Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality
Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality Domain
(60 credits including Core)
frederic [dot] fabry [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Frédéric Fabry) 514-398-3652
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
This Domain is open only to students in the BSc Major Program in Environment.
How does atmospheric circulation and chemistry affect air quality?
The rapid expansion of industrialization has been accompanied by a host of environmental problems, many of which, if not most, involve the atmosphere. Some problems are of a local nature, such as air pollution in large urban centres, while others are global, or at least reach areas far removed from industrial activities.
The emphasis in this Domain is on the mechanisms of atmospheric flow and on atmospheric chemistry. Courses examine how the atmosphere transports pollution, lifting it to great heights into the stratosphere or keeping it trapped near the ground, moving it around the globe or imprisoning it locally, or how it simply cleanses itself of the pollution through rainfall. The Domain also gives students the training required to understand the important chemical reactions taking place within the atmosphere, as well as the know-how necessary to measure and analyze atmospheric constituents.
See also Student Resources for information for New Students, including:
- Suggested First Year Courses
- Taking courses on the Macdonald campus
- ENVR course sections - beware!
Program Requirements (effective Fall 2009)
NOTE: Students are required to take a maximum of 31 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)
Core: Complementary Course — Senior Research Project
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.
Domain: Required courses (15 credits)
Complementary courses for Domain (24 credits)
6 credits from:
and (1 credit)
* CHEM 287 and CHEM 297 must be taken together
Students will not receive credit for both AEMA 202 and MATH 222.
3 credits from:
9 credits of Math or Physical Science (at least 6 credits of which are at the 300 level or above):
6 credits Social Science:
(in Panama or Africa)