Zachary Seguin

ENVS Courses

ENVS 105 – Environmental Sustainability and Ethics

This course examines and evaluates the reasons why the compatibility of commercial activity, ethics and environmental stewardship has been challenged or defended by stakeholders in government, business and civil society organizations. Concepts and activities by which stakeholders describe and debate this compatibility will be discussed. Different cultural perspectives on the compatibility debate will be considered, compared and evaluated. Case studies will test whether and to what extent compatibility may be defended adequately. Private and non-profit enterprises will be considered.

ENVS 131 – Communications for Environmental Professions

This course provides an introduction to strategies and tools that enhance the effectiveness and impact of communications for environmental professionals. The course focuses on topics such as effective presentation methods in small or large group settings, digital presentation techniques, media relations, and corporate communications strategies.

ENVS 178 – Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics

This course introduces techniques for collecting, evaluating, and using data-based evidence in environmental research, including descriptive statistics (measures of centre, variation and shape, and measures of association between two variables), statistical research designs, sampling theory, and fundamental probability theory for inferential statistics. The course also develops skills in using statistical software for data display and analysis.

ENVS 195 – Introduction to Environmental Studies

This course introduces the field of environmental studies through an exploration of environmental issues that contribute to crises and challenges at the global, national and local levels. The course provides an overview of human ecological aspects of environmental studies from an inter-cultural and global perspective, and offers an integrative framework for understanding them.

ENVS 200 – Field Ecology

Introduces the main concepts and principles of ecology; the cycling of elements; energetics and structural organization of major ecological systems; population dynamics; impact of natural resource management practices and urban and industrial development on the environment; incorporating environmental quality considerations into development activities. The lab sessions include field trips to study natural and disturbed ecosystems, urban and applied ecology.

ENVS 201 – Introduction to Canadian Environmental Law

Introduction to the basic legal framework that regulates the natural environment in Canada. The course provides students with an understanding of the foundational legal institutions in Canada and their respective roles in environmental regulation. The course includes both public and private law approaches to environmental regulation, and covers the principal regulatory tools used to protect the environment.

ENVS 220 – Ecological Economics

Evaluation of various economic approaches to the environment. The links between economics, systems and the natural environment will be explored and future directions examined.

ENVS 274 – Special Topics in Environment

This special topics course covers material relevant to all students in the Faculty of Environment. Course content is not specific to an individual program and is specified by the instructor at the level indicated by the course number.

ENVS 278 – Applied Statistics for Environmental Research

This course examines further techniques for collecting, evaluating, and using data-based evidence in environmental research. It builds upon ENVS 178, with a focus on inferential statistics, including sampling distributions, confidence intervals, parametric and nonparametric hypothesis tests, and linear regression models. It further develops skills in using statistical software for data analysis and modeling of environmental data.

ENVS 295W – Ecotourism and the Environment (WLU)`

ENVS 300 – Vascular Plants of Southern Ontario

This is an applied course where students will learn to identify vascular plants using botanical keys. Through lab work and field trips, students will understand vascular plant structure and associated terminology as the basis for plant identification. Students will also learn how to collect specimens to create a herbarium collection and how to conduct vegetation community assessments.

ENVS 334 – Introduction to Park Management

Introduction to the categories, administrative arrangements and functions of parks, including planning and management of parks at all government levels, with emphasis on law, policy system planning, management planning, site planning and management. The course will emphasize international aspects of park management.

ENVS 350 – Complexity in Nature and Society

A survey of core concepts, theory, and research in complexity science as they apply to natural and social systems. Emphasis on the practical utility of these ideas for environmental, economic, and global-security policy.

ENVS 374 – Special Topics in Environment

This special topics course covers material relevant to all students in the Faculty of Environment. Course content is not specific to an individual program and is specified by the instructor at the level indicated by the course number.

ENVS 395 – Study Abroad

Study abroad for academic transfer credit under a Faculty of Environment Exchange Program.

ENVS 400 – First Peoples and Business Development

This course examines the cultural, legal, constitutional, geographical and economic context of business development among, with and within First Nations', Métis and Inuit communities.

ENVS 401 – Aboriginal Law and Natural Resource Development

Detailed consideration of recent developments in Canadian environmental and resources regulatory regimes.

ENVS 433 – Ecotourism and Communities

A field course typically based out of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville, Ontario. The course focuses on the philosophical, socio-cultural, health, and ecological dimensions of ecotourism, and the skills and practices necessary for planning and managing ecotourism for community development and well-being. The course will involve one or more overnight excursions to ecotourism destinations in the Muskoka or Haliburton region.

ENVS 444 – Ecosystem and Resource Management in Parks/Natural Areas

From the local to the national level, this course examines the role of protecting and managing terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. This course also examines the tension between the development of natural resources and conservation by exploring a variety of major themes including biodiversity, ecological integrity and restoration. Normally analytical and field-based activities will be included as well as guest lectures from professionals working in the fields of conservation and protected areas.

ENVS 469 – Landscape Ecology, Restoration and Rehabilitation

Survey of the major concepts and theories of landscape ecology. Application of these concepts to case studies in restoration and/or rehabilitation. Interaction with professionals from government, NGOs or private industry on ecological issues will also be part of the course. The course includes a practical component on the planning of ecological restoration or rehabilitation projects.

ENVS 474 – Special Topics in Environmental Studies

This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.