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Environmental Earth Sciences

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off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Examine the climates we live with and how they are changing. Understand and appreciate the landscapes in which we live and work. Discover how we obtain and maintain our water resources. Investigate the movement and fate of toxic substances in the environment and how waste treatment and disposal affect natural, urbanized and agricultural ecosystems.

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What is Environmental Earth Sciences?

The interdisciplinary program in Environmental Earth Sciences is offered jointly though the departments of Geography, Geological Sciences, and Soil Science. It explores the relationships—both modern and ancient—among the solid Earth, the atmosphere, the oceans, and the biosphere. Its primary emphasis is on the physical sciences, rather than the biological sciences. The program trains students in how human activities influence near-surface environments. Students in this program study the landscapes and climates in which we live and work, the soils we cultivate and the effects of natural and human-induced change upon them, and the rocks we mine and how they are used.

Students will also explore issues related to the transport and fate of toxic materials, waste treatment and disposal, and other aspects of environmental management. An important part of the Environmental Earth Sciences program is training in field and laboratory research techniques —investigating and interpreting near-surface environments and the effects of human activities upon them.

Graduates of this program meet the requirements for professional registration as environmental geoscientists-in-training in the Province of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

Environmental Earth Sciences: Is it for you?

  • The Environmental Earth Sciences program offers a well-rounded curriculum that combines solid classroom and laboratory instruction with a number of field trips that provide hands-on experience.
  • Small class sizes create a quality-learning environment — maximizing interaction between students and professors, and allowing students to become easily acquainted with others who share common interests.
  • Professors are very enthusiastic and very interested in the welfare and concerns of students.
  • Graduates of this program meet the requirements for professional registration as environmental geoscientists-in-training in the Province of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

Sample Classes

  • EVSC 220: Environmental Soil Science
    Focuses on soils as an integrator of a broad range of environmental processes and as a critical component inhuman-induced environmental change. Major topics include the influence of the environment on soil formation and the physical, chemical, and microbial/biochemical soil processes of relevance to environmental science.
  • GEOG 335: Glacial Geomorphology
    Examines the role of continental and alpine glaciation in shaping Canadian landscapes throughout the Quaternary period. Topics include glaciology and glacier flow, glacial processes and landforms, Milankovitch cycles and Quaternary ice sheet dynamics in North America, and glacio-eustasy and glacio-isostasy.
  • EVSC 420: Environmental Fate and Transport of Toxic Substances
    In this lecture/practicum based course, students will learn how to construct a multi-media environmental model using freely available software. Students will be exposed to the fundamental theory of environmental fate modeling with a focus on how contaminant movement and transformation in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere are incorporated into long term environmental fate models. The course is located in a computer lab and the emphasis is on practical construction, implementation and interpretation of fugacity based environmental fate models. Each lecture period consists of a brief theoretical overview followed by application and implementation of the equations into the student's fate model.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultureal Extension Agent
  • Cartographer
  • Community Developer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Protection Officer
  • Environmental Quality Specialist
  • Forestry Technician
  • GIS Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Surveyor
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Meteorologist

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communications skills: written and oral
  • Computer skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Conducting field research
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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