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  • Downtown Campus
  • 3534 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Telephone: 514-398-2827
  • Fax: 514-398-1643
  • Macdonald Campus
  • Rowles House
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Telephone: 514-398-7559
  • Fax: 514-398-7846

About Environment

About Environment

All courses given by the McGill School of Environment (Subject Code ENVR) are considered as courses taught by the Faculty of Science.

Science students who are interested in studying the environment should refer to the McGill School of Environment in the eCalendar.

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Environment (18 credits)

This 18-credit Minor is intended for Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science students and Faculty of Science students, but is open to students from other faculties as well, except Arts and Law.

For more information, see Minor Environment (18 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality (60 credits)

The rapid expansion of industrialization has been accompanied by a host of environmental problems, many, if not most, involving the atmosphere. Some problems are of a local nature, such as air pollution in large urban centres, while others are global, or at least reach areas far removed from industrial activities. The emphasis in this domain is on the ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality (60 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Biodiversity and Conservation (63 credits)

This domain (63 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment program. This domain links the academic study of biological diversity with the applied field of conservation biology. The study of biological diversity, or "biodiversity," lies at the intersection of evolution with ecology ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Biodiversity and Conservation (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Earth Sciences and Economics (66 credits)

The resources necessary for human society are extracted from the Earth, used as raw materials in our factories and refineries, and then returned to the Earth as waste. Geological processes produce resources humans depend on, and they also determine the fate of wastes in the environment. Understanding Earth's geologic processes provides us with the knowledge to ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Earth Sciences and Economics (66 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Ecological Determinants of Health - Cellular (63 credits)

The Cellular concentration in this domain is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment or B.Sc. Major Environment program. This domain considers the interface between the environment and human well-being, with particular focus on the triad that ties human health to the environment through the elements of food and infectious agents. Each ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Ecological Determinants of Health - Cellular (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)- Major Environment - Ecological Determinants of Health - Population (63 credits)

The Population concentration in this domain is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment or B.Sc. Major Environment program. This domain considers the interface between the environment and human well-being, with particular focus on the triad that ties human health to the environment through the elements of food and infectious agents. Each ...

For more information, see Ecological Determinants of Health - Population (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Environmetrics (63 credits)

This domain (63 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment program. 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, ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Environmetrics (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Food Production and Environment (63 credits)

This domain (63 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. in Environment program.

The business of food production is an area of human activity with a large and intimate interaction with the environment. Modern agriculturalists must strike a delicate balance between trying to provide food for themselves, their families, and urban dwellers and trying to minimize environmental damage. When negative effects due to agricultural activities do occur, they are not usually the classic point-source effects that we have come to associate with industry or large cities. Rather, the effects are over extremely large land areas cumulating, perhaps, in pollution of river systems or lakes some distance away. As world populations grow, and as diets change, potentially negative interactions between agricultural systems and other facets of the environment will become more frequent. In the same way, urban sprawl will make conflicts between agriculture and urbanites more common.

With a judicious choice of courses, graduates of this domain may be eligible to apply for membership in the Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ) and the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC).

Program Prerequisites or Corequisites

All students in this program MUST take these pre- or corequisite courses, or their equivalents. These courses are taken as follows:

Location Note: When planning their schedule and registering for courses, students should verify where each course is offered because courses for this program are taught at both McGill's Downtown campus and at the Macdonald campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

One of the following courses or CEGEP equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objective 00XU):

BIOL 112 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology
LSCI 211 (3) Biochemistry 1

One of the following courses or CEGEP equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objective 00XV):

CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
FDSC 230 (4) Organic Chemistry

Suggested First Year (U1) Courses

For suggestions on courses to take in your first year (U1), you can consult the "MSE Student Handbook" available on the MSE website (http://www.mcgill.ca/mse), or contact Ms. Kathy Roulet, the Program Adviser (kathy [dot] roulet [at] mcgill [dot] ca).

Program Requirements

Note: Students are required to take a maximum of 34 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 15 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes core and required courses, but does not include the domain prerequisites or corequisites listed above.

Location Note: When planning their schedule and registering for courses, students should verify where each course is offered because courses for this program are taught at both McGill's Downtown campus and at the Macdonald campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Core: Required Courses (18 credits)

Location Note: Core required courses for this program are taught at both McGill's Downtown campus and at the Macdonald campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. You should register in Section 001 of an ENVR course that you plan to take on the Downtown campus, and in Section 051 of an ENVR course that you plan to take on the Macdonald campus.

ENVR 200 (3) The Global Environment
ENVR 201 (3) Society, Environment and Sustainability
ENVR 202 (3) The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 (3) Knowledge, Ethics and Environment
ENVR 301 (3) Environmental Research Design
ENVR 400 (3) Environmental Thought

Core: Complementary Course - Senior Research Project (3 credits)

Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.

AGRI 519 (6) Sustainable Development Plans
ENVR 401 (3) Environmental Research
ENVR 451 (6) Research in Panama

Domain: Required Courses (9 credits)

AEBI 210 (3) Organisms 1
AGRI 210 (3) Agro-Ecological History
PLNT 300 (3) Cropping Systems

Domain: Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits of complementary courses selected as follows:

15 credits - Basic Sciences

12 credits - Applied Sciences

6 credits - Social Sciences/Humanities

Basic Sciences:

15 credits of Basic Sciences selected as follows:

One of the following Statistics courses or equivalent:

Note: Credit given for Statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students in Science should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Science.

AEMA 310 (3) Statistical Methods 1
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1

One of:

AGRI 340 (3) Principles of Ecological Agriculture
ANSC 250 (3) Principles of Animal Science

One of:

BIOL 202 (3) Basic Genetics
LSCI 204 (3) Genetics

One of:

ENVB 210 (3) The Biophysical Environment
GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment

One of:

BIOL 308 (3) Ecological Dynamics
ENVB 305 (3) Population & Community Ecology

Applied Sciences:

12 credits of Applied Sciences from the following:

* Note: You may take BREE 217 or GEOG 322, but not both; you may take FDSC 200 or NUTR 207, but not both.

AGRI 411 (3) Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture
AGRI 435 (3) Soil and Water Quality Management
AGRI 550 (3) Sustained Tropical Agriculture
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
BREE 217* (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
BREE 322 (3) Organic Waste Management
BREE 518 (3) Bio-Treatment of Wastes
ENVB 437 (3) Assessing Environmental Impact
FDSC 200* (3) Introduction to Food Science
FDSC 535 (3) Food Biotechnology
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 322* (3) Environmental Hydrology
MICR 331 (3) Microbial Ecology
NRSC 333 (3) Pollution and Bioremediation
NUTR 207* (3) Nutrition and Health
NUTR 403 (3) Nutrition in Society
PARA 410 (3) Environment and Infection
PHAR 303 (3) Principles of Toxicology
PLNT 434 (3) Weed Biology and Control
SOIL 315 (3) Soil Nutrient Management
SOIL 510 (3) Environmental Soil Chemistry
WILD 401 (4) Fisheries and Wildlife Management

Social Sciences/Humanities:

6 credits in Social Sciences and Humanities are selected as follows:

* Note: You may take AGEC 200 or ECON 208, but not both; you may take AGEC 333 or ECON 405, but not both.

** Note: If WILD 415 is taken, 1 additional credit of complementary courses must be taken.

AGEC 200* (3) Principles of Microeconomics
AGEC 320 (3) Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
AGEC 333* (3) Resource Economics
AGEC 430 (3) Agriculture, Food and Resource Policy
AGEC 442 (3) Economics of International Agricultural Development
ECON 208* (3) Microeconomic Analysis and Applications
ECON 225 (3) Economics of the Environment
ECON 405* (3) Natural Resource Economics
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
GEOG 510 (3) Humid Tropical Environments
SOCI 254 (3) Development and Underdevelopment
SOCI 565 (3) Social Change in Panama
WILD 415** (2) Conservation Law

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment-Land Surface Processes and Environmental Change (63 credits)

This domain (63 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment programs. The thin soil layer on the planet's land surfaces controls the vital inputs of water, nutrients, and energy to terrestrial and freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Widespread occurrences around the globe of ...

For more information, see Major Environment-Land Surface Processes and Environmental Change (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Renewable Resource Management (63 credits)

This domain (63 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment program. Renewable resource management is an emerging field that focuses on the ecosystem structures and processes required to sustain the delivery, to humanity, of ecosystem goods and services such as food, clean water ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Renewable Resource Management (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment -Water Environments and Ecosystems - Biological (60 credits)

This concentration (60 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment program. To educate students in both the ecological and physical facets of the water environment, this domain offers two concentrations, with students choosing one or the other. Those electing the Biological ...

For more information, see Major Environment -Water Environments and Ecosystems - Biological (60 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Environment - Water Environments and Ecosystems - Physical (63 credits)

This concentration (60 credits including core) is open only to students in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major in Environment or B.Sc. Major in Environment program. To educate students in both the ecological and physical facets of the water environment, this domain offers two concentrations, with students choosing one or the other. Students interested in studying ...

For more information, see Major Environment - Water Environments and Ecosystems - Physical (63 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Environment (72 credits)

This program is open only to students in the B.Sc. Major Environment. To be eligible for Honours, students must satisfy the requirements set by their B.Sc. degree. In addition, students must satisfy the following: 1. Students apply for the Honours program in March of their U2 year. See the Program Adviser for details. 2. Applicants must have a minimum ...

For more information, see Honours Environment (72 credits).

Diploma in Environment (30 credits)

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 in Environment. The diploma requires 30 credits of full-time or part-time studies at McGill; it may be started in either January or September. The ...

For more information, see Diploma in Environment (30 credits).

Faculty of Science—2014-2015 (last updated Aug. 13, 2014) (disclaimer)