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  • Macdonald Campus
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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 of these elements is influenced by planned and unplanned environmental disturbances. For example, agricultural practices shift the balance between beneficial and harmful ingredients of food. Use of insecticides presents dilemmas with regard to the environment, economics, and human health. The distribution of infectious diseases is influenced by the climatic conditions that permit vectors to coexist with humans, by deforestation, by urbanization, and by human interventions ranging from the building of dams to provision of potable water.

In designing interventions that aim to prevent or reduce infectious contaminants in the environment, or to improve food production and nutritional quality, not only is it important to understand methods of intervention, but also to understand social forces that influence how humans respond to such interventions.

Students in the Population concentration will gain a depth of understanding at an ecosystem level that looks at society, land, and population health. Students in the Cellular concentration will explore these interactions in more depth, at a physiological level.

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 31 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes core and required courses.

Location Note: When planning your schedule and registering for courses, you 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 Course (3 credits)

PARA 410 (3) Environment and Infection

Domain: Complementary Courses (39 credits)

39 credits of complementary courses are selected as follows:

21 credits - Fundamentals, maximum of 3 credits from each category

6 credits - List A categories, maximum of 3 credits from any one category

12 credits - List B categories, maximum of 3 credits from any one category

Fundamentals:

21 credits of fundamentals, 3 credits from each category:

Health and Environment

GEOG 221 (3) Environment and Health
NRSC 221 (3) Environment and Health

Health and Society

Revision, June 2014. Start of revision.

GEOG 303 (3) Health Geography
SOCI 234 (3) Population and Society
SOCI 309 (3) Health and Illness
SOCI 331 (3) Population and Environment

Revision, June 2014. End of revision.

Toxicology

ANSC 312 (3) Animal Health and Disease
PHAR 303 (3) Principles of Toxicology

Biology

BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
BIOL 201 (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism
LSCI 211 (3) Biochemistry 1

Statistics

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

Nutrition

*Note: NUTR 307 (Video conference Downtown and at the Macdonald campus)

ANSC 330 (3) Fundamentals of Nutrition
NUTR 207 (3) Nutrition and Health
NUTR 307* (3) Human Nutrition

Advanced Ecology

* Note: You may take ENVR 540 or BIOL 540, but not both.

BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
BIOL 540* (3) Ecology of Species Invasions
BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
ENVB 410 (3) Ecosystem Ecology
ENVB 506 (3) Quantitative Methods: Ecology
ENVR 540* (3) Ecology of Species Invasions
MICR 331 (3) Microbial Ecology
PLNT 460 (3) Plant Ecology

List A:

6 credits from the following List A categories, maximum of 3 credits from any one category:

Hydrology, Climate, and Agriculture

* Note: You may take BREE 217 or GEOG 322, but not both.

AGRI 340 (3) Principles of Ecological Agriculture
AGRI 452 (3) Water Resources in Barbados
AGRI 550 (3) Sustained Tropical Agriculture
BREE 217* (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322* (3) Environmental Hydrology
NRSC 510 (3) Agricultural Micrometeorology

Decision Making and Social Change

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

AGEC 200* (3) Principles of Microeconomics
AGEC 242 (3) Management Theories and Practices
BTEC 502 (3) Biotechnology Ethics and Society
ECON 208* (3) Microeconomic Analysis and Applications
EDER 461 (3) Society and Change
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
PHIL 343 (3) Biomedical Ethics
URBP 520 (3) Globalization: Planning and Change

Development and History

AGRI 210 (3) Agro-Ecological History
ANTH 212 (3) Anthropology of Development
HIST 292 (3) History and the Environment
SOCI 254 (3) Development and Underdevelopment

List B:

12 credits from the following List B categories, maximum of 3 credits from any one category:

Techniques and Management

* Note: You may take ENVB 430 or GEOG 201, but not both.

