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The UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation provides students with a strong foundation in climate sciences complemented by courses in climate related policy and cultural impacts of climate change. The program offers strong comprehensive theory-based courses and a high level of experiential and applied learning. Courses are designed to develop well-rounded students who have a high level of climate change science knowledge supported by highly relevant skills needed to utilize climate change related technology. Faculty members teaching within the Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program are focused on providing quality instruction and student growth within a cohort-based learning community. Graduates of the program will emerge ready to pursue various climate change related careers, professional studies, or graduate education.

This program of study examines "climate change adaptation" which refers to the adjustments that societies or ecosystems make to limit the negative effects of climate change or to take advantage of opportunities provided by a changing climate. Adaptation can range from a farmer planting more drought-resistant crops to a coastal community evaluating how best to protect its infrastructure from rising sea level. Climate change is already impacting societies and ecosystems around the world, and many impacts are expected to increase as global temperatures continue to rise. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a certain amount of global warming is inevitable, due to the long-lasting nature of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, and to heat already stored in the oceans. Adapting to the changes that are already underway, and preparing for future climate change, can help reduce the risks societies will face from climate change.

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Students following this degree program must complete 127 semester hours of required courses

REQUIRED COURSES FOR APPLIED CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTATION

Applied Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI's Living Climate Lab
ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I
ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change
ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

REQUIRED COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Biology
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology

Chemistry
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Studies
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
CS 1910 Computer Science I
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Philosophy
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy

Physics
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics

UPEI Courses & Writing Intensive Course
One of:
UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experience; AND
One writing intensive course

ELECTIVE COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Economics
ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics

English
ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I

Environmental Studies
ENV 2120 Earth's Physical Environment
ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
ENV 3420 Environment and Development
ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning

History
HIST 1010 Canadian History Pre-Confederation

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II
Philosophy
PHIL 1050 Technology, Values, and Science

Physics
PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I

Psychology
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Sociology & Anthropology
SAN 2660 Science, Culture, and Society

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The following is the sequence for completion of courses

Semester 1

ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI’s Living Climate Lab
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
One of the following electives:

  • ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics
  • HIST 1010 Canadian History—Pre-Confederation
  • PHIL 1050 Technology, Values and Society
  • PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I
  • PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Semester 2

ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
CS 1910 Computer Science I
One of the following UPEI courses:

  • UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
  • UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
  • UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experiences

Semester 3

CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics
One of the following electives:

  • ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I
  • ENV 2120 Earth’s Physical Environment
  • SAN 2660 Science, Culture and Society

Semester 4

ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change
One of the following electives:

  • ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
  • ENV 3420 Environment and Development
  • ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning
  • MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II

Summer Session

ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I

Semester 5

ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies|
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

Semester 6

ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change

Summer Session

ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II

Semester 7

ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism

Semester 8

ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impact and Adaptation
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

Overview

The UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation provides students with a strong foundation in climate sciences complemented by courses in climate related policy and cultural impacts of climate change. The program offers strong comprehensive theory-based courses and a high level of experiential and applied learning. Courses are designed to develop well-rounded students who have a high level of climate change science knowledge supported by highly relevant skills needed to utilize climate change related technology. Faculty members teaching within the Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program are focused on providing quality instruction and student growth within a cohort-based learning community. Graduates of the program will emerge ready to pursue various climate change related careers, professional studies, or graduate education.

This program of study examines "climate change adaptation" which refers to the adjustments that societies or ecosystems make to limit the negative effects of climate change or to take advantage of opportunities provided by a changing climate. Adaptation can range from a farmer planting more drought-resistant crops to a coastal community evaluating how best to protect its infrastructure from rising sea level. Climate change is already impacting societies and ecosystems around the world, and many impacts are expected to increase as global temperatures continue to rise. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a certain amount of global warming is inevitable, due to the long-lasting nature of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, and to heat already stored in the oceans. Adapting to the changes that are already underway, and preparing for future climate change, can help reduce the risks societies will face from climate change.

