Life on Land

Sustainable Development Goal 15 is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. 

The courses listed below contain content relative to the pursuit of this goal.  Click through to read more about each course, and to be linked to the course page in the UTSC Calendar.

For more information on the Goal itself, visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg15

 

Political Ecology

ANTB01H3

Throughout the semester, we explore how peoples from different parts of the globe situate themselves within culturally constructed landscapes.

Primate Conservation

ANTD19H3

Relying on theory from Conservation Biology, this course will consider the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that lead to some primate species being threatened, while others are able to deal with anthropogenic influences.

Environmental Microbiology

IMCC04H3

During this course, students will study the basic principles of environmental microbiology through lectures and laboratory experiments including soil sampling and nutrient cycling. 

Ecology

BIOB50H3

The course covers community and population ecology, and provides an emphasis on how ecology relates to other areas of biology, and to contemporary human and environmental issues.

Plants: Life on the Edge

BIOC37H3

This course covers the great diversity of plant structures and function in relation to ecology, focusing mainly on the anatomy of flowering plants.

Biodiversity and Conservation

BIOD52H3

A seminar exploration of current topics in biodiversity and conservation, including genetic, organismal, and community levels. 

Introduction to Green Chemistry

CHMD89H3

The 'twelve principles' of green chemistry will be discussed in the context of developing new processes and reactions (or modifying old ones) to benefit society while minimizing their environmental impact.

Environmental Pollution

EESA11H3

This course illustrates the environmental effects of urban expansion, changing methods of agriculture, industrialization, recreation, resource extraction, energy needs and the devastation of war. 

Principles of Soil Science

EESB05H3

A study of the processes of pedogenesis and the development of diverse soil profiles, their field relationships and their response to changing environmental conditions.

Feeding Humans - The Cost to the Planet

EESB16H3

This course examines the origins and systems of production of the major plants and animals on which we depend for food with interactions between those species and systems and the local ecology will be examined, looking at issues of over harvesting, genetic erosion, soil erosion, pesticide use, and impacts of genetically modified strains.

 

Natural Hazards

EESB18H3

This course is an investigation of the geological background and possible solutions to major hazards in the environment.

Biodiversity and Biogeography

EESC04H3

Emphasis will be on the highly diverse invertebrate animals. Topics include biomes, dispersal, adaptation, speciation, extinction and the influence of climate history and humans.

Geochemistry

EESC20H3

Terrestrial and aquatic geochemical processes such as: mineral formation and dissolution, redox, aqueous-solid phase interactions, stable isotopes, and organic geochemistry in the environment will be covered.

Environmental Microbiology

IMCC04H3

During this course, students will study the basic principles of environmental microbiology through lectures and laboratory experiments including soil sampling and nutrient cycling. 

Glacial Geology

EESC31H3

The course will review the geologic and geomorphologic record of past glacial and interglacial climates, the formation and flow of ice sheets , and modern day cold-climate processes in Canada's north.  

Environmental Science Field Course

EESC33H3

Aquatic environmental issues require careful field work to collect related hydrological, meteorological, biological and other environmental data. 

Fundamentals of Site Remediation

EESD15H3

This course consists of a study of the ways in which hazardous organic and inorganic materials can be removed or attenuated in natural systems.

Introduction to Environmental Studies

ESTB01H3

This course introduces the Environmental Studies major and the interdisciplinary study of the environment through a team-teaching format.

Risk

ESTD19H3

Three modules take students from relatively simple determinations of risk (e.g., infrastructure flooding) towards more complex, real-world, inclusive considerations (e.g., ecosystem impacts of climate change).

Land Reform and Development

GGRC25H3

This course embraces issues concerning how land is transferred (through forceful dispossession, law, or markets), and how it is currently held.

Research Seminar in Environmental Geography

GGRD08H3

Designed for final-year Human Geography Majors, this seminar is devoted to analysis and discussion of advanced theoretical and methodological issues in Environmental Geography. 

Development and Environment

IDSB02H3

The influences of development on the global environment; species extinction, loss of productive land, reduced access to resources, declining water quality and quantity, and climate change.

Environmental Internship

SOED01H3

This course offers students the opportunity to gain practical research experience as an intern with an environmental organization.

Environment and Society

SOCC37H3

The course will include empirical research, and theoretical issues, in the relationship of various social systems to their natural environments.