Upcoming courses

Registration is now open for fall and spring courses. In mid-August, registration will open to students from other programs, so it’s important to register now to get the courses you want. Please call Continuing Studies Registration (250) 472-4747 or stop by in person: 2nd Floor, Continuing Studies Building.

Fall 2015 courses

ER 313 (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology): Sept. 7–Dec. 6 (Online)
ER 352 (Non-Timber Forest Management and Sustainable Use by Major Forest Zones in BC): Sept. 7–Dec. 13 (Online)
ER 312B (Field Study in Ecological Restoration II): Sept. 17–21 (In person)
ER 325 (Ecosystems of BC, Canada and the World): Nov. 10–14 (In person)
ER 411 (Advanced Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration): Sept. 9–Dec. 4 (In person, Mondays and Thursdays)
ER 390 (Environmental Restoration Project) and ER 400 (Seminar in Environmental Restoration) are also available for registration in the Fall 2015 term: Contact Val Schaefer to discuss your project.

Spring 2016 courses

ER 311 (Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration): Jan. 4– April 10 (Online)
ER 314 (Ethical, Legal and Policy Aspects of Ecological Restoration): Jan. 4–April 3 (Online)
ER 326 (Traditional Systems of Land and Resource Management): Feb. 8–12 (In person)
ER 334 (Soil Conservation and Restoration): March 2–6 (In person)
ER 335A (Restoration of Freshwater Aquatic Systems): March 16–20 (In person)
ER 390 (Environmental Restoration Project) and ER 400 (Seminar in Environmental Restoration) are also available for registration in the Spring 2016 term: Contact Val Schaefer to discuss your project.
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Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 courses

ER 501 (Design Principles for Natural Processes): Sept.7–Dec. 13 (Online)
ER 502 (Ecosystem Design Through Propagation of Native Plants): Jan. 4–April 3 (Online)

Program news

NEW – Program name change! 

The Native Species and Natural Processes Professional Specialization Certificate program is now called the Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate program. We are excited to use the new name, as it better reflects what the program is about. The change took effect at the beginning of June 2015, so students who are currently enrolled in this program will notice the course codes have changed from NP to ER (for example: NP 501 is now ER 501). The program curriculum and completion requirements remain the same. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this change—please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Co-op program for RNS Diploma students

Complement your studies with some hands-on experience. Students in the RNS Diploma program may apply to the Social Sciences Co-op Program to complete one or two work terms. Applications are due to the co-op office by Sept. 20.

Reminder: five-day courses

Our five-day on-campus courses involve work both before the course starts and after the course ends. Normally there is pre-reading and an assignment due when the course starts, and one or more assignments due approximately one month after the course ends. Please take this into account when planning your course schedule, and check with the program office about the course workload if you are registering for a five-day course less than two weeks before the start date.

Reminder: RNS Certificate Program electives

As you may already know, RNS Certificate students can transfer in one approved elective from outside of the program. To build on this, students can take one of the ER (formerly NSNP) Certificate courses as their approved elective.

There are four ER courses to choose from, each of which are full-term distance courses. The ER courses are at a graduate level, so we require students to have completed a Bachelor’s degree in order to register.

Note that ER courses cannot be used as electives for the RNS Diploma program because they are non-credit courses. However, students are welcome to enrol in any of the ER courses out of interest.

Questions about electives? Please contact us.

Lorene Kennedy RNS Diploma and Certificate Selected Project Award 

One or more awards, to a maximum of $500 each, are available to offset additional costs required for field work conducted as part of the required ER 390: Environmental Restoration Project course. When RNS students register for the selected project, part of the course requirement is to provide a proposal that includes an expense sheet covering anticipated expenditures related to the project. There is no application process for this award—nominations will be made by the RNS program. Please contact Val Schaefer if you are interested in this award.

Other updates

Save the date: GOERT Colloquium, Nov. 20 at UVic 

Mark your calendars: the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team will be welcoming guest speakers to UVic on Friday, Nov. 20 to discuss the theme of "Blank Slate Restoration". More details to follow in our next newsletter and on social media!

Course planning – RNS students 

To help you keep track of your progress in the RNS program, we’ve created a Student Course Plan (DOC). This will help ensure that you are meeting the program requirements, and determine when you are nearing graduation. You are also welcome to contact Laura Biggs for assistance with course planning.

Note for degree students 

If you are completing your UVic undergraduate degree concurrently with your RNS program, it’s important to note that in order to share courses between programs you MUST graduate from both programs at the same time. In other words, you cannot graduate from your degree program and then use your degree courses as RNS electives in the future. Therefore, if you finish one program before the other, it’s important to wait and apply to graduate from both programs at the same time. If you are unsure about this, please contact us for clarification.

Tuition due dates for credit courses 

If you are enrolled in the RNS Diploma, this means you are taking credit courses and will be paying a $100 portion of your tuition to Continuing Studies upon registration. The remainder of your tuition is paid through UVic tuition.

It’s important that you monitor your UVic MyPage Account for tuition due dates so that you are not charged late penalties.

Normally tuition is due at the end of the first month of the semester (ie. September, January or May) OR at the end of the month in which you register if the term has already started. This means that, for example, if you want to take Val’s ER 325 course in November and you register in October: your tuition is due by the end of October. But if you register in November: your tuition is due at the end of November.

In these situations, you will receive an email from Laura Anderson asking if you’d like her to hold off registering you in the main UVic system so your tuition due date is delayed until the end of the month when the course occurs.

Students who are applying for student loans will likely require their courses to be registered in the main UVic system as soon as possible, so please let us know if this is the case for you. If you have any questions about this, please contact Laura Anderson.

Uncover Your Creeks 

If you are in the Victoria area, check out the Uncover Your Creeks program, which runs on the third Saturday of every month at Whitehead Park in Tod Creek. This is a great opportunity to practice your field skills in invasive removal, planting and water quality testing, while learning about local watershed ecology. Visit them on Facebook at Evergreen BC.

Transcript requests 

Looking for a copy of your transcript?

  • RNS Diploma (credit) students: login to UVic website and click "My online tools" in top menu.
  • RNS Certificate or ER Certificate (non-credit) students: login to Continuing Studies website and click "My Reports" in left menu.

For all students, an official transcript costs $10. Please note that RNS Diploma (credit) courses will not be displayed on the Continuing Studies transcript.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Programs: Laura Biggs 250-721-8463 | resscipc@uvic.ca
Registration: Laura Anderson 250-721-8458 | artssci1@uvic.ca
Content: Val Schaefer 250-472-4387 | schaefer@uvic.ca

  • Posted Aug. 14, 2015