Introduction to Environmental Studies (Online)

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    15 hours

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Part-Time: Coming again in 2023

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Environmental Studies – Introductory Course Overview

The Introduction to Environmental Studies course covers the fundamental concepts for students or professionals who are looking to understand the links between the environment, society and possible engineering solutions to protect our planet’s environment. The course aims to provide the foundational knowledge that would assist the students in choosing their future career paths in environmental studies at certification and undergraduate levels.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Environmental Studies course, successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand the environmental aspects of engineering, sociology, and its impact on society
  • Understand basic definitions and concepts related to environmental engineering
  • Recognize the role played by environmental science in general and its engineering applications to shape society’s response to the environment
  • Broadly understand the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment
  • Understand the environmental laws governing engineering practice in Canada
  • Demonstrate global awareness of the critical role played by environmental engineering in shaping the future of the globe

Week 1: Environmental Science and Engineering

  • Basic Definitions and concepts
  • Social impact of environmental science
  • Public health and safety concepts
  • Ethics, Ecology and Social Responsibility

Week 2: Assessing Environmental Impact

  • What is Environmental Impact Analysis?
  • Various Types of Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Risk Analysis in Environmental Studies
  • Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Analysis
  • Ecosystem Risk Assessment

Week 3: Environmental Engineering

  • Understanding Aquatic Ecology
  • Water Pollution & Bio Degradation
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Decomposition
  • Heavy metals and Toxic material classifications
  • Impact of pollution on various water bodies (streams, rivers, oceans)

Week 4: Solid Waste Management

  • Classification of municipal solid waste
  • Techniques of solid waste management
  • Landfills, Unprocessed Refuse, and land degradation
  • Hazardous and Radioactive Waste
  • Air pollution and weather studies

Week 5: Environmental Law and Society

  • Canadian Federal law on Environment
  • Environmental Sociology & Economics
  • Career paths in environmental studies
  • Group Project Presentations

Admission Requirements


Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

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