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UVic is a global leader in climate research, which means students have the opportunity to take classes from researchers at the forefront of the field. We have compiled a list of courses from nine faculties across campus, including the Faculty of Continuing Studies, that focus on climate change, climate solutions, and other environmental issues. 

You can navigate through the course list by faculty using the buttons below. 

Clicking on the course information will bring you to its entry in the UVic Calendar.


Wind Power Systems
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
History of wind power. Wind resource characteristics. Aerodynamic analysis: steady and unsteady rotor flow models, sectional aerodynamics. Aeroelastic response: structural models, degree of freedom reduction, time-domain simulation. Control: objectives, hierarchy, methods, classical and modern approaches. Electrical aspects: generator concepts and control, grid integration. Component design and structural analysis. Wind farms. Levelized cost of energy.
Fundamentals of Hybrid Vehicles
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Advance of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology; power plants, electric propulsion systems, transmissions, and onboard energy storage systems; fuel cell vehicles; vehicle performance modelling and simulation using advanced vehicle powertrain modelling tools; design and optimization of HEV powertrain system; and HEV design case studies.
Green Vehicle Technology Project
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
General background of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technologies; green vehicle technology training by industry experts; design using advanced modeling and simulation tools; design, analysis, prototyping and testing of vehicle subsystems or key components for green vehicle technology development. Each student presents a complete report at the end of the term and makes an oral presentation of the findings.
Sustainability in Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Global and local sustainability context; planetary boundaries; footprints. Conceptions of sustainability. Tools, methods and frameworks in sustainable assessment, planning and design - life cycle assessment, substance flow analysis of socioeconomic metabolism, resource efficiency analysis, energy return on investment and accounting of externalities. Uncertainty and risk management. Related policy - environmental impact assessment, pressure state response model. Sustainable Energy. Green design case studies.
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Environmental systems analysis techniques for natural and engineered systems. Sources, characteristics, transport, and effects of air and water contaminants; biological, chemical, and physical processes in water; unit operations for air and water quality control; water and wastewater treatment processes; solid waste management; environmental quality standards. Design, planning, and management of engineered environmental systems.
Environmental Policy
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Introduction to environmental policy, law and governance and cultural and sociological implications of sustainable engineering. How policy is formed and changed. Civil engineering development in First Nations.
Sustainable Water Resources
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Design and environmental integration of a water resource saystem using simulation and geomatics software. Introduction to hydrology; hydraulic engineering, and water resources planning; environment and management of watersheds and ecosystems; risk and uncertainty; urban water systems and water quality; economic demand and supply principles, externalities.
Solid Waste, Air, and Water Pollution
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Urban sources of air and water pollution, acute and chronic health effects of pollution taught through case studies; environmental quality standards and compliance criteria in BC and Canada; air and water quality modelling for prediction, introduction to software; integrated waste management and design, reduce, reuse, recycle, resource recovery and utilization, composting, fundamentals of waste degradation and disposal, geo-environmental aspects of landfill design, leachate and gas management at landfills.
Green Building Design
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Design and construction concepts: site sustainability, water efficiency, energy flows, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality. Life cycle analysis methods, including estimation of material and energy flows in the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the built environment. Innovative design and integration. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification criteria.
Sustainable Buildings: Retrofitting, Repairs, and Recycling
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Specialties of housing in remote communities integrating aspects of structural engineering, rural municipal engineering, transportation engineering while mitigating ecological footprints; major retrofit issues that consider safety, serviceability and aspects dealing with environmental factors, energy consumption and movement of moisture. Potential for recycling building materials for further use.
Energy Systems Decarbonization
Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Energy systems concepts spanning sectors (buildings, transportation, power systems) and scales (cities, provinces, countries, the globe). Emissions and decarbonization, trade-offs, low-carbon technologies. Modelling for decision-making: model design, workflow, scenario matrices; limitations, transparency, accuracy, breadth; data handling, optimization and visualization in python. Development and application of energy systems models.

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