McGill’s Faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, and Science have forged a unique approach to the study of environment through the trans-disciplinary McGill School of Environment. MSE programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. Advanced students can pursue Honours research in each of these programs.

Career opportunities range from government agencies to private-sector environmental consulting, international development, teaching and research. Half of MSE graduates pursue post-graduate studies.

Program options

A set of core courses gives all students an essential background in understanding how various environmental issues are perceived by different disciplines. Each student chooses a domain—a series of courses that provide specialized knowledge on an environmental theme. Representative domains include: Biodiversity and Conservation; Environment and Development; and Renewable Resource Management.

Students can gain hands-on experience through field courses at McGill field stations and during Field Study Semesters. Currently field school opportunities are offered in Panama, Barbados and the Gault Nature Reserve on Mont St. Hilaire in Quebec.

Department highlights

  • MSE programs bridge the boundaries between disciplines, approaching environmental studies from many dimensions.
  • MSE students can take full advantage of two distinct learning environments—the downtown campus, in the heart of urban Montreal, and the Macdonald campus in a semi-rural landscape at the western tip of the island of Montreal.

More information

School of Enviroment's webpages for undergraduate programs

Calendar entry for McGill School of Environment - see online calendar