Environmental Science

The Department of Environmental Science offers a rigorous interdisciplinary program based on core sciences and includes courses in business, social sciences and the humanities. This program can lead to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major.

In the Faculty of Science, students can pursue a Major, Honours or Minor in Environmental Science. Students can also pursue a Double Major or a Double Honours in Environmental Science and another science subject, as outlined in Sections 7 and 11d of the Faculty of Science pages in this Calendar. Students in the Environmental Science Honours program carry out a major research project under close faculty supervision, preparing them for admission to graduate programs in Environmental Science or related subjects (see the Graduate Academic Calendar for details).

Students who pursue the Co-op option available in Environmental Science participate in paid internships and graduate with “Cooperative Education” on their degree (see the Cooperative Education Programs in the Faculty of Science pages in this Calendar for details).

A dual degree with either the Faculty of Arts or Commerce is also an option (Academic Regulation 23 in this Calendar). Students in Arts or Commerce may also combine a Minor in Environmental Science with their degree

NOTE: For details on the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) degree requirements in the Faculty of Arts, please refer to the BES section in this Academic Calendar.

The Environmental Science program provides students with theoretical and hands-on academic preparation to understand – from a scientific perspective – major environmental topics like sustainable energy production, pollution control and mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, biodiversity loss and conservation, renewable resource management, and responsible non-renewable resource extraction. Combined with studies of environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, and environmental management, graduating students are equipped with resources for entry into the work force and begin developing creative and effective solutions to the major challenges of our times. Students gain scientific and transferrable skills of practical importance to an Environmental Science professional, which are also useful in other areas of employment or further studies.

Environmental Science faculty are passionate about teaching and maintaining vibrant research programs, which generate new knowledge concerning environmental issues on scales ranging from local to global. Undergraduate students are directly involved in these research activities, and interested students should get in touch early on with the Department Chair or individual professors about possible research projects.

All programs of study in Environmental Science are built from ENVS and other courses arranged into Groups A, B and C, as described below. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Science, some courses are found in more than one group. Students should consult the Faculty of Science Program Requirement tables on the ENVS website for program requirements and a suggested sequence of courses for years 1 and 2. Students should consult with the Department Chair or a Science Advisor to chart their courses and to determine the best sequence of courses for years 3 and 4.