General Arts and Science - One-year (Environmental and Natural Resource Studies) Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Apply in early October 2022 for September 2023

Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 05, 2023
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,537.43 per semester*
$8,817.70 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of mathematics and chemistry to analyze and solve problems in preparation for further studies in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Communicate effectively at a level required by a range of college programs in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Use critical thinking processes and creative problem solving techniques to find effective and efficient solutions to simulated scenarios in preparation for further studies in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Use team collaboration skills and personal accountability and responsibility skills, in preparation for further studies and careers in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Develop spatial awareness and to create cartographically correct maps using specific software at an introductory level.
  • Recognize the organizational context and business perspective of the Canadian work place.
  • Identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.
  • Use the computer and Intranet structure as a tool in both the college and workplace environments.
  • Explore vocational skills in the fields of environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Identify and classify biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems in natural and altered landscapes.
  • Work effectively with a variety of sampling tools, and field and lab techniques, to examine ecosystems and the natural environment.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 45

This course examines themes, trends, and challenges that impact the Canadian workplace and therefore individuals in their careers. An overview of business/organizational functions, organizational structure and behaviour will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to explore the factors that have an impact on their job performance, satisfaction, and job fit. Through self -assessments students will understand their working style and how their approach to work impacts themselves and others in the workplace.

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.

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.

APST 179
Units/ Hours: 12

Fall camp consists of 2 days (non-overnight) held on campus that introduces students to a natural resource and environmental studies lifestyle by means of experiencing applied field practices / procedures and group dynamics / leadership skills of the industry professional. The camp includes workshops on managing invasive plant species, plant and tree identification, and sampling aquatic & terrestrial invertebrates with an emphasis on experiential learning and team-building.

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.

MATH 103
Units/ Hours: 45

This foundational mathematics course introduces mathematical principles which will prepare students for success in the Common First Semester in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Topics covered will include calculator skills, the use of significant digits and scientific notation, measurement conversions, perimeter, area and volume calculations, fundamental algebraic skills, reading charts and graphs, introductory statistics, Pythagorean Theorem and basic trigonometry.

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

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.

Units/ Hours: 60

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.

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.

SCIE 142
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce basic concepts and applications in Chemistry to prepare students for further study at the college level. Topics include mathematics and calculations in the discipline, elements and the periodic table, nomenclature, chemical reactions, solutions, acid/base chemistry, and a brief introduction to organic chemistry. Students will apply and extend their understanding of Chemistry through group work, hands-on laboratories, presentations, and individual assignments.

Units/ Hours: 28

Winter camp is a 3 day (2 night) off-campus over night field camp that incorporates the natural resource and environmental skills that have been acquired over the duration of the GSN camp. Held near the end of the 2nd semester, this camp allows students to apply and showcase their skills in species and landform identification and celebrate their achievements. The camp includes a series of practical workshops including compassing/GPS navigation, map usage, data collection, and wildlife observation, along with other practical outdoor skills.

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.