Degree Requirements

Students following this degree program must complete 127 semester hours of required courses

REQUIRED COURSES FOR APPLIED CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTATION

Applied Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI's Living Climate Lab
ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I
ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change
ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

REQUIRED COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Biology
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology

Chemistry
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Studies
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
CS 1910 Computer Science I
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Philosophy
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy

Physics
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics

UPEI Courses & Writing Intensive Course
One of:
UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experience; AND
One writing intensive course

ELECTIVE COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Economics
ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics

English
ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I

Environmental Studies
ENV 2120 Earth's Physical Environment
ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
ENV 3420 Environment and Development
ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning

History
HIST 1010 Canadian History Pre-Confederation

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II
Philosophy
PHIL 1050 Technology, Values, and Science

Physics
PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I

Psychology
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Sociology & Anthropology
SAN 2660 Science, Culture, and Society

Course Sequence

The following is the sequence for completion of courses

Semester 1

ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI’s Living Climate Lab
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
One of the following electives:

  • ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics
  • HIST 1010 Canadian History—Pre-Confederation
  • PHIL 1050 Technology, Values and Society
  • PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I
  • PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Semester 2

ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
CS 1910 Computer Science I
One of the following UPEI courses:

  • UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
  • UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
  • UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experiences

Semester 3

CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics
One of the following electives:

  • ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I
  • ENV 2120 Earth’s Physical Environment
  • SAN 2660 Science, Culture and Society

Semester 4

ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change
One of the following electives:

  • ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
  • ENV 3420 Environment and Development
  • ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning
  • MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II

Summer Session

ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I

Semester 5

ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies|
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

Semester 6

ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change

Summer Session

ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II

Semester 7

ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism

Semester 8

ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impact and Adaptation
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

Overview

The UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation provides students with a strong foundation in climate sciences complemented by courses in climate related policy and cultural impacts of climate change. The program offers strong comprehensive theory-based courses and a high level of experiential and applied learning. Courses are designed to develop well-rounded students who have a high level of climate change science knowledge supported by highly relevant skills needed to utilize climate change related technology. Faculty members teaching within the Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program are focused on providing quality instruction and student growth within a cohort-based learning community. Graduates of the program will emerge ready to pursue various climate change related careers, professional studies, or graduate education.

This program of study examines "climate change adaptation" which refers to the adjustments that societies or ecosystems make to limit the negative effects of climate change or to take advantage of opportunities provided by a changing climate. Adaptation can range from a farmer planting more drought-resistant crops to a coastal community evaluating how best to protect its infrastructure from rising sea level. Climate change is already impacting societies and ecosystems around the world, and many impacts are expected to increase as global temperatures continue to rise. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a certain amount of global warming is inevitable, due to the long-lasting nature of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, and to heat already stored in the oceans. Adapting to the changes that are already underway, and preparing for future climate change, can help reduce the risks societies will face from climate change.

Degree Requirements

Students following this degree program must complete 127 semester hours of required courses

REQUIRED COURSES FOR APPLIED CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTATION

Applied Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI's Living Climate Lab
ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I
ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change
ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

REQUIRED COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Biology
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology

Chemistry
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Studies
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
CS 1910 Computer Science I
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Philosophy
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy

Physics
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics

UPEI Courses & Writing Intensive Course
One of:
UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experience; AND
One writing intensive course

ELECTIVE COURSES FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Economics
ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics

English
ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I

Environmental Studies
ENV 2120 Earth's Physical Environment
ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
ENV 3420 Environment and Development
ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning

History
HIST 1010 Canadian History Pre-Confederation

Mathematical & Computational Sciences
MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II
Philosophy
PHIL 1050 Technology, Values, and Science

Physics
PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I

Psychology
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Sociology & Anthropology
SAN 2660 Science, Culture, and Society

Course Sequence

The following is the sequence for completion of courses

Semester 1

ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI’s Living Climate Lab
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
One of the following electives:

  • ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics
  • HIST 1010 Canadian History—Pre-Confederation
  • PHIL 1050 Technology, Values and Society
  • PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I
  • PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

Semester 2

ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
CS 1910 Computer Science I
One of the following UPEI courses:

  • UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
  • UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
  • UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experiences

Semester 3

CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry
STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy
PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics
One of the following electives:

  • ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I
  • ENV 2120 Earth’s Physical Environment
  • SAN 2660 Science, Culture and Society

Semester 4

ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change
One of the following electives:

  • ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
  • ENV 3420 Environment and Development
  • ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning
  • MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II

Summer Session

ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I

Semester 5

ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies|
ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

Semester 6

ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change

Summer Session

ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II

Semester 7

ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism

Semester 8

ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
ACC 4080 Climate Change Impact and Adaptation
ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

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Course Level: 
1000 Level
Courses: 
ACC-1010 - This course focuses on how Prince Edward Island is the perfect "living laboratory" for understanding the causes, impacts, and solutions to the challenge of climate change. Students will examine how unique locations on the Island can play a role in understanding the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1020 - Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies This course provides hands-on experience in utilizing technologies to develop solutions to address climate change. Developing skills in drone technology, video game programming, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, surveillance, and renewable energies, this course examines how technologies can assist in the understanding of the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1030 - Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities This experiential-based course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the ways in which human culture has responded to and been shaped by aspects of the natural environment. After an introductory look at the history of the human response to nature, we will focus on modern and contemporary responses from the areas of philosophy and ethics, visual arts, literature, anthropology, architecture, biology, and music.
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
2000 Level
Courses: 
ACC-2020 - Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management This course surveys how climate change is understood and responded to by governments, political parties, political movements, and the media. Specific topics also covered in this course include international treaties and regulatory agencies dealing with climate change issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions, ocean warming, drought and flood management, coastal erosion, and climate-change refugees.
3 hours credit
ACC-2030 - Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation This course brings knowledge of Canadian Indigenous communities' relationship to the environment as valuable lessons for understanding climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. Students will be led by a local First Nations teacher whose valuable insights to implementing efficient uses of our land and spiritual relationships with nature can assist in addressing global sustainability.
3 hours credit
ACC-2160 - This course is a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real-world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
3000 Level
Courses: 
ACC-3010 - Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation The course will examine the natural greenhouse effect, and the human contribution to it; how astronomical forces influence the Earth's climate and their cycles; properties of the atmosphere that influence climate; greenhouse gases; and paleological indicators of climate including ice cores, tree rings, sediment cores, etc.; how these indicators are collected; and what they tell us about past temperature changes.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program
3 hours credit
ACC-3020 - Students will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to validate climate model outputs against historical observations and produce regional climate change projections. The course will examine greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and their driving of climate models as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Emission Scenarios and the new approaches to future scenarios. Alternating classroom and laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3030 - Students will be given the opportunity to understand how the components of climate are monitored instrumentally, the history of written climate archives, and how climate records are organized. They will plan and set up a climate station that reports to a UPEI climate database, access online climate records, quality control climate records, analyze climate trends; and calculate climate indices. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory a week
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.; ACC-3030L
3 hours credit
ACC-3040 - The R language is widely used among climatologists for data analysis and provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, etc.) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. This course will provide an introduction to computer programming in R and how to use R for effective climate data analysis. Three hours a week on-line, three hours laboratory
PREREQUISITE: Math-1910 CS-1910 Stat-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; Acc-3040L
3 hours credit
ACC-3050 - This course examines sustainability theory and green technology, beginning with an examination of the historical context for the physical, environmental, technological, economic and political aspects of traditional energy systems and energy transitions. Students will then be introduced to different types of renewable energy technology and how they can work as a replacement for conventional technologies.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 PHYS-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-3060 - An emerging approach to enhancing participation, building awareness and influencing behaviour is the use of 3D landscape visualization to depict past and future scenarios. This course will examine forms of climate change visualization that integrates analytical capabilities of GIS-based software with emotionally-rich and intuitive media and how they are utilized in climate change impact assessment and decision making. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3060L
3 hours credit
