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Renewable Resource Management

Renewable Resource Management Domain
(63 credits including Core)

Mentor

joann [dot] whalen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Joann Whalen) , 514-398-7943
Natural Resource Sciences Dept.
Macdonald Campus

This Domain is open only to students in the BSc and BSc (Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment Programs.

How can we manage our renewable resources sustainably?

Renewable resource management is an emerging field that focuses on the ecosystem structures and processes required to sustain the delivery, to humanity, of ecosystem goods and services such as food, clean water and air, essential nutrients, and the provision of beauty and inspiration. Renewable resource management recognizes humans as integral components of ecosystems and is used to develop goals that are consistent with sustainability and ecosystem maintenance.

The Renewable Resource Management Domain provides students with an understanding of: 1) the interactions between physical and biological factors that determine the nature and dynamics of populations and entities in the natural environment; 2) the ways in which ecosystems can be managed to meet specific goals for the provision of goods and services; 3) the economic and social factors that determine how ecosystems are managed; 4) the ways in which management of natural resources can affect the capability of natural ecosystems to continue to supply human needs in perpetuity; and 5) the approaches and technologies required to monitor and analyze the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems.

See also Student Resources for information for New Students, including:

  • Suggested First Year Courses
  • Taking courses on both campuses
  • ENVR course sections - beware!

Pre-requisite or Co-Requisite Courses for this Domain (7 cr)

LSCI 211 - Biochemistry 1 (M)
or BIOL 112 - Cell and Molecular Biology
or CEGEP equivalent (objective OOXU)

AND

FDSC 230 - Organic Chemistry (M)
or CHEM 212 - Intro Organic Chemistry 1
or CEGEP equivalent (objective OOXV)

Program Requirements (effective Fall 2009)

NOTE: Students are required to take a maximum of 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes Core and Required courses.

Core: Required Courses (18 credits)

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 301 - Environmental Research Design
ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought

Core: Complementary Course — Senior Research Project
(3 credits*)

AGRI 519 - Sustainable Development Plans (in Barbados)
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research
ENVR 451 - Research in Panama (in Panama)
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.

Domain Complementary Courses (42 credits)

9 credits in basic principles of ecosystem processes and diversity
AEBI 210 - Organisms 1 (M)
or AEBI 211 - Organisms 2 (M)
or BIOL 305 - Animal Diversity

ENVB 305 - Population & Community Ecology (M)
or BIOL 308 - Ecological Dynamics

GEOG 305 - Soils and Environment
or ENVB 210 - The Biophysical Environment (M)
6 credits statistics and GIS methods courses
AEMA 310 - Statistical Methods 1 (M)
or BIOL 373 - Biometry

ENVB 430 - GIS for Natural Resource Mgmt (M)
or GEOG 201 - Intro Geo-Information Science
6 credits advanced courses on ecosystem components
BIOL 553 - Neotropical Environments (in Panama)
GEOG 372 - Running Water Environments
PLNT 358 - Flowering Plant Diversity (M)
SOIL 326 - Soils in a Changing Environ (M)
WILD 307 - Natural History of Vertebrates (M)
6 credits advanced courses on ecological processes
BIOL 432 - Limnology
or ENVB 315 - Science of Inland Waters (M)

BIOL 465 - Conservation Biology

BREE 217 - Hydrology and Water Resources (M)
or GEOG 322 - Environmental Hydrology

ENVB 410 - Ecosystem Ecology (M)
MICR 331 - Microbial Ecology (M)
NRSC 333 - Pollution and Bioremediation (M)
PLNT 460 - Plant Ecology (M)
WILD 410 (M)
6 credits in social processes
AGEC 333 - Resource Economics (M)
or ECON 405 - Natural Resource Economics

ANTH 339 - Ecological Anthropology
CANS 407 - Regions of Canada
GEOG 382 - Principles Earth Citizenship
GEOG 498 - Humans in Tropical Envirnmnts (in Panama)
RELG 270 - Religious Ethics & the Environ
SOCI 565 - Social Change in Panama (in Panama)
URBP 520 - Globaliz: Planning & Change (in Barbados)
WILD 415 - Conservation Law (M)
* if this course is taken, one additional credit of complementary courses must be taken
9 credits ecosystem components or management of ecosystems
AGRI 435 - Soil & Water Quality Mgmt (M)
AGRI 452 - Water Resources in Barbados (in Barbados)
AGRI 550 - Sustained Tropical Agriculture (in Panama)
GEOG 302 - Environmental Management 1
GEOG 404 - Environmental Management 2 (in Panama or Africa)
ENVB 437 - Assessing Environmental Impact (M)
PLNT 300 - Cropping Systems (M)
SOIL 335 (M)
WILD 401 - Fisheries&Wildlife Management (M)
WOOD 441 - Integrated Forest Management (M)