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Earth Sciences and Economics

Earth Sciences and Economics Domain
(66 credits including Core)

Mentor

jeannep [at] eps [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Jeanne Paquette) , 514-398-4402
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

This Domain is open only to students in the BSc Major Program in Environment.

The resources necessary for human society are extracted from the earth, used as raw materials in our factories and refineries, and then returned to the earth as waste. Geological processes produce the resources humans depend on, and they also determine the fate of wastes in the environment. Understanding Earth's geologic processes provides us with the knowledge to mitigate many of our society's environmental impacts due to resource extraction and waste disposal. Additionally, economics frequently affects what energy sources power our society and how our wastes are treated. Earth sciences and economics are essential for our understanding of the many mechanisms, both physical and social, that affect Earth's environment.

This Domain includes the fundamentals of each discipline. Students learn of minerals, rocks, soils and waters and how these materials interact with each other and with the atmosphere. Fundamental economic theory and the economic effects of public policy toward resource industries, methods of waste disposal, and the potential effects of global warming on the global economy are also explored.

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

NOTE: Students are required to take a maximum of 34 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 15 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*)

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

Domain Required courses (21 credits)

ECON 230D1 - Microeconomic Theory
ECON 230D2 - Microeconomic Theory
ECON 405 - Natural Resource Economics
EPSC 210 - Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 212 - Introductory Petrology
EPSC 220 - Principles of Geochemistry
EPSC 355 - Sedimentary Geology
(EPSC 455 has been re-numbered to EPSC 355)

Domain Complementary courses (24 credits)

3 credits in statistics

AEMA 310 - Statistical Methods 1 (M)
or GEOG 202 - Statistics & Spatial Analysis
or MATH 203 - Principles of Statistics 1
or equivalent

9 credits from List A:

AGEC 333 - Resource Economics (M)
ECON 326 - Ecological Economics
ECON 347 - Economics of Climate Change
ECON 416 - Topics in Econ Development 2
ECON 525 - Project Analysis
ENVB 437 - Assessing Environmental Impact (M)

12 credits from List B:

AGRI 435 - Soil & Water Quality Mgmt (M)
ANTH 339 - Ecological Anthropology
BIOL 305 - Animal Diversity
BIOL 553 - Neotropical Environments (in Panama)
ECON 305 - Industrial Organization
ECON 313 - Economic Development 1
ECON 314 - Economic Development 2
ECON 408 - Public Sector Economics 1
ECON 409 - Public Sector Economics 2
EPSC 312 - Spectroscopy of Minerals
EPSC 331 - Field School 2
EPSC 341 - Field School 3
EPSC 425 - Sediments to Sequences
EPSC 435 - Applied Geophysics
EPSC 452 - Mineral Deposits
EPSC 519 - Isotope Geology
EPSC 542 - Chemical Oceanography
EPSC 549 - Hydrogeology
EPSC 580 - Aqueous Geochemistry
EPSC 590 - Applied Geochemistry Seminar
GEOG 302 - Environmental Management 1
SOIL 510 - Environmental Soil Chemistry (M)