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Environment and Development

Environment and Development Domain (54 credits)

Mentor

gregory [dot] mikkelson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Greg Mikkelson) 514-398-4583
Department of Philosophy

This Domain is open only to students in the BA Faculty Program in Environment.

A student surveys land formations around Macdonald Campus.

What is development, and how can it be made to be sustainable?

The quest for sustainable paths to economic development requires scholars and practitioners to transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines. This domain offers students sufficient depth and breadth of study to acquire a strong grasp of current theories, concepts and approaches to environment and development. It prepares them for graduate study in interdisciplinary programs (e.g., development studies or environmental studies) as well as in integrative social sciences (e.g., anthropology, geography, etc.).

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite Courses for Program
To graduate from the Faculty Program in Environment, students are required to complete the pre-/co-requisite courses by the end of their U1 year.  These 100-level courses, if taken exclusively for the purpose of fulfilling this program pre-/co-requisite requirement, may be taken using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.  Contact Kathy Roulet, the MSE Program Advisor for more information.

***  One of the following calculus courses:
MATH 139 - Calculus 1 with Precalculus
MATH 140 - Calculus 1
or equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objective 00UN)

AND one of the following science courses:
BIOL 111 - Principles:Organismal Biology
AEBI 120 - General Biology (M)
CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1
PHYS 101 - Intro Physics - Mechanics
or equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objectives Biology 00UK, Chemistry 00UL, Physics 00UR, or equivalent)

***  Fall 2014 -- Students may satisfy this numeracy requirement instead with ENVR 380-002 (Special Topics in Environment - Quantitative Thinking in Environment).  This course cannot be taken using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.   Contact Kathy Roulet for more information.

See also Student Resources for information for New Students, including:

  • Suggested First Year Courses
  • Taking courses on the Macdonald campus
  • ENVR course sections - beware!
  • Calculus requirement for Faculty Program in Environment students

Program Requirements

NOTE: Students are required to take a maximum of 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes Core and Required courses.

Core: Required Courses (18 credits)

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 301 - Environmental Research Design
ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought

Core: Complementary Course — Senior Research Project (3 credits*)

AEBI 427 - Barbados Interdisc Project (6 cr) (M) (in Barbados)
AGRI 519 - Sustainable Development Plans (6 cr) (M) (in Barbados)
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research (3 cr)
ENVR 451 - Research in Panama (6 cr) (in Panama)
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.

Domain Required courses (12 credits)

ANTH 339 - Ecological Anthropology
ECON 313 - Economic Development 1
ECON 314 - Economic Development 2
GEOG 302 - Environmental Management 1

Domain Complementary courses (21 credits)

3 credits of microeconomics:
AGEC 200 - Principles of Microeconomics (M)
ECON 208 - Microeconomic Analysis&Applic
3 credits of statistics:
AEMA 310 - Statistical Methods 1 (M)
GEOG 202 - Statistics & Spatial Analysis
MATH 203 - Principles of Statistics 1
PSYC 204 - Intro to Psychological Stats
or equivalent
6 credits of advanced development courses:
AGEC 442 - Econ of Int'l Agric Dvlpmnt (M)
AGRI 411 - Global Issues on Dev, Food&Agr (M)
GEOG 310 - Development and Livelihoods
GEOG 408 - Geography of Development
GEOG 409 - Geographies of Developing Asia
GEOG 410 - Geog of Underdvlpmnt:Cur Probs
URBP 520 - Globaliz: Planning & Change (in Barbados)
3 credits of natural sciences:
*Note: You may take BIOL 308 or ENVB 305 but not both; you may take BIOL 465 or WILD 421 but not both; you may take ENVB 210 or GEOG 305 but not both; you may take BREE 217 or GEOG 322 but not both.
AEBI 421 - Trop. Horticultural Ecology (M) (in Barbados)
AGRI 550 - Sustained Tropical Agriculture (M) (in Barbados)
BIOL 308 - Ecological Dynamics
BIOL 451 - Res in Ecol&Develop in Africa (in Africa)
BIOL 465 - Conservation Biology
BIOL 553 - Neotropical Environments (in Panama)
BREE 217 - Hydrology and Water Resources (M)
ENVB 210 - The Biophysical Environment (M)
ENVB 305 - Population & Community Ecology (M)
GEOG 305 - Soils and Environment
GEOG 322 - Environmental Hydrology
NRSC 451 - Res in Ecol&Develop in Africa (M)
NUTR 403 - Nutrition in Society (M)
NUTR 501 - Nutrition in Dev Countries (M)
PARA 410 - Environment and Infection (M)
WILD 421 - Wildlife Conservation (M)

6 credits of social sciences:
*Note: You may take GEOG 221 or NRSC 221 but not both.
AEBI 423 - Sustainable Land Use (M) (in Barbados)
AEBI 425 - Tropical Energy and Food (M) (in Barbados)
AGEC 333 - Resource Economics (M)
AGRI 452 - Water Resources in Barbados (M) (in Barbados)
ANTH 451 - Res in Society & Dev in Africa
CANS 407 - Regions of Canada
ECON 326 - Ecological Economics
ECON 347 - Economics of Climate Change
ECON 405 - Natural Resource Economics
GEOG 201 - Intro Geo-Information Science
GEOG 221 - Environment and Health
GEOG 300 - Human Ecology in Geography
GEOG 311 - Economic Geography
GEOG 331 - Urban Social Geography
GEOG 404 - Environmental Management 2 (in Africa, Panama)
GEOG 406 - Human Dimensions Clim. Change
GEOG 416 - Africa South of the Sahara
GEOG 451 - Res in Society & Dev in Africa (in Africa)
GEOG 496 - Geographical Excursion
GEOG 498 - Humans in Tropical Envirnmnts (in Panama)
GEOG 510 - Humid Tropical Environments
GEOG 514 - Clim Change Vulnblty & Adapt
HIST 510 - Enviro. Hist. of L. Am (Field) (in Panama)
NRSC 221 - Environment and Health (M)
MGPO 440 - Strategies for Sustainability
POLI 445 - IPE: Monetary Relations
URBP 507 - Planning and Infrastructure (in Barbados)