Earth Sciences and Economics
Earth Sciences and Economics Domain
(66 credits including Core)
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!
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)
Core: Complementary Course — Senior Research Project
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.
Domain Required courses (21 credits)
(EPSC 455 has been re-numbered to EPSC 355)
Domain Complementary courses (24 credits)
3 credits in statistics
9 credits from List A:
12 credits from List B: