Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment

Offered by: Faculty of Science

EIA Certificate Coordinator: Patricia Lane (Biology), 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 Agriculture, 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, monitoring, residual impacts   and project accountability.
  6. Critique an existing environmental assessment report.
  7. Prepare a comprehensive project EIA for a physical project
  8. Prepare a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Introductory Science, SUST, Agriculture, or FASS course (minimum 3 credit hours) from Table 1.
  3. Environmental courses with theoretical content from Table 2 (minimum 9 credit hours).
  4. Methods courses with field, laboratory, statistical, or modelling experience from Table 3 (minimum 3 credit hours).
  5. 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.  Please note that many classes are cross-listed, but only listed once for the department offering the class below. Students can use any one of the cross-listings.

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

BIOL 2060.03: Introductory Ecology OR BIOA 3001.03: Ecology

ENVA2000.03/APSC2012.03: Environmental Studies I

ENVA2001.03: Environmental Studies II

ENVS 1100.03: Foundations of Environmental Science

ENVS 1200.03: Current Environmental Challenges: Analysis and Solutions

ERTH 2410.03/ENVS 2410.03: Environmental Issues in Earth Science

GEOG 2100.06/SOSA 2100.06: 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: The Blue Planet

SUST 2000.06: Local Governance, Citizen Engagement, and Sustainability

SUST 2001.06: Global Environmental Governance



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

AQUA2000.03: Introduction to Aquaculture

APSC 2000.03 Environmental Impacts and Resource Management

APSC2004.03/AQUA2004.03: Aquacultural Environment

APSC 3020.03 Energy Production and Utilization

BIOA3000.03: General Entomology

BIOA3002.03: Weed Science

BIOA3005.03: Aquatic Ecology

BIOL 3060.03: Environmental Ecology

BIOL 3061.03: Communities and Ecosystems

BIOL 3062.03: Behavioral Ecology

BIOL 3063.03/MARI 3063.03: Resource Ecology

BIOL 3065.03: Conservation Biology OR BIOA 4002.03 Conservation Biology

BIOL 3601.03: Nature Conservation

CHMA 3009.03: Environmental Chemistry

ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics OR ECOA 3008.03: Environmental Economics

ECON 2216.03: Economics of Global Warming OR ECON 2850.06/PHYC 2850.06 The Science and Economics of Climate Change

ECON 3332.03: Resource Economics

ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics

ENVA 3000.03: Environmental Impact Assessment

ENVA 3002.03: Waste Management and Site Remediation

ENVA 3021.03: Ecohydrology

ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law

ENVS 3501.03: Environmental Problem Solving I

ENVS 3601.03/ERTH 3601.03: Global Biogeochemical Cycles

GEOG 3001.03/PLAN 3001.03: Landscape Ecology

GEOG 3005.03/PLAN 3005.03: Cities and the Environment

GEOG 3440.03/ERTH 3440.03: Geomorphology

MARI 3080.03/BIOL 3080.03: Ecology and Evolution of Fishes

MARI 3090.03: Marine Mammalogy

MARI 3602.03: Introduction to Aquaculture

MARI 3761.03/BIOL 3761.03: Marine Ecology

OCEA 3001.03: Introduction to Physical Oceanography

OCEA 3002.03: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography

OCEA 3420.03/ERTH 3420.03: Geochemistry of the Aquatic Environment

SOIL 2000.03:  Introduction to Soil Science

SOSA 2101.03 Environment and Culture

SOSA 3052.03: Indigenous Social, Health and Environmental Issues

SOSA 3060.03: Social Change and Development

SOSA 3200.03: Environment and Society

SUST 3039.03: Indigenous Perspectives on Resource and Environmental Management

SUST 3102.03/GEOG 3102.03 Coastal Change and Adaptation

SUST 3106.03/GEOG 3106.03: The Canadian North, Environmental Change and Challenges

SUST 3702.03/ ENVS3702.03/MGMT3702.03 Sustainable Industries


Table 3. Field & Methods-Based Courses Checklist (minimum of 3 credit hours from following list)

ANSC 3007.03 African Wildlife Ecology

BIOL 2601.03: The Flora of Nova Scotia

BIOL 2605.03: Introduction to Marine Life of Nova Scotia

BIOL 3003.03/MARI 3003.03/OCEA 3003.03: Introduction to Field Oceanography

BIOL 3221.03/MARI 3221.03: Diversity of Algae

BIOL 3301.03/MARI 3301.03: Invertebrate Biology

BIOL 3327.03: Entomology

BIOL 3622.03: Ornithology

BIOL 3623.03/ENVS 3623.03/MARI 3623.03: Applied Coastal Ecology

BIOL 3626.03/MARI 3626.03: Field Studies of Marine Mammals

BIOL 3627.03/MARI 3627.03: Biology and Conservation of Sharks, Skates, and Rays

BIOL 3628.03/MARI 3628.03: Marine Ornithology

BIOL 3630.03: Field Methods in Animal Behavior

BIOL 3633.03/ENVS 3633.03/GEOG 3633.03/MARI 3633.03: Spatial Information and GIS in Ecology

BIOL 3634.03: Agroforestry

BIOL 3635.03 Species at Risk

BIOL 3639.03 Herpetology

BIOL 3640.03: Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Field Class

BIOL 3664.03/ENVS 3664.03/MARI 3664.03: Intertidal Ecology and Diversity

BIOL 3680.03/MARI 3680.03: Scientific Diving Methods for Marine Ecology

BIOL 3762.03: Terrestrial Ecology

BIOL 3872 The Biologist’s Tool Kit

BIOL 4061.03: Design of Biological Experiments

BIOL 4062.03: Analysis of Biological Data

BIOL 4069.03: Applied Bayesian Statistics

BIOL 4080.03/MARI4080.03: Laboratory Studies of Fishes

BIOL 4323.03/MARI 4323.03: Biologging in Ecology

ENVA3001.03: Environmental Sampling and Analysis

ENVA2002.03: Composting and Compost Use

ENVA3003.03: Environmental Studies Field Course

ENVS 2000.03: Urban Field School

ENVS 2100.03: Environmental Informatics

ENVS 2500.03 Field Methods in Environmental Science

ENVS 3001.03: Environmental Science Field School

ENVS 3225.03/BIOL 3225.03/PLAN 3225.03: Plants in the Human Landscape

ENVS 3100.03 Environmental Analytics

ERTH 3500.03/ENVS 3500.03/GEOG 3500.03: Geoscience Information Management OR ENVA3005.03: Geographic Information Systems

ERTH 4520.03/GEOG 4520.03: GIS Applications to Environmental and Geological Sciences

ERTH 4530.03/GEOG 4530.03: Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOG 2001.03/PLAN 2001.03: Landscape Analysis

GEOG 2006.03/PLAN 2006.03: Space, Place and Geographic Information Systems

HORT 3000.03: Environmental Processes and Natural Landscape Functions

INTD 3002.03: Development Practice

MARI 3603.03: Practical Aquaculture

MARI 3604.03 Field Aquaculture

MARI 3682.03: Tropical Marine Biology

MARI 40890.03 Laboratory Studies of Fishes

MGMT 4507.03: Environmental Informatics

OCEA 2020.03: Tools and Concepts in Ocean Science I

OCEA 2021.03: Tools and Concepts in Ocean Science II

OCEA 3003.03: Introduction to Field Oceanography

OCEA 4210.03: Time Series Analysis in Oceanography and Meteorology

OCEA 4220.03: Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans

OCEA 4380.03: Marine Modelling

SOSA 3403.03: Qualitative Field Methods

SUST 3000.03: Environmental Decision Making

SUST 3502.03/ENVS 3502.03: Environmental Problem Solving II The Campus as a Living Laboratory OR MGMT   3701.03/SUST 3701.03: The Community as a Living Laboratory


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

ANSC4008.03: Carnivore Biology

APSC 4001.03 Water Quality Issues

APSC 4004.03 Energy Conservation and Assessment

APSC4005.03: Watershed Management and Environmental Restoration

APSC4006.03: Wastewater Management

BIOA4004.03: Animal Adaptation and Stress

BIOL 4003.03 Indigenous Perspectives in Conservation Biology

BIOL 4500.03: Evolution of Life History

BIOL 4065.03: Sustainability and Complexity

BIOL 4370.03: Deep Sea Biology

ECON 4350.03: Social Cost Benefit Analysis

ENVA 4006.03: Air, Climate, and Climate Change

ENVS 3400.03/GEOG 3400.03: Environment and Human Health

ENVS 4003.03/MARI 4003.03: Coral Reefs and Environmental Change

ENVS 4004.03/SUST 4004.03: Pathways to Sustainable Energy

ENVS 4100.03 Environmental Science Capstone

ERTH 3701.03/ENVS 3701.03: Fundamentals of Hydrology

ERTH 4410.03: Environmental Geoscience

MARI 4090.03: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Mammals

MARI 4665.03/OCEA 4230.03: Hacking the Blue Planet

MCRA 4000.03 Soil Microbiology

MGMT 4031.03: Ecological Economics

MGMT 4047.03: Biodiversity Conservation System Design

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 4001.03 and SUST 4002.03 Environment, Sustainability, Society (ESS) Capstone

SUST 4125.03/MGMT 4125.03/PLAN 4125.03 Conflict Negotiation and Management