ACC-3080 - This course will examine the human sources of greenhouse gas emissions to determine the best approaches for meeting a "safe" or "below dangerous level" of atmospheric concentrations of these gases. Students will assess how to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentration at no greater than 450ppmv without replacing existing nuclear power capacity as it retires and without resorting to carbon capture and storage.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 ACC-3020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3090 - Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change Geographic Information Systems are used in planning, facilities management, resource management, business, and applied research applications. The common thread in this diverse range of applications is the need to store, manipulate, and analyze spatial data. Students will learn how to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems, and apply techniques to improve understanding of climate change. Three hours on-line and three hours laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3090L and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3100 - This course will assess biodiversity conservation and policy responses to global climate change; integrate our knowledge of likely future changes on biodiversity; guide the design of adaptation strategies; and establish a framework for future collaborative research on climate change and biodiversity. A field component of the course will establish a biodiversity-monitoring plot using methods developed by The Smithsonian Institution. Three lecture hours a week with three hours field/laboratory work.
PREREQUISITE: Bio-3270 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3100L
3 hours credit
ACC-3120 - Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada This course introduces approaches to environmental management in Canada focused on climate change aspects. Specifically, the course will examine various environmental laws, regulations, policies and legislation; the application of legislation to proposed projects; the principles and fundamentals of completing environmental audits; and the mainstreaming of adaptation into government programming.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3140 - Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change This interdisciplinary course will provide an understanding of business in the era of climate change by examining the implementation of carbon pricing systems and the need for adaptation measures to address the changing physical and regulatory environments. Specialized activities will focus on the critical role of understanding climate change in business risk assessment using a business sector of each student's choice.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3160 - This course is Year 2 of a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2160 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
4000 Level
Courses: 
ACC-4010 - Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change This course will examine the impacts of global climate change on the oceans and their implications on fisheries and aquaculture; the influence of ocean basins on climate and the development of coasts; and the use of littoral zones in the assessment of the effects of coastal risks and hazards on shorelines. Students will assess the vulnerability of the local fishery to climate impacts and develop adaptation options.
PREREQUISITE: Phys-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-4020 - Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change Probability theory is a mathematical framework that allows us to describe and analyze random phenomena in the world around us. This course will examine and demonstrate the use of basic concepts such as random experiments, probability axioms, conditional probability, law of total probability, single and multiple random variables, moment-generating functions and random vectors in climate change science assessments. Three hours on-line, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4020L
3 hours credit
ACC-4040 - Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change An emerging approach to enhancing participation and building awareness is the use of 3D landscape visualisation to depict past and future scenarios. Following an introduction on the basics and essentials of the Unity gaming software, students will use the imagery data acquired by the drone in ACC 3040 to develop a 3D interactive sea-level rise tool. Three on-line hours, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 ACC-3040 ACC-3050 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4040L
3 hours credit
ACC-4060 - Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading This course will examine greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting. Students will design and execute greenhouse gas emissions inventories, employing skills including the identification of analysis boundaries, acquisition of data, calculation of emissions levels, and reporting. As a final exercise, the students will also calculate the carbon footprint of individual businesses, companies or public organizations
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 an admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4070 - This course will examine the data used to monitor and understand climate extremes; the factors and mechanisms that determine the characteristics of climate extremes; Atlantic Region droughts, floods, heavy precipitation events, heat waves, cold spells, tropical and extra-tropical storms, and ocean waves; specialized tools such as IDF curves; and the influence of temporal considerations in adaptation planning.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4080 - Adaptation strategies, limits to adaptation, and approaches to adaptation planning will be covered. Students will use regional scenarios of future climate change and the guidelines set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to conduct a rapid assessment of climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for the PEI economy and ecology, designated for a local entity.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3020 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4090 - Students will develop an awareness of the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of tourism; study the possible measures to redress the negative impacts of tourism; develop an appreciation of environmental sustainability in tourism; examine the concept of ecotourism; and incorporate the principles of sustainable tourism into developing and managing tourism destinations and products.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4110 - This course will explore how human health is shaped by environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political forces; investigate the impact of systems put in place to deal with illness; examine the influence of climate change on vector borne diseases, mental health, chronic health, prenatal health, and food security; and understand First Nations approaches to human health and community well-being.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2030and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4120 - International Climate Diplomacy This course provides an historical and analytical view for understanding international environmental relations, examines international environmental agreements and their implications for Canada, identifies the main actors and how they address global environmental problems, and explores environmental governance. Students will take on the role of countries in the United Nations and negotiate a climate agreement.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit

Calendar Courses

ACC-1010 - This course focuses on how Prince Edward Island is the perfect "living laboratory" for understanding the causes, impacts, and solutions to the challenge of climate change. Students will examine how unique locations on the Island can play a role in understanding the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1020 - Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies This course provides hands-on experience in utilizing technologies to develop solutions to address climate change. Developing skills in drone technology, video game programming, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, surveillance, and renewable energies, this course examines how technologies can assist in the understanding of the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1030 - Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities This experiential-based course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the ways in which human culture has responded to and been shaped by aspects of the natural environment. After an introductory look at the history of the human response to nature, we will focus on modern and contemporary responses from the areas of philosophy and ethics, visual arts, literature, anthropology, architecture, biology, and music.
3 hours credit
ACC-2020 - Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management This course surveys how climate change is understood and responded to by governments, political parties, political movements, and the media. Specific topics also covered in this course include international treaties and regulatory agencies dealing with climate change issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions, ocean warming, drought and flood management, coastal erosion, and climate-change refugees.
3 hours credit
ACC-2030 - Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation This course brings knowledge of Canadian Indigenous communities' relationship to the environment as valuable lessons for understanding climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. Students will be led by a local First Nations teacher whose valuable insights to implementing efficient uses of our land and spiritual relationships with nature can assist in addressing global sustainability.
3 hours credit
ACC-2160 - This course is a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real-world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
3 hours credit
ACC-3010 - Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation The course will examine the natural greenhouse effect, and the human contribution to it; how astronomical forces influence the Earth's climate and their cycles; properties of the atmosphere that influence climate; greenhouse gases; and paleological indicators of climate including ice cores, tree rings, sediment cores, etc.; how these indicators are collected; and what they tell us about past temperature changes.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program
3 hours credit
ACC-3020 - Students will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to validate climate model outputs against historical observations and produce regional climate change projections. The course will examine greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and their driving of climate models as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Emission Scenarios and the new approaches to future scenarios. Alternating classroom and laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3030 - Students will be given the opportunity to understand how the components of climate are monitored instrumentally, the history of written climate archives, and how climate records are organized. They will plan and set up a climate station that reports to a UPEI climate database, access online climate records, quality control climate records, analyze climate trends; and calculate climate indices. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory a week
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.; ACC-3030L
3 hours credit
ACC-3040 - The R language is widely used among climatologists for data analysis and provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, etc.) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. This course will provide an introduction to computer programming in R and how to use R for effective climate data analysis. Three hours a week on-line, three hours laboratory
PREREQUISITE: Math-1910 CS-1910 Stat-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; Acc-3040L
3 hours credit
ACC-3050 - This course examines sustainability theory and green technology, beginning with an examination of the historical context for the physical, environmental, technological, economic and political aspects of traditional energy systems and energy transitions. Students will then be introduced to different types of renewable energy technology and how they can work as a replacement for conventional technologies.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 PHYS-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-3060 - An emerging approach to enhancing participation, building awareness and influencing behaviour is the use of 3D landscape visualization to depict past and future scenarios. This course will examine forms of climate change visualization that integrates analytical capabilities of GIS-based software with emotionally-rich and intuitive media and how they are utilized in climate change impact assessment and decision making. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3060L
3 hours credit
ACC-3080 - This course will examine the human sources of greenhouse gas emissions to determine the best approaches for meeting a "safe" or "below dangerous level" of atmospheric concentrations of these gases. Students will assess how to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentration at no greater than 450ppmv without replacing existing nuclear power capacity as it retires and without resorting to carbon capture and storage.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 ACC-3020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3090 - Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change Geographic Information Systems are used in planning, facilities management, resource management, business, and applied research applications. The common thread in this diverse range of applications is the need to store, manipulate, and analyze spatial data. Students will learn how to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems, and apply techniques to improve understanding of climate change. Three hours on-line and three hours laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3090L and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3100 - This course will assess biodiversity conservation and policy responses to global climate change; integrate our knowledge of likely future changes on biodiversity; guide the design of adaptation strategies; and establish a framework for future collaborative research on climate change and biodiversity. A field component of the course will establish a biodiversity-monitoring plot using methods developed by The Smithsonian Institution. Three lecture hours a week with three hours field/laboratory work.