CHEE 230 (3) Environmental Aspects of Technology
ENVB 430* (3) GIS for Natural Resource Management
ENVB 437 (3) Assessing Environmental Impact
GEOG 201* (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
URBP 507 (3) Planning and Infrastructure

Immunology and Infectious Disease

ANSC 400 (3) Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses
MIMM 214 (3) Introductory Immunology: Elements of Immunity
MIMM 324 (3) Fundamental Virology
MIMM 413 (3) Parasitology
PARA 438 (3) Immunology
WILD 424 (3) Parasitology

Nutrition and Agriculture

* Note: NUTR 512 (Video conference Downtown and at the Macdonald campus)

AGRI 411 (3) Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture
NUTR 403 (3) Nutrition in Society
NUTR 501 (3) Nutrition in Developing Countries
NUTR 512* (3) Herbs, Foods and Phytochemicals

Populations and Place

CANS 407 (3) Regions of Canada
GEOG 300 (3) Human Ecology in Geography
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
PSYC 533 (3) International Health Psychology

Pollution and Pest Management

BIOL 350 (3) Insect Biology and Control
BREE 322 (3) Organic Waste Management
ENTO 352 (3) Biocontrol of Pest Insects
NRSC 333 (3) Pollution and Bioremediation

Genetics

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

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, 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 courses for the Environmetrics Domain is composed primarily of statistics courses and mathematically oriented courses with biological and ecological applications. The list is completed by 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 courses should allow the students to understand their interlocutors and be understood by them in their future job. Students can further develop their background in applied or mathematical statistics and their expertise in environmental sciences by taking complementary courses along each of two axes: statistics and mathematics, and environmental sciences. An internship is also offered to students to provide them with preliminary professional experience.

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 at http://www.mcgill.ca/mse), or contact Kathy Roulet, the Program Adviser (kathy [dot] roulet [at] mcgill [dot] ca).

Prerequisites and equivalent courses are common with Math courses, so check with your adviser when choosing your courses. Be especially careful with Statistics courses, as you will receive no credit (and no warning!) for a course that is considered equivalent to one you have already taken. 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.

Statistics courses BIOL 373 OR AEMA 310 can be taken in U1, but do not take them if you want to follow Option 1 (below), as they overlap with MATH 324.

Program Requirements

Note: Students are required to take a maximum of 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes core and required courses.

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 if you want to take it on the Downtown campus, and in Section 051 of an ENVR course if you want to take it 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 (6 credits)

AEMA 403 (3) Environmetrics Stage
AEMA 414 (3) Temporal and Spatial Statistics 01

Domain - Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits of complementary courses are selected as follows:

12 credits - Fundamentals

3 credits - Basic Environmental Science

6 credits - Statistics, one of two options

15 credits - List 1 and List 2

Fundamentals:

12 credits of Fundamentals, 3 credits from each category.

Ecology

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

Impact

ENVB 437 (3) Assessing Environmental Impact
MIME 308 (3) Social Impact of Technology

Modelling

BIOL 309 (3) Mathematical Models in Biology
ENVB 506 (3) Quantitative Methods: Ecology

GIS Techniques

ENVB 430 (3) GIS for Natural Resource Management
GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science

Basic Environmental Science:

One of:

BREE 217 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
CIVE 323 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
ENVB 210 (3) The Biophysical Environment
GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography

Statistics:

6 credits of Statistics are selected from one of the following two options.

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. Several Statistics courses overlap (especially with MATH 324) and cannot be taken together. These rules do not apply to B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) students.

Option 1

MATH 323 (3) Probability
MATH 324 (3) Statistics

Option 2

One of:

AEMA 310 (3) Statistical Methods 1
BIOL 373 (3) Biometry

And one of:

AEMA 411 (3) Experimental Designs 01
CIVE 555 (3) Environmental Data Analysis
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods
SOCI 461 (3) Quantitative Data Analysis

A total of 15 credits are chosen from the following two lists.

List 1

3 credits minimum of statistics and mathematics chosen from:

* Note: or equivalent courses to BREE 252 or BREE 319.

