoundland courses the numbers remain the same. For new courses in Environmental Studies the following scheme is used.

1st digit = year

2nd digit = Program Concentration

  • 0 = common to both concentrations
  • 1 = Environmental Perspectives Concentration
  • 2 = Outdoor Environmental Pursuits Concentration
  • 9 = Project


An Introduction to Environmental Studies

is an introduction to a variety of major issues in environmental studies through an examination of a range of case studies including both local problems, such as the impact of outdoor recreation activities on the environment, and global threats, such as stratospheric ozone depletion.


Introduction to Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geographical Information Systems

is an introduction to maps, global positioning systems, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Applications to a broad range of environmental issues will be discussed.

LC: 3

LH: 3

PR: Geography 1000 or Earth Sciences 1002


Outdoor Environmental Pursuits I

is the theoretical rationale and practical skills needed to demonstrate basic proficiency in several of the following activities: minimal impact camping, wilderness cooking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, navigating with map and compass, outdoor safety, search and rescue, and group management. The major focus of this course will be the practical application of learned skills.

AR: attendance is required

CO: basic first aid and CPR course

OR: 3 hours of practicum per week


Outdoor Environmental Pursuits II

is the theoretical rationale and practical skills needed to demonstrate basic proficiency in several of the following activities: cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, and winter survival techniques. The major focus of this course will be the practical application of learned skills.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 3 hours of practicum per week


Issues in Environmental Economics

is an analysis of current issues concerning the effects of the economic activities of production and consumption on the natural environment. The concepts of scarcity, abundance, demand, supply, opportunity cost, trade-offs, externalities, marginal benefits and marginal costs will be utilized in examining environmental problems. The social and economic implications of various approaches will also be analysed.

OR: Economics 2010


Environmental and Resource Management: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

is applied GIS knowledge and skills in environmental and resource management. The topics cover GIS data sources, data conversions, database design, spatial analysis and decision support systems. Examples of GIS applications in the private and public sectors will be provided.

LH: 3

PR: Environmental Studies 2000


Issues in Ecological Economics

aims to explore the dynamic interaction between the economic system and the ecological system that sustains it by using trans-disciplinary theoretical approaches and methodologies. The main focus of this course will be on Ecological Economics concepts such as low and high entropy, biotic and abiotic goods and services, stock-flow resources, carrying capacity, throughput, co-evolution, sustainable scale, use value, and their applications in a problem-solving context.

CO: Economics 2010 and Economics 2020

CR: Economics 3085, the former Environmental Studies 3010, and Environmental Studies 4020

PR: Economics 2010 and Economics 2020



will consist of one or more extensive expeditions into wilderness areas. A variety of applied topics related to environmental issues, outdoor leadership, and outdoor survival will be covered using an experiential approach. Expedition: Two weeks (Summer term).

AR: attendance is required

PR: Environmental Studies 2210 and Environmental Studies 2220


Environmental Impact Assessment

will include an analysis of the different methods of assessing the impacts that investment projects or decision-making processes have on the environment. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) vary with individual projects and are a vital tool to use in integrated planning of development proposals, policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to assessing the socio-economic impact of development projects.


Seminar in Environmental Studies

is a senior seminar in which selected environmental issues will be examined from several disciplinary perspectives.

OR: seminars three hours per week

PR: permission of the Environmental Studies Program Chair


Special Topics in Environmental Studies

has a range of special topics in Environmental Studies. This course is normally taken by students beyond the second year.


Independent Research Project

is a course, under the supervision of a faculty member, where each student will carry out an approved project in environmental studies and prepare a major paper based on independent research.

PR: permission of the Environmental Studies Program Chair

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).