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Minor in Environment

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The Environment Minor (18 credits) is intended to complement the expertise gained through a major or faculty program outside the MSE. Students taking an Environment Minor are exposed to different approaches, perspectives, and world views that will help them gain an understanding of the complexity and the conflicts that underlie environmental problems.

You can declare your intention to do an Environment Minor after first consulting with your Major Program Adviser and the MSE Program Adviser. You then submit to the MSE Program Adviser a program of courses to be applied towards the Minor (both courses already taken and those to be taken), and register for the Minor Environment (or Minor Concentration Environment) on Minerva. Students in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences cannot register over Minerva; instead you must complete an application form together with the MSE Program Adviser and submit it to the Student Affairs Office on the Macdonald Campus.

The Minor Environment is open to students in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.

The Minor Concentration Environment is open to students in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Management.

To obtain a Minor Environment (or Minor Concentration Environment) students must:

  • Complete 18 credits of complementary courses (listed below). Note: There is no overlap allowed. Credits counted towards this Minor CANNOT be counted towards another program.
  • Achieve a grade of C or higher in all courses counting towards the Minor (or Minor Concentration).
  • Ensure that all credits from complementary courses are outside the discipline or field of the major program.
  • Ensure that 6 credits of environmentally related subjects are selected with the approval of the program advisor and that at least 3 credits of these are in an area outside your broad area of study (ie. Arts, Law, and Management students take at least 3 cr of natural sciences; Science, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, and Engineering students take at least 3 credits of social sciences)
  • Ensure that all courses completed are at the 200-level or higher.


Complementary Courses (18 credits)

12 credits selected from the MSE core courses:

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought

Note: ENVR 203 is a pre-requisite for ENVR 400
Note: Students must be in U3 to take ENVR 400

6 credits of environmentally related subjects

Selected with the approval of the program advisor from the list of Suggested Courses. Students are also encouraged to examine the course lists of the various Domains in the Major and Faculty Programs in Environment for courses which interest them. You must discuss these options, and receive approval to take them from the MSE Program Adviser. Both courses must be outside the discipline or field of your major program. Plus, at least 3 of the 6 credits must be outside the student's broad area of study (ie. Arts, Law, and Management students take at least 3 credits of natural sciences; Science, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, and Engineering students take at least 3 credits of social sciences).


See also Student Resources for information concerning:

  • Taking courses Outside your Faculty, or on the "Other" campus (Science students, in particular, need to be aware of the Restricted Courses list)
  • ENVR course sections - beware!
  • Statistics course(s) overlap
  • Your Faculty's Student Affairs Office