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Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science (Ag.Env.Sc.)

Major in Environment (60 to 66 credits)

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The Bachelor of Science is available as a B.Sc. degree through the Faculty of Science (Downtown Campus), or as a B.Sc. (Ag. Env. Sc.) through the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Madonald Campus). Students interested in working primarily on one or the other campus should apply to the appropriate Faculty.

The BSc Major Program has two components: Core and Domain. Students follow three steps in their degree program.

1. Introductory Core: Required Courses (15 credits)

The Core consists of four introductory courses and one intermediate course which expose students to the different approaches, perspectives and world views that will help them gain an understanding of the complexity and conflicts that underlie most environmental problems. Through the Core program students go beyond the confines of their individual views of environment.

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

2. Domain: Complementary Courses (36-45 credits, depending on Domain selected)

Domains provide a transdisciplinary study of a particular theme or component of the environment.

Each Domain has different requirements which can be viewed by clicking on the Domain name below. Except where indicated, all Domains are available through the Faculty of Science as well as the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Domains currently approved for the BSc Environment:

Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality Science only
Biodiversity and Conservation
Earth Sciences and Economics Science only
Ecological Determinants of Health
Food Production and Environment
Land Surface Processes and Environmental Change
Renewable Resource Management
Water Environments and Ecosystems

3. Final Core: Required Courses (6 credits)

Students in the two senior courses of the Core will apply the general and specialized knowledge that they have gained in the program to the analysis of some specific, contemporary environmental problems.

ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought and

Senior Research Project (3 credits*)

AGRI 519 - Sustainable Development Plans
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research
ENVR 451 - Research in Panama
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.


To obtain a BSc Major in Environment, students must:

(a) pass all courses counted towards the Faculty Program or the Major with a grade of C or higher; and

(b) confirm that their course selection satisfies the required components of the MSE Core and their chosen Domain, and that the complementary courses are approved courses in their chosen Domain.

(c) fulfill all Faculty requirements as specified in the B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Ag. Env. Sci.) section of the Undergraduate Programs Calendar.


Restrictions on Statistics Courses and Courses Outside your Faculty

There are some important rules regarding how many courses you can take outside of the Faculty of your degree. The rules for each degree are different, so see below for details about your degree.

Note that students will receive no warning if they register for too many credits outside Arts and Science, the course will simply be flagged for "no credit", and no refund will be given.

These limits do not include the ENVR Core courses, regardless of where they are taken.

Science Students - BSc

BSc Major Environment students are limited to 18 credits outside Arts and Science. Science students must also be aware that there are some courses at McGill outside Arts and Science that are restricted and cannot be taken for credit. Refer to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website for further details, and for a list of restricted courses.


Bachelor of Arts and Science (BA&Sc) students are restricted to a maximum of 30 credits outside of Arts and Science. Refer to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website for further details.


Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Students - BSc(AgEnvSc)

AES students must take a minimum of two-thirds of their McGill credits within their own Faculty.  Refer to the website of the Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for further details.


Statistics Courses

There are many statistics courses offered at McGill that are quite similar and cannot be taken together for credit. The MSE programs list statistics courses from which one course can be taken. Minerva will not warn you if there is an overlap in courses.  You simply will not receive credit for the course.  If you have taken other statistics courses at McGill, you should check the Calendar or ask Kathy Roulet, the MSE Program Advisor, to see if there is any restriction.  

For Faculty of Science Students:

The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website provides Faculty of Science students with general academic information and advice about issues such as faculty and degree requirements, registration issues, inter-faculty transfer, study away, academic standing, or graduation. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.mcgill.ca/sousa.

For Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Students:

The Student Affairs Office on the Macdonald Campus can answer students' questions about all general academic matters, including faculty and degree requirements, registration issues, inter-faculty transfer, study away, academic standing, or graduation. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/studentinfo.

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