We all use ecosystems; every day and in a myriad of ways.
The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, many of the materials we use, and much of the diversity of life, recreation and culture we enjoy are products of ecological systems.
We manage ecosystems to provide these benefits. And our use and mis-use often degrades the ability ecosystems to provide the benefits we value. Many of the problems we have to deal with, like the effects of pollution, over-harvesting, acid rain and climate change, arise because we don’t understand the many connections that make up the ecosystems we are part of.
In the specialization you will develop your ability to understand how ecosystems function. You will build on your understanding of living and non-living components of ecosystems and how they interact. You will to apply systems thinking to the challenge of managing ecosystems for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, protected areas and urban development. You will learn concepts and tools that help you to deal with the complexity that an ecosystem perspective brings.
YOU MAY TAKE THIS SPECIALIZATION WITH THE FOLLOWING MAJOR: Environmental Biology
For questions about the Applied Ecosystem Sciences Specialization, please contact the bsc-advisor [dot] agenvsc [at] mcgill [dot] ca (student advisor).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
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Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Applied Ecology (24 Credits)
Offered by:Natural Resource Sciences
Degree:B SC Agricu and Environm Sc
Food, water, air, the materials we use, and much of the diversity of life and recreation we enjoy are products of ecological systems. We manage ecosystems to province these services and our use and misuse often degrades the ability ecosystems to province the benefits and services we value. In the Applied Ecology minor you will develop your ability to understand how ecosystems function. You will apply systems thinking to the challenge of managing ecosystems for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, protected areas and urban development. Concepts and tools will be presented that help you to deal with the complexity that an ecosystem perspective brings. The goal of this minor is to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their understanding of the ecosystem processes, ecology, and systems thinking necessary to understand, design and manage our interaction with the environment.
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Required Courses (12 credits)
Complementary Courses (12 credits)
12 credits selected from the following:
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CAREER PATHS CAN INCLUDE:The Applied Ecosystem Sciences program will help you enter a diversity of careers. You could conduct environmental impact assessments, and develop regulations to combat pollution or protect threatened species. You could write briefs on agriculture or environment for executives in industry or government. You could work as a field ecologist on studies of water quality, forest management or restoration of disturbed lands. You could develop plans for parks and protected areas, or teach others to understand how ecosystems work.
For more career paths, please visit the Career Planning Service (CaPS) website.