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Environmetrics

Academic Advisor:

Professor Pierre Dutilleul
Department of Plant Science
Room 2-021a
Raymond Building
Macdonald Campus
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9
Tel.: 514-398-7870
Fax: 514-398-7897
Email: pierre [dot] dutilleul [at] mcgill [dot] ca

This Domain is open only to students in the BSc Major in Environment Program. (63 or 64 credits including Core)

The concept

Environmental changes and their impacts on humans and various life forms and their ecological relationships need sound study design and appropriate statistical methods to be analyzed correctly. This program is intended to provide students with a strong background in the use of statistical methods of data analysis in environmental sciences. Graduates will be capable of effectively participating in the design of environmental studies and adequately analyzing data for use by the environmental community.

Accordingly, the list of required courses for the Environmetrics Domain in the McGill School of Environment is composed primarily of six statistics courses and one mathematically oriented course with biological and ecological applications. The statistical courses cover introductory statistics, graphics, experimental design and more advanced analytical statistics because environmental data are spatial and temporal by nature. These seven courses should provide the students with a strong basis for sound design of studies and appropriate statistical analysis of environmental data. The list is completed by three general courses that refine the topics introduced in the MSE core courses by focusing on the ecology of living organisms, soil sciences or water resources, and impact assessment. These three courses will allow the students to understand their interlocutors and be understood by them in their future work.

The complementary courses maintain the coherency of the domain courses, by allowing the students to further develop their background in applied or mathematical statistics and in environmental sciences. Accordingly, the complementary courses are developed along two main axes: statistics & mathematics and environmental sciences. Students must take two courses from each. Besides some field courses or studies, an Environmetrics Stage (e.g., in a research station of Environment Canada or of the Ministère de l'environnement et de la faune du Québec, or through the network of the International Environmetrics Society) will be offered to students, to provide them with preliminary professional experience.

Footnote: As an indicator that environmental statistics are due to be developed because of the increasing concern about our environment, the number of scientific journals devoted to environmental statistics has increased from zero in 1989 to three in 1997. These journals are (in chronological order of appearance): Environmetrics (the journal of The International Environmetrics Society), Environmental and Ecological Statistics and the Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics.

Preface for program book and calendar

In view of the crucial need for sound study design and appropriate statistical methods for analyzing environmental changes and their impacts on humans and various life forms and their ecological relationships, this program is intended to provide students with a strong background in the use of statistical methods of data analysis in environmental sciences. Graduates will be capable of effectively participating in the design of environmental studies and adequately analyzing data for use by the environmental community. Accordingly, the list of required courses for the Environmetrics Domain is composed primarily of six statistics courses and one mathematically oriented course with biological and ecological applications. The list is completed by three general courses that refine the topics introduced in the MSE core courses by focusing on the ecology of living organisms, soil sciences or water resources, and impact assessment. These three courses should allow the students to understand their interlocutors and be understood by them in their future jobs. Students can further develop their background in applied or mathematical statistics and their expertise in environmental sciences by taking two complementary courses along each of two axes: statistics & mathematics and environmental sciences. The possibility of an internship is also offered to students to provide them with preliminary professional experience.

For more information visit the McGill School of Environment Environmetrics web page.