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Science Certificate Programs

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Why just get a single degree?  In the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor you can Enhance Your Degree through one of our new Certificates in addition to minors that are available from most programs across campus.  The Certificates provide you with the technical and soft skills that employers are seeking, making you more marketable.

There are currently 9 certificates available: Statistical Consulting, Film and Media for the Sciences, Science Communication, Biological Conservation, Environmental Assessment, Greenhouse Science, Applied IT, Geographic Information Science and Anthrozoology. A tenth certificate in Forensic Science is coming soon.

Below, find the courses required for each certificate.

Total courses: 8
Four manditory courses:
ANZO-1600 Animals and Humans in Society
ANZO-2600 Animals for Sport and Entertainment
ANZO-2610 Animals and the Law
ANZO-4980 Anthrozoology Capstone

Four courses from:
ANZO-2000 The Paw and the Pen: Animals in Literature
ANZO-3600 Special Topics in Anthrozoology
ANZO-3100 The Canine Impact: Exploring the Dog-Human Relationship
PHIL-3290 Animals and Ethics
PSYC-3550 Comparative Psychology
SACR-3650 Green Criminology
VSAR-3860 Bioart: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences
BIOL-2101 Ecology
BIOL-3230.Animal Behaviour
BIOL-3261 Ornithology
BIOL-4262 Animal Communication

 

Certificate in Applied Information Technology 

Total courses: 8
Students must maintain an average of 60% or better in the following courses: 

  • COMP-1047
  • COMP-2067 (or COMP-1400)
  • COMP-2057
  • COMP-2077
  • COMP-2097
  • COMP-2707
  • COMP-3057
  • COMP-3077

 

Certificate in Biological Conservation:

A. Required courses (3)

  • BIOL 2101 Ecology
  • BIOL 3142 Evolution
  • BIOL 4270 Conservation biology

B. Taxon-specific courses (3 courses): Students must select three courses from the following:

  • BIOL 3291 Invertebrate biology
  • BIOL 3241 Fish and fisheries
  • BIOL 3261 Ornithology
  • BIOL 3201/FRSC 3201 Applied entomology
  • BIOL 3281 Plant ecology
  • BIOL 2080 Economic botany

C. Concept courses (3 courses): Students must select three courses from the following:

  • BIOL 3230 Animal Behaviour
  • BIOL 4280 Limnology
  • BIOL 4212 Speciation
  • BIOL 4241 Stream Ecology
  • BIOL 3250 Population and Community Ecology
  • BIOL 4232 Pollution Ecology

D. Research/field experience/internship (1 course): Students must select one course form the following:

  • BIOL 4904 Undergraduate Research in Biology
  • SCIE 3900 Undergraduate Research Experience
  • BIOL 4864 Great lakes Field Biology
  • BIOL 4874 Field course in Tropical Ecology
  • ESCI 3735- (abroad section) Field methods for Environmental Science
  • Any field course from the OUPFB
  • SCIE 3990 Internship

Certificate in Environmental Assessment:

A. Introduction to Science Communication (1 course): Students must select one course from the following:

  • SCIE 1000 Communicating Science in the Wider World
  • ESCI 3801 Scientific Writing and Data Management

B. Scientific Principles and Knowledge (2 courses): Students must select two courses from the following:

  • ESCI 2131 Introduction to Geochemistry
  • ESCI 2141 Hydrology
  • ESCI 2210 Introduction to Climate Change

C. Techniques (5 Courses): Students complete all five courses (with the exception of choosing between two field courses):

  • ESCI 1151 Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems
  • ESCI 2111 Aerial photography and Introductory Remote Sensing
  • ESCI 2705 Applied Geophysics
  • ESCI 3711 Principles of Instrumental Analysis
  • ESCI 3735 Field Methods for Environmental Sciences OR ESCI 3755 Methods in Great Lakes Geomicrobiology

D. Environmental Assessment (2 courses): Students complete both courses:

  • ESCI 3610 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ESCI 4710 Environmental Site Assessment

Certificate in Film and Media for the Sciences:

