Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment

Offered by:  Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology

Coordinator: Dr. Pat Lane patricia.lane@dal.ca

The Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment is for students who are interested in, or majoring in environmental areas, and who wish to pursue additional training in EIA. This certificate is available to students in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Management, and the College of Sustainability.

Students will learn to:

  1. Apply a Project EIA Framework in the preparation of a Nova Scotia - based EIA.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant federal and provincial (Nova Scotia) legislation.
  3. Design a meaningful stakeholder participation program.
  4. Use environmental impact and risk methodologies to accurately predict project impacts.
  5. Design an Environmental Management Plan that includes: mitigation, enhancement, compensation, and monitoring.
  6. Construct a follow-up plan for residual impacts and project accountability.
  7. Prepare a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) y for a federal policy.

Disclaimer: This EIA Certificate was developed within Dalhousie University and it is not designed to fulfill any governmental and/or professional requirements outside of the university, in Canada or abroad.

The Certificate requires a total of 24 credit hours as follows:

  •  Required EIA course: BIOL 4001.03/ENVS 4001.03 (3 credit hours) to be taken in fourth year. Note: transfer or online courses are not acceptable substitutes for this requirement.
  •  Introductory science, SUST, or IDS course (min 3 credit hours) from Table 1.
  •  Environmental courses with theoretical content from Table 2 (minimum 9 credit hours).
  •  Methods courses with field, laboratory, statistical, or modelling experience from Table 3 (minimum 3 credit hours)
  •  Supplementary courses in Major or Related Disciplines from Table 4 (minimum 6 credit hours).

Students must obtain a minimum grade of B for all courses counted toward the certificate. Classes cannot be substituted from one table to another.  Discontinued courses are no longer available for registration, but can satisfy certificate requirements if they are on your transcript.

Table 1. Introductory Courses (minimum of 3 credit hours from the following list)

  • BIOL 2060.03: Introductory Ecology
  • ENVS 1100.03: Foundations of Environmental Science
  • ENVS 1200.03: Current Environmental Challenges
  • ERTH 2410.03/ENVS 2410.03: Environmental Issues in Earth Science
  • GEOG 2100X/Y.06/SOSA 2100X/Y.06: Environment and Culture
  • INTD 2001.03/GEOG 2201.03: Introduction to Development 1
  • INTD 2002.03/GEOG 2202.03: Introduction to Development 2
  • OCEA 2001.03 AND OCEA 2002.03 (or the former OCEA 2000X/Y.06): The Blue Planet
  • SUST 2000.06: Local Governance, Citizen Engagement, and Sustainability
  • SUST 2001.06: Environment, Sustainability and Governance: A Global Perspective

Table 2. Theory-Based courses (minimum of 9 credit hours from the following list)

Table 3. Field and Methods-based Courses (minimum of 3 credit hours from the following list)

Table 4. Higher-level Supplementary Courses (minimum of 6 credit hours from the following list)

  • BIOL 4060.03/MARI 4060.03: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Mammals (discontinued)
  • BIOL 4065.03: Sustainability and Complexity
  • BIOL 4160.03: Political Ecology
  • BIOL 4500.03: The Evolution of Life Histories
  • ENVS 3400.03/GEOG 3400.03: Environment and Human Health
  • ENVS 4002.03/BIOL 4002.03: The Science of Wetland Ecosystems
  • ENVS 4003.03/MARI 4003.03: Coral Reefs and Environmental Change
  • ENVS 4004.03:  Pathways to Sustainable Energy
  • ENVS 4100.03: Environmental Science Capstone
  • ENVS 4210.03: Administration Environmental Law (discontinued)
  • ENVS 4220.03: International Environmental Law for Scientists (discontinued)
  • ERTH 4410.03: Environmental Geoscience
  • ERTH 4440.03: Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution (discontinued)
  • ERTH 4450.03/GEOG 4450.03: Introduction to Landscape Simulation (discontinued)
  • INTD 4013.03: Environmental Conflict and Security
  • MARI 4090.03: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Mammals
  • MARI 4350.03: Cutting Edge in Marine Science
  • MARI 4665.03: Hacking the Blue Planet
  • MGMT 4031.03: Economics for Resource and Environmental Management
  • MGMT 4047.03: Biodiversity and Conservation Systems and Management
  • MGMT 4205.03: Law and Policy for Resource & Environmental Management
  • MGMT 4504.03: Management of Resources and the Environment
  • MGMT 4505.03: Biophysical Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management
  • OCEA 4000 4000.03: Oceans and Global Change
  • OCEA 4110.03/ERTH 4110.03: Geological Oceanography
  • OCEA 4120.03: Physical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4130.03: Chemical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4140.03/BIOL 4661.03/MARI 4661.03: Biological Oceanography
  • OCEA 4160.03/BIOL 4369.03/MARI 4369.03: Fisheries Oceanography
  • OCEA 4222.03: Estuary, Coast and Shelf Dynamics
  • OCEA 4230.03/BIOL 4662.03/MARI 4662.03: Biology of Phytoplankton
  • OCEA 4250.03: Acoustical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4330.03/BIOL 4666.03/MARI 4666.03: Benthic Ecology
  • OCEA 4335.03/BIOL 4335.03/MARI 4335.03: Environmental Impacts in Marine Ecosystems
  • OCEA 4401.03: Marine Management I
  • OCEA 4402.03: Marine Management II
  • OCEA 4502.03: Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  • OCEA 4595.03: Atmospheric Chemistry
  • SUST 4000.06: ESS Capstone
  • SUST 4125.03/PLAN 4125.03: Conflict Negotiation & Sustainability