BIOL 434 (3) Theoretical Ecology
BREE 252* (3) Computing for Engineers
BREE 319* (3) Engineering Mathematics
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
MATH 223 (3) Linear Algebra
MATH 326 (3) Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
MATH 423 (3) Regression and Analysis of Variance
MATH 447 (3) Introduction to Stochastic Processes
MATH 525 (4) Sampling Theory and Applications
SOCI 504 (3) Quantitative Methods 1
SOCI 580 (3) Social Research Design and Practice

List 2

3 credits minimum of environmental sciences chosen from:

AGRI 452 (3) Water Resources in Barbados
AGRI 550 (3) Sustained Tropical Agriculture
BIOL 331 (3) Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
ENVB 313 (3) Phylogeny and Biogeography
GEOG 300 (3) Human Ecology in Geography
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 494 (3) Urban Field Studies
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies
NRSC 333 (3) Pollution and Bioremediation
PLNT 460 (3) Plant Ecology
WILD 401 (4) Fisheries and Wildlife Management
WOOD 420 (3) Environmental Issues: Forestry

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 desertification, soil erosion, deforestation, and land submergence over water reservoirs indicate that this dynamic system is under increasing pressure from population growth and changes in climate and land uses. Production of key greenhouse gases (water vapour, CO2, and methane) is controlled by complex processes operating at the land surface, involving climate change feedbacks that need to be fully understood, given current global warming trends.

The program introduces students to the interacting physical and biogeochemical processes at the atmosphere-lithosphere interface, which fashion land surface habitats and determine their biological productivity and response to anthropogenic or natural environmental changes. Through an appropriate selection of courses, students can prepare for graduate training in emerging research areas such as earth system sciences, environmental hydrology, and landscape ecology.

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 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes Core and Required courses.

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.

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 Course (3 credits)

GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems

Domain: Complementary Courses (39 credits)

39 credits of complementary courses are selected as follows:

9 credits - 3 credits from each category of Statistics, GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques, Weather and Climate

9 credits of fundamental land surface processes

3 credits of environment and resource management

3 credits of field course

3 credits of social science

12 credits total of advanced studies chosen from List A: Particular Environments and List B: Surface Processes

Statistics

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
GEOG 202 (3) Statistics and Spatial Analysis
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1

GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques

One of:

ENVB 430 (3) GIS for Natural Resource Management
GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing

Weather and Climate

One of:

ATOC 215 (3) Oceans, Weather and Climate
ENVB 301 (3) Meteorology

Fundamental Land Surface Processes:

9 credits of fundamental land surface processes chosen as follows:

GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments

And/or one of:

GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
SOIL 300 (3) Geosystems

And/or one of:

GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
SOIL 326 (3) Soils in a Changing Environment

And/or one of:

BREE 217 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology

Environment and Resource Management:

One of:

* Note: You may take BIOL 308 or ENVB 305, but not both.

AGRI 435 (3) Soil and Water Quality Management
AGRI 452 (3) Water Resources in Barbados
AGRI 550 (3) Sustained Tropical Agriculture
BIOL 308* (3) Ecological Dynamics
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
CHEE 230 (3) Environmental Aspects of Technology
CIVE 225 (4) Environmental Engineering
ENVB 305* (3) Population & Community Ecology
ENVB 437 (3) Assessing Environmental Impact
ESYS 301 (3) Earth System Modelling
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
WILD 421 (3) Wildlife Conservation
WOOD 420 (3) Environmental Issues: Forestry
WOOD 441 (3) Integrated Forest Management

Field Course:

One of:

BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography
GEOG 496 (3) Geographical Excursion
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies
WILD 475 (3) Desert Ecology

Social Science:

One of:

AGEC 333 (3) Resource Economics
ANTH 339 (3) Ecological Anthropology
ECON 225 (3) Economics of the Environment
ECON 326 (3) Ecological Economics
ECON 405 (3) Natural Resource Economics
GEOG 221 (3) Environment and Health
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
NRSC 221 (3) Environment and Health
SOCI 565 (3) Social Change in Panama
URBP 520 (3) Globalization: Planning and Change

12 credits total of advanced studies chosen from the following two lists:

List A - Particular Environments:

3-9 credits of advanced study of Particular Environments:

* Note: You may take BIOL 432 or ENVB 315, but not both.

