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Joint Honours Component Environment (36 credits)

Offered by: McGill School of Environment     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Students wishing to study at the honours level in two disciplines can combine joint honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available joint honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department for approval of their course selection and their interdisciplinary honours research project.

Students will enter the Joint Honours at the end of their U1 year, and will be required to maintain a PGPA of 3.30 and an overall CGPA of 3.0. Whereas the Faculty Program Environment Honours requires the student to undertake a Minor as well, the Joint Honours Environment component does not.

This program comprises 36 credits, including: Honours research (6 credits); Environment core (21 credits); statistics (3 credits); and complementary courses (6 credits).

Program Prerequisites or Corequisites

The program corequisites (6-8 credits), which are common to the stand-alone Environment Honours program, are in addition to the overall credit account. Students are required to complete these courses by the end of their U1 year.

3 credits of Basic Science, one of the following, or their equivalents (e.g., CEGEP objectives Biology 00UK, Chemistry 00UL, Physics 00UR):

  • BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the phylogeny, structure, function and adaptation of unicellular organisms, plants and animals in the biosphere.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew Hendry, Rajinder S Dhindsa, Rudiger Krahe (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UK or equivalent; or BIOL 115.
    • This course serves as an alternative to CEGEP objective code 00UK
    • May require departmental approval.
    • Open to all students wishing introductory biology.
    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.
    • This class will use a Student Response System (clicker) which can be obtained from the Bookstore.
  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A study of the fundamental principles of atomic structure, radiation and nuclear chemistry, valence theory, coordination chemistry, and the periodic table.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jean-Marc Gauthier, Ashok K Kakkar, Ariel Fenster, David Bohle (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites/corequisites: College level mathematics and physics or permission of instructor; CHEM 120 is not a prerequisite
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics - Mechanics (4 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : An introductory course in physics without calculus, covering mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, energy, and rotational motion), oscillations and waves, sound, light, and geometrical optics.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kenneth J Ragan (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures; 2 hours laboratory; tutorial sessions
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 131, CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalent
    • Laboratory sections have limited enrolment

And one of the following:

3 credits of Calculus or equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objective 00UN):

  • MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus (4 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of trigonometry and other Precalculus topics. Limits, continuity, derivative. Differentiation of elementary functions. Antidifferentiation. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Axel W Hundemer (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 4 hours lecture, 1 hour tutorial
    • Prerequisite: a course in functions
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UN or equivalent.
    • Restriction Note B: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
    • Students continue in MATH 141
    • Each Tutorial section is enrolment limited
  • MATH 140 Calculus 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivative. Differentiation of elementary functions. Antidifferentiation. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Sidney Trudeau, Stephen W Drury, William G Brown, Thomas F Fox (Fall)

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour tutorial
    • Prerequisite: High School Calculus
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MATH 120, MATH 139 or CEGEP objective 00UN or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122 or MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Each Tutorial section is enrolment limited

Required Courses (27 credits)

21 credits of Environment core courses as follows:

  • ENVR 200 The Global Environment (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : A systems approach to study the different components of the environment involved in global climate change: the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. The interactions among these components. Their role in global climate change. The human dimension to global change.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Anthony Ricciardi, George McCourt, Eyad Hashem Atallah, James W Fyles, Frederic Fabry (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Section 001: Downtown Campus
    • Section 051: Macdonald Campus
  • ENVR 201 Society, Environment and Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : This course deals with how scientific-technological, socio-economic, political-institutional and behavioural factors mediate society-environment interactions. Issues discussed include population and resources; consumption, impacts and institutions; integrating environmental values in societal decision-making; and the challenges associated with, and strategies for, promoting sustainability. Case studies in various sectors and contexts are used.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Elena Bennett, Nicolas Kosoy, Madhav Govind Badami (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Section 001: Downtown Campus
    • Section 051: Macdonald Campus
  • ENVR 202 The Evolving Earth (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Formation of the Earth and the evolution of life. How geological and biological change are the consequence of history, chance, and necessity acting over different scales of space and time. General principles governing the formation of modern landscapes and biotas. Effects of human activities on natural systems.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: George McCourt, Sylvie de Blois, Brian Leung, Martin J Lechowicz, Jeanne Paquette (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Section 001: Downtown Campus
    • Section 051: Macdonald Campus
  • ENVR 203 Knowledge, Ethics and Environment (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Introduction to cultural perspectives on the environment: the influence of culture and cognition on perceptions of the natural world; conflicts in orders of knowledge (models, taxonomies, paradigms, theories, cosmologies), ethics (moral values, frameworks, dilemmas), and law (formal and customary, rights and obligations) regarding political dimensions of critical environments, resource use, and technologies.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Goodin (Fall) Jaye Dana Ellis, Renee Sieber, Iwao Hirose (Winter)

