Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources (ISAR)

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources (ISAR) program offers two 3-credit course at the 100-level:

AQUA 101 - Introduction to Freshwater Systems and Resources (first term)

AQUA 102 - Introduction to Ocean Systems and Resources (second term)

These are required first-year courses for all students in the ISAR program (those in both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science), and is restricted to students in that program.

Students who are not currently in the Aquatic Resources program, but for whom this course is of interest, and who may be interested in exploring the options available in this interdisciplinary field of study, are encouraged to contact the program coordinator or program assistant for more information. Interested students may still opt into this program.

An online AQUA 100 course is often offered in the Spring Session (May-June).  This 6 credit course is for non-ISAR students only.


Course Description from the Current Academic Calendar:

101 Introduction to Freshwater Systems and Resources
This course introduces freshwater ecosystems and the links between human water use and freshwater resources. Students are asked to consider water-related challenges such as climate change, population growth/demand, eutrophication, and pollution. Examples highlight the interplay between humans and freshwater within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Blue Economy, and current events. Topics include water as a unique substance, ecological principles, management practices, governance, groundwater, lakes, and rivers. Lab and field trips. Credit will be granted for only one of AQUA 101 or AQUA 100. Three credits.

102 Introduction to Ocean Systems and Resources
This course introduces ocean ecosystems and the links between human use and marine resources. Students are asked to consider challenges such as climate change, pollution, aquaculture and fisheries, sustainable use of species and ecosystems. Examples highlight the interplay between humans and oceans within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Blue Economy, and current events. Topics include estuarine and ocean ecosystems, scientific principles, and resource management approaches. Lab and field trips. Credit will be granted for only one of AQUA 102 or AQUA 100. Prerequisite: AQUA 101 or permission of instructor. Three credits

Please refer to Section 9.3 Aquatic Resources in the Academic Calendar.

Click here to go to the Aquatic Resources program webpage.