A. Introduction to Science Communication

  • SCIE 1000 Communicating Science in the Wider World

B. Scientific Principles and Knowledge (4 courses)

  • Three of the following (only one from each of 1-8):
  1. BIOL 1003, BIOL 1101, BIOL 1111
  2. CHEM 1000, CHEM 1100
  3. ESCI 1100, ESCI 1130
  4. PHYS 1300, PHYS 1400
  5. MATH 1720, 1250 (MATH 1760, MATH 1260 if MCV4U not taken)
  6. ECON 1100
  7. COMP 1000, COMP 1400
  8. PSYC 1150
  • One of the following: STAT 2910 OR STAT 2920 OR SOSC 2500

C. Film-making and Media Communications (4 courses)

  • CMAF 1010, CMAF 1120, CMAF 1130, CMAF 2320

D. Capstone: Bringing it all together

  • SCIE 4000 Science in the Media

 

Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc) 

Total courses: 9

  • ESCI-1141 Cartography and Digital Mapping
  • ESCI-1151 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
  • ESCI-2721 Introduction to Image Processing & Remote Sensing
  • ESCI-2701 Geospatial Data Collection & Database Design
  • ESCI-2711 Scripting & Programming in GIS
  • ESCI-3701 Spatial Modelling in GIS
  • ESCI-3761 Geostatistical Analysis in GIS
  • ESCI-3771 GeoWeb and Geoportal Development
  • ESCI-4911 GIS Capstone Research Project

Certificate in Greenhouse Science:

A. Required courses (8 courses):

  • ESCI 1100 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ESCI 2131 Introduction to Geochemistry
  • ESCI 2201 Climatology
  • BIOL 2080 Economic Botany
  • BIOL 3281 Plant Ecology
  • BIOL 3201/FRSC-3201 Applied Entomology
  • SCIE 3990 Internship*
  • ESCI 4808-section 25 Integrated Pest Management

B. Optional (2 courses): Students must select two courses from the Optional Course List:

  • ESCI 4721 Biogeochemistry
  • ESCI 3751 Environmental Geochemistry
  • ESCI 2421 Soils and sediments
  • ESCI 2600 Principles of Resource Management
  • ESCI 2210 Introduction to Climate Change
  • ESCI 3735 Field Methods for Environmental Science OR ESCI 3755 Methods in Great Lakes Geomicrobiology
  • BIOL 3250 Population and Community Ecology

Certificate in Science Communication:

A. Introduction to Science Communication

  • SCIE-1000 Communicating Science in the Wider World

B. Scientific Principles and Knowledge (4 courses)

  • Three of the following (only one from each of 1-8):
  1. BIOL 1003, BIOL 1101, BIOL 1111
  2. CHEM 1000, CHEM 1100
  3. ESCI 1100, ESCI 1130
  4. PHYS 1300, PHYS 1400
  5. MATH 1720, 1250 (MATH 1760, MATH 1260 if MCV4U not taken)
  6. ECON 1100
  7. COMP 1000, COMP 1400
  8. PSYC 1150, PSYC 1160
  • One of the following: STAT 2910 OR STAT 2920 OR SOSC 2500

C. Knowledge, Ethics and Practice in Science (1 course)

  • Science students: ESCI 3801 OR BIOL 3022 OR PHYS-4000 OR ECON 4070 (where available as a requirement or option within a degree program) OR PHIL 2550 OR PSYC-2300
  • FAHSS students (or non-science students): PHIL 2550 OR PSYC-2300 OR One 2000+ level course in science that counts as a credit for a major.

D. Journalism, Communications and Media Principles (or other courses in the spirit of this requirement, with the permission of the Dean or Delegate) (3 courses)

  • CMAF 1010 and two of CMAF-1120, CMAF-1130, CMAF-2250, CMAF 2130, CMAF 2610, CMAF 3610, SCIE-3700 (if appropriate)

E. Capstone: Bringing it all together

  • SCIE-4000: Science in the Media

Certificate in Statistical Consulting:

A. Introduction to Science Communication

  • SCIE-1000 Communicating Science in the Wider World

B. Statistical and Mathematical Knowledge

  • MATH-1730 Integral Calculus
  • MATH-2250 Linear Algebra II
  • STAT-2950 Introduction to Statistics
  • STAT-4980 Experimental Design
  • STAT-4981 Sampling Theory
  • STAT-4460 Statistical Data Analysis  
  • STAT 4550 Regression Analysis

C. Capstone

  • STAT-4600 Practicum in Statistical Consulting