    • Fall - Macdonald Campus; Winter - Downtown
    • Section 001: Downtown Campus
    • Section 051: Macdonald Campus
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Research Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Techniques used in design and completion of environmental research projects. Problem definition, data sources and use of appropriate strategies and methodologies. Principles underlying research design are emphasized, including critical thinking, recognizing causal relationships, ideologies and bias in research, and when and where to seek expertise.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ismael Vaccaro, Suzanne Gray, Christopher Barrington-Leigh (Fall) Jeffrey Cardille (Winter)

    • Fall-Downtown Campus: Section 001
    • Winter-Downtown Campus: Section 001; Macdonald Campus: Section 051
    • Restrictions: Restricted to U2 or higher
  • ENVR 400 Environmental Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Students work in interdisciplinary seminar groups on challenging philosophical, ethical, scientific and practical issues. They will explore cutting-edge ideas and grapple with the reconciliation of environmental imperatives and social, political and economic pragmatics. Activities include meeting practitioners, attending guest lectures, following directed readings, and organizing, leading and participating in seminars.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Nicolas Kosoy, Gregory Matthew Mikkelson, Holly Dressel (Fall) Iwao Hirose, David Goodin, Stephanie Posthumus (Winter)

    • Fall - Macdonald Campus; Winter - Downtown
    • Section 001: Downtown Campus
    • Section 051: Macdonald Campus
    • Prerequisite: ENVR 203
    • Restriction: Open only to U3 students, or permission of instructor
  • ENVR 401 Environmental Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Students work in an interdisciplinary team on a real-world research project involving problem definition, methodology development, social, ethical and environmental impact assessment, execution of the study, and dissemination of results to the research community and to the people affected. Teams begin defining their projects during the preceding spring.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Frederic Fabry, George McCourt, Renee Sieber (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ENVR 301
    • Restriction: B.A. Faculty Program in Environment, B.A.&Sc. Faculty Program in Environment , B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) and B.Sc. Major in Environment, and Diploma in Environment.

And 6 credits of honours research from the following:

Note: you take either ENVR 495D1 and ENVR 495D2 (6 credits over consecutive terms) or ENVR 495N1 and ENVR 495N2 (6 credits over non-consecutive terms).

  • ENVR 495D1 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Preparation of an honours thesis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Colin Austin Chapman, Timothy R Moore, George McCourt (Fall) Kathryn Roulet, Nancy Ross, James Ford (Winter) Christopher Solomon, Oliver T Coomes (Summer)

    • Prerequisites: ENVR 301. Acceptance to Honours Program in Environment.
    • Restrictions: For U3 B.A., B.Sc., and B.A.&Sc. Honours Program in Environment students. Not open to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Honours in Environment program.
    • Students must register for both ENVR 495D1 and ENVR 495D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENVR 495D1 and ENVR 495D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • ENVR 495D2 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : See ENVR 495D1 for description.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Marilyn Scott, Madhav Govind Badami, Nancy Ross (Fall) George McCourt, Timothy R Moore, Katia Opalka (Winter) James Ford (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 495D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENVR 495D1 and ENVR 495D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • ENVR 495N1 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Preparation of an honours thesis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Kathryn Roulet (Fall) Kathryn Roulet (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ENVR 301. Acceptance to Honours Program in Environment.
    • Restrictions: For U3 B.A., B.Sc., and B.A.&Sc. Honours Program in Environment students. Not open to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Honours in Environment program.
    • Students must register for both ENVR 495N1 and ENVR 495N2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENVR 495N1 and ENVR 495N2 are successfully completed in a twelve month period.
  • ENVR 495N2 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : See ENVR 495N1 for description.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Kathryn Roulet (Fall) Kathryn Roulet, James W Fyles, Kristin Norget (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 495N1.
    • Students must register for both ENVR 495N1 and ENVR 495N2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENVR 495N1 and ENVR 495N2 are successfully completed in a twelve month period.

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

One of the following Statistics courses or equivalent:

  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • GEOG 202 Statistics and Spatial Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Exploratory data analysis, univariate descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric statistics, correlation and simple regression. Problems associated with analysing spatial data such as the 'modifiable areal unit problem' and spatial autocorrelation. Statistics measuring spatial pattern in point, line and polygon data.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lea Berrang Ford (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2.5 hours and lab
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Examples of statistical data and the use of graphical means to summarize the data. Basic distributions arising in the natural and behavioural sciences. The logical meaning of a test of significance and a confidence interval. Tests of significance and confidence intervals in the one and two sample setting (means, variances and proportions).

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Christian Genest, Patrick Reynolds (Fall) Jose Andres Correa (Winter)

    • No calculus prerequisites
    • Restriction: This course is intended for students in all disciplines. For extensive course restrictions covering statistics courses see Section 3.6.1 of the Arts and of the Science sections of the calendar regarding course overlaps.
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar. Students should consult http://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/transfercredits/ for information regarding transfer credits for this course.
  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

And 6 credits chosen with approval of the Program Adviser, at least 3 credits of which must be at the 400 level or higher.

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