Conservation Biology Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2021

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 07, 2021
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
CNB
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$3,445.11 per semester*
International:
$8,906.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

MATH 63
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

GEOL 83
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the processes and materials that shape our planet. Topics include the unifying theory of plate tectonics and how it underpins fundamental geological processes that operate on and within the Earth, the geological evolution of Canada, and the dynamic relationship between Earth, climate, and humans. Students will learn to identify rocks, minerals, and soils at an introductory level, and develop an understanding of Earth and its atmosphere.

ENVR 20
Units/ Hours: 60

Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.

ECOS 13
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

GEOM 163
Units/ Hours: 45

Data used in the environmental and natural resource fields are nearly always tied to a geographic location. In this course students will learn the specialized skills needed to work with spatial data including mapping fundamentals, field data collection, data management, spatial analysis, and cartography. Students will use online mapping tools and ArcGIS to analyze geographic data and apply recognized cartographic standards to create a map related to their field of study.

GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 2

FIWI 42
Units/ Hours: 45

Aquatic Studies is an introduction to some of the basic components and procedures involved in the study of aquatic ecosystems. Fish identification skills as well as aquatic and wetland plant identification skills will be stressed in this course. Invertebrate identification will be introduced. The students will also learn field water chemistry procedures and electrofishing techniques.

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
SCIE 175
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces students to the field of animal biodiversity conservation. The diversity of animal species ranging from invertebrates to vertebrates will be studied. Historical and current conservation issues as they relate to different taxonomic groups will also be covered.

SCIE 62
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to provide a knowledge and understanding of the principles of chemistry. The following topics: matter and energy, atomic structure, properties and nomenclature of compounds, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and a brief study of organic chemistry will be presented

FSTY 50
Units/ Hours: 60

This course deals with the identification of approximately 100 species of trees and shrubs of importance to those managing the forests resources of Ontario. Throughout the semester identification features for common trees and shrubs in both summer and winter condition are introduced and applied. A number of field trips are utilized to assist students with their identification skills. In the weekly lecture series topics such as tree growth, reproduction, photosynthesis, respiration, forest ecology and uses of trees will be introduced. At the completion of the course students will have a sound working knowledge of dendrology. The skills introduced in this semester may then be used in following semesters when working with Forest Ecosystem Classification, Restoration Ecology, Conservation Planning and other habitat management situations.

FIWI 41
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to a range of skills in wildlife observation. A variety of wildlife species may be present in an environment despite not being seen. Important skills include visual and auditory identification of wildlife signs. The primary emphasis in this course will be on identification of wildlife signs such as tracks, trail patterns, scat, skulls, impacts on the environment, bird song and amphibian calls. Documentation of wildlife observation will be practiced regularly. Field guides, photography, binoculars and spotting scopes will be used to document wildlife sightings and their signs.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

ORGB 22
Units/ Hours: 30

This course examines self-awareness, interpersonal relations, motivation, small group dynamics, leadership, conflict management, and team success tools and strategies. Using team-based project experiences, regular discussion, debrief and personal reflection periods, the course will focus on the development and application of self-awareness to improve both the process and products of independent and team-based work.

ECOS 39
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will develop skills and knowledge in the management techniques of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including wetland and forest management planning. They will apply current theories of ecosystem management to aquatic and terrestrial environments by studying abiotic, biotic, and cultural components.

SCIE 176
Units/ Hours: 60

Students will develop field skills associated with wildlife conservation including: presence/absence survey protocols, population assessment, wildlife habitat assessment, dietary analysis, and spatial ecology. Students will use blood and tissue sampling methods to collect samples for disease screening and DNA analysis. Much of the data collected will be used to contribute to conservation efforts in central Ontario.

FIWI 63
Units/ Hours: 60

This course examines the ecology, biology, and taxonomy of Ontario vertebrate groups. Rare and at risk species, subspecies and populations will be studied in depth. The impact of new species invasions on at risk species populations will also be covered.

APST 168
Units/ Hours: 40

The field camp provides a range of activities where students will use surveying and monitoring techniques as well as wildlife capturing, handling and sampling protocols for the purpose of conservation.

GEOM 34
Units/ Hours: 45

This is an introductory level course in Vector GIS. Students will be exposed to various components of Vector GIS, including co-ordinate systems, map projections, data sources and data structures. Students will also learn how to produce maps in order to effectively communicate geographic information. Data collection techniques will be explored through the use of a GPS receiver.

MATH 25
Units/ Hours: 45

This course covers data organization, the basic statistical parameters, confidence intervals for means, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing (Chi-square, 'F', 't' and Anova), and regression analysis.

Semester 4

APST 169
Units/ Hours: 60

Students will conduct research on animal biodiversity conservation. Research projects will involve multi-disciplinary, collaborative studies of real world conservation issues with an outside client, agency, or group.

SCIE 178
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course, students will apply lab techniques ranging from tissue sampling and preparation for disease screening to DNA analysis of populations. The primary focus will be on protocols associated with the handling and preparation of samples. The work students complete in this course will be used to contribute to conservation efforts in Ontario.

ECOS 40
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will use animal biodiversity conservation research to develop sustainable recovery plans for species at risk.

SCIE 177
Units/ Hours: 60

This course examines the ecology, biology, and taxonomy of selected Ontario invertebrate groups. Rare and at risk species, subspecies and populations will be studied in depth. In addition, the impact of new species invasions on at risk species populations will also be covered.

GEOM 16
Units/ Hours: 45

The course examines elementary principles of data acquisition, data management, and spatial analysis, using the raster data model. Laboratory exercises will allow students to become familiar with the operation of GIS software commonly used in the field. The students will be exposed to various hands-on projects/applications involving the use of GIS software.

LAWS 56
Units/ Hours: 30

This course provides an introduction to laws that have an impact on the use of natural resources in Ontario. The course will deal with an overview of the legal system, the underlying principles of gaining compliance, and specific legislation that may be encountered in the natural resources field.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.