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Diploma in Environment (30 credits)

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The Diploma in Environment is designed for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to enrich or reorient their training, supplementing their specialization with additional undergraduate level course work.

The Diploma requires 30 credits of full-time or part-time study. Taken full-time, the Diploma is a one year program.

Students holding a BSc or BA degree or equivalent can register for the Diploma in Environment through the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, or the Faculty of Arts, provided they meet University admission criteria.

Courses should be chosen under the guidance of the MSE Program Coordinator for academic advising. To obtain the Diploma, students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses.

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

Complementary Courses

3 credits must be taken with the approval of the program adviser in an area outside the student's previous degree (e.g., those with those with a B.A. degree must take 3 credits in the natural sciences; those with a B.Sc. degree must take 3 credits in the social sciences). A list of suggested courses is available.

9 credits must be taken in an area of focus chosen by the student with the approval of the program adviser. At least 6 credits must be taken at the 400-level or higher.


Restrictions on Courses taken Outside your Faculty

There are some important rules regarding how many and which courses you can take outside the Faculty into which you were admitted for your Diploma program. The rules for each faculty are different; see below for the information that pertains to you.

Faculty of Science Students

Science students should note that there are some courses at McGill offered in faculties other than the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, for which they will not receive credit. For a full listing of courses that are Approved, and those that are Not Approved, see the Restricted Courses list on the SOUSA website.

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AES)

AES students must take at least two-thirds of their course credits from within the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These limits do not include the ENVR Core courses, regardless of where they are taken.

Statistics Courses

There are many statistics courses offered at McGill that are similar and cannot be taken together for credit. If you are interested in taking statistics courses for your Diploma, be sure to check the Calendar or ask Kathy Roulet, the MSE Program Advisor, to see if there are any restrictions. Minerva will not warn you if there is an overlap in courses; the credits will be excluded from your record upon completion.