PREREQUISITE: Bio-3270 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3100L
3 hours credit
ACC-3120 - Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada This course introduces approaches to environmental management in Canada focused on climate change aspects. Specifically, the course will examine various environmental laws, regulations, policies and legislation; the application of legislation to proposed projects; the principles and fundamentals of completing environmental audits; and the mainstreaming of adaptation into government programming.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3140 - Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change This interdisciplinary course will provide an understanding of business in the era of climate change by examining the implementation of carbon pricing systems and the need for adaptation measures to address the changing physical and regulatory environments. Specialized activities will focus on the critical role of understanding climate change in business risk assessment using a business sector of each student's choice.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3160 - This course is Year 2 of a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2160 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4010 - Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change This course will examine the impacts of global climate change on the oceans and their implications on fisheries and aquaculture; the influence of ocean basins on climate and the development of coasts; and the use of littoral zones in the assessment of the effects of coastal risks and hazards on shorelines. Students will assess the vulnerability of the local fishery to climate impacts and develop adaptation options.
PREREQUISITE: Phys-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-4020 - Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change Probability theory is a mathematical framework that allows us to describe and analyze random phenomena in the world around us. This course will examine and demonstrate the use of basic concepts such as random experiments, probability axioms, conditional probability, law of total probability, single and multiple random variables, moment-generating functions and random vectors in climate change science assessments. Three hours on-line, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4020L
3 hours credit
ACC-4040 - Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change An emerging approach to enhancing participation and building awareness is the use of 3D landscape visualisation to depict past and future scenarios. Following an introduction on the basics and essentials of the Unity gaming software, students will use the imagery data acquired by the drone in ACC 3040 to develop a 3D interactive sea-level rise tool. Three on-line hours, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 ACC-3040 ACC-3050 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4040L
3 hours credit
ACC-4060 - Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading This course will examine greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting. Students will design and execute greenhouse gas emissions inventories, employing skills including the identification of analysis boundaries, acquisition of data, calculation of emissions levels, and reporting. As a final exercise, the students will also calculate the carbon footprint of individual businesses, companies or public organizations
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 an admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4070 - This course will examine the data used to monitor and understand climate extremes; the factors and mechanisms that determine the characteristics of climate extremes; Atlantic Region droughts, floods, heavy precipitation events, heat waves, cold spells, tropical and extra-tropical storms, and ocean waves; specialized tools such as IDF curves; and the influence of temporal considerations in adaptation planning.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4080 - Adaptation strategies, limits to adaptation, and approaches to adaptation planning will be covered. Students will use regional scenarios of future climate change and the guidelines set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to conduct a rapid assessment of climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for the PEI economy and ecology, designated for a local entity.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3020 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4090 - Students will develop an awareness of the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of tourism; study the possible measures to redress the negative impacts of tourism; develop an appreciation of environmental sustainability in tourism; examine the concept of ecotourism; and incorporate the principles of sustainable tourism into developing and managing tourism destinations and products.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4110 - This course will explore how human health is shaped by environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political forces; investigate the impact of systems put in place to deal with illness; examine the influence of climate change on vector borne diseases, mental health, chronic health, prenatal health, and food security; and understand First Nations approaches to human health and community well-being.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2030and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4120 - International Climate Diplomacy This course provides an historical and analytical view for understanding international environmental relations, examines international environmental agreements and their implications for Canada, identifies the main actors and how they address global environmental problems, and explores environmental governance. Students will take on the role of countries in the United Nations and negotiate a climate agreement.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit

Calendar Courses

1000 Level

ACC-1010 - This course focuses on how Prince Edward Island is the perfect "living laboratory" for understanding the causes, impacts, and solutions to the challenge of climate change. Students will examine how unique locations on the Island can play a role in understanding the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1020 - Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies This course provides hands-on experience in utilizing technologies to develop solutions to address climate change. Developing skills in drone technology, video game programming, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, surveillance, and renewable energies, this course examines how technologies can assist in the understanding of the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change.
3 hours credit
ACC-1030 - Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities This experiential-based course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the ways in which human culture has responded to and been shaped by aspects of the natural environment. After an introductory look at the history of the human response to nature, we will focus on modern and contemporary responses from the areas of philosophy and ethics, visual arts, literature, anthropology, architecture, biology, and music.
3 hours credit

2000 Level

ACC-2020 - Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management This course surveys how climate change is understood and responded to by governments, political parties, political movements, and the media. Specific topics also covered in this course include international treaties and regulatory agencies dealing with climate change issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions, ocean warming, drought and flood management, coastal erosion, and climate-change refugees.
3 hours credit
ACC-2030 - Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation This course brings knowledge of Canadian Indigenous communities' relationship to the environment as valuable lessons for understanding climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. Students will be led by a local First Nations teacher whose valuable insights to implementing efficient uses of our land and spiritual relationships with nature can assist in addressing global sustainability.
3 hours credit
ACC-2160 - This course is a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real-world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
3 hours credit

3000 Level

ACC-3010 - Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation The course will examine the natural greenhouse effect, and the human contribution to it; how astronomical forces influence the Earth's climate and their cycles; properties of the atmosphere that influence climate; greenhouse gases; and paleological indicators of climate including ice cores, tree rings, sediment cores, etc.; how these indicators are collected; and what they tell us about past temperature changes.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program
3 hours credit
ACC-3020 - Students will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to validate climate model outputs against historical observations and produce regional climate change projections. The course will examine greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and their driving of climate models as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Emission Scenarios and the new approaches to future scenarios. Alternating classroom and laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3030 - Students will be given the opportunity to understand how the components of climate are monitored instrumentally, the history of written climate archives, and how climate records are organized. They will plan and set up a climate station that reports to a UPEI climate database, access online climate records, quality control climate records, analyze climate trends; and calculate climate indices. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory a week
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Program.; ACC-3030L
3 hours credit
ACC-3040 - The R language is widely used among climatologists for data analysis and provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, etc.) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. This course will provide an introduction to computer programming in R and how to use R for effective climate data analysis. Three hours a week on-line, three hours laboratory
PREREQUISITE: Math-1910 CS-1910 Stat-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; Acc-3040L
3 hours credit
ACC-3050 - This course examines sustainability theory and green technology, beginning with an examination of the historical context for the physical, environmental, technological, economic and political aspects of traditional energy systems and energy transitions. Students will then be introduced to different types of renewable energy technology and how they can work as a replacement for conventional technologies.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-1020 PHYS-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-3060 - An emerging approach to enhancing participation, building awareness and influencing behaviour is the use of 3D landscape visualization to depict past and future scenarios. This course will examine forms of climate change visualization that integrates analytical capabilities of GIS-based software with emotionally-rich and intuitive media and how they are utilized in climate change impact assessment and decision making. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3060L
3 hours credit
ACC-3080 - This course will examine the human sources of greenhouse gas emissions to determine the best approaches for meeting a "safe" or "below dangerous level" of atmospheric concentrations of these gases. Students will assess how to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentration at no greater than 450ppmv without replacing existing nuclear power capacity as it retires and without resorting to carbon capture and storage.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 ACC-3020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3090 - Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change Geographic Information Systems are used in planning, facilities management, resource management, business, and applied research applications. The common thread in this diverse range of applications is the need to store, manipulate, and analyze spatial data. Students will learn how to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems, and apply techniques to improve understanding of climate change. Three hours on-line and three hours laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3090L and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3100 - This course will assess biodiversity conservation and policy responses to global climate change; integrate our knowledge of likely future changes on biodiversity; guide the design of adaptation strategies; and establish a framework for future collaborative research on climate change and biodiversity. A field component of the course will establish a biodiversity-monitoring plot using methods developed by The Smithsonian Institution. Three lecture hours a week with three hours field/laboratory work.
PREREQUISITE: Bio-3270 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-3100L
3 hours credit
ACC-3120 - Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada This course introduces approaches to environmental management in Canada focused on climate change aspects. Specifically, the course will examine various environmental laws, regulations, policies and legislation; the application of legislation to proposed projects; the principles and fundamentals of completing environmental audits; and the mainstreaming of adaptation into government programming.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3140 - Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change This interdisciplinary course will provide an understanding of business in the era of climate change by examining the implementation of carbon pricing systems and the need for adaptation measures to address the changing physical and regulatory environments. Specialized activities will focus on the critical role of understanding climate change in business risk assessment using a business sector of each student's choice.
PREREQUISITE: ENV-3110 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-3160 - This course is Year 2 of a summer work-integrated-learning (WIL) opportunity facilitated through either a flagship partnership agreement with Parks Canada, or a number of government and industrial organizations that will provide real world experiences to students that will assist them in securing employment upon graduation. Eight weeks full-time work experience.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2160 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit

4000 Level

ACC-4010 - Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change This course will examine the impacts of global climate change on the oceans and their implications on fisheries and aquaculture; the influence of ocean basins on climate and the development of coasts; and the use of littoral zones in the assessment of the effects of coastal risks and hazards on shorelines. Students will assess the vulnerability of the local fishery to climate impacts and develop adaptation options.
PREREQUISITE: Phys-2630
3 hours credit
ACC-4020 - Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change Probability theory is a mathematical framework that allows us to describe and analyze random phenomena in the world around us. This course will examine and demonstrate the use of basic concepts such as random experiments, probability axioms, conditional probability, law of total probability, single and multiple random variables, moment-generating functions and random vectors in climate change science assessments. Three hours on-line, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4020L
3 hours credit
ACC-4040 - Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change An emerging approach to enhancing participation and building awareness is the use of 3D landscape visualisation to depict past and future scenarios. Following an introduction on the basics and essentials of the Unity gaming software, students will use the imagery data acquired by the drone in ACC 3040 to develop a 3D interactive sea-level rise tool. Three on-line hours, three hours laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITE: CS-1910 ACC-3040 ACC-3050 ACC-3060 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.; ACC-4040L
3 hours credit
ACC-4060 - Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading This course will examine greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting. Students will design and execute greenhouse gas emissions inventories, employing skills including the identification of analysis boundaries, acquisition of data, calculation of emissions levels, and reporting. As a final exercise, the students will also calculate the carbon footprint of individual businesses, companies or public organizations
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 an admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4070 - This course will examine the data used to monitor and understand climate extremes; the factors and mechanisms that determine the characteristics of climate extremes; Atlantic Region droughts, floods, heavy precipitation events, heat waves, cold spells, tropical and extra-tropical storms, and ocean waves; specialized tools such as IDF curves; and the influence of temporal considerations in adaptation planning.
PREREQUISITE: STAT-1910 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4080 - Adaptation strategies, limits to adaptation, and approaches to adaptation planning will be covered. Students will use regional scenarios of future climate change and the guidelines set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to conduct a rapid assessment of climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for the PEI economy and ecology, designated for a local entity.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3020 ACC-3030 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4090 - Students will develop an awareness of the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of tourism; study the possible measures to redress the negative impacts of tourism; develop an appreciation of environmental sustainability in tourism; examine the concept of ecotourism; and incorporate the principles of sustainable tourism into developing and managing tourism destinations and products.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-3140 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4110 - This course will explore how human health is shaped by environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political forces; investigate the impact of systems put in place to deal with illness; examine the influence of climate change on vector borne diseases, mental health, chronic health, prenatal health, and food security; and understand First Nations approaches to human health and community well-being.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2030and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
ACC-4120 - International Climate Diplomacy This course provides an historical and analytical view for understanding international environmental relations, examines international environmental agreements and their implications for Canada, identifies the main actors and how they address global environmental problems, and explores environmental governance. Students will take on the role of countries in the United Nations and negotiate a climate agreement.
PREREQUISITE: ACC-2020 and admission to the Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
3 hours credit
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