BIOL 432* (3) Limnology
ENVB 315* (3) Science of Inland Waters
ENVB 410 (3) Ecosystem Ecology
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 470 (3) Wetlands
GEOG 536 (3) Geocryology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques
PLNT 358 (3) Flowering Plant Diversity
PLNT 460 (3) Plant Ecology

List B - Surface Processes:

3-9 credits advanced study of Surface Processes:

ATOC 315 (3) Thermodynamics and Convection
BREE 509 (3) Hydrologic Systems and Modelling
EPSC 549 (3) Hydrogeology
EPSC 580 (3) Aqueous Geochemistry
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
NRSC 333 (3) Pollution and Bioremediation
SOIL 331 (3) Environmental Soil Physics
SOIL 510 (3) Environmental Soil Chemistry

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 concentration will focus on the mechanisms regulating the different forms of life in water bodies. They will acquire, as well, a good understanding of the physical mechanisms controlling water properties. Students interested in studying the transport and transformation mechanisms of water on the planet, from rivers to the oceans and atmosphere, will select the Physical concentration. They will acquire, as well, a solid background in the biological processes taking place in water bodies.

Graduates of this domain are qualified to enter the work force or to pursue advanced studies in fields such as marine biology, geography, physical oceanography, and atmospheric science.

Suggested First Year (U1) Courses

For suggestions of 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, Program Adviser (kathy [dot] roulet [at] mcgill [dot] ca).

Program Requirements

Note: Students are required to take a maximum of 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes core and required courses.

Location Note: When planning your schedule and registering for courses, you 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 (6 credits)

ATOC 214 (3) Introduction: Physics of the Atmosphere
ATOC 215 (3) Oceans, Weather and Climate

Domain: Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits of complementary courses are selected as follows:

6 credits - Hydrology/Water Resources, Population/Community and Ecology

3 credits - Math and Statistics

3 credits - Field Course

3 credits - Social Sciences and Policy

18 credits chosen in total from List A and List B

Hydrology/Water Resources, Population/Community and Ecology:

6 credits selected as follows:

One of:

BREE 217 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology

And one of:

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

Math and Statistics:

One of:

* Note: AEMA 310 or equivalent

AEMA 202 (3) Intermediate Calculus
AEMA 310* (3) Statistical Methods 1
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3

Field Course:

3 credits selected from the following courses or an equivalent Aquatic Field course:

AGRI 452 (3) Water Resources in Barbados
BIOL 331 (3) Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography

Social Sciences and Policy:

One of:

AGEC 333 (3) Resource Economics
ANTH 339 (3) Ecological Anthropology
ECON 225 (3) Economics of the Environment
ECON 326 (3) Ecological Economics
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
POLI 345 (3) International Organizations
SOCI 565 (3) Social Change in Panama
URBP 520 (3) Globalization: Planning and Change

18 credits chosen in total from List A and List B as follows:

List A

9-12 credits chosen from:

* Note: you may take BIOL 540 or ENVR 540, but not both; you may take ENVB 210 or GEOG 305, but not both; you may take BIOL 432 or ENVB 315, but not both.

AGRI 435 (3) Soil and Water Quality Management
BIOL 342 (3) Marine Biology
BIOL 432* (3) Limnology
BIOL 441 (3) Biological Oceanography
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
BIOL 540* (3) Ecology of Species Invasions
BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
BIOL 570 (3) Advanced Seminar in Evolution
ENTO 535 (3) Aquatic Entomology
ENVB 210* (3) The Biophysical Environment
ENVB 315* (3) Science of Inland Waters
ENVR 540* (3) Ecology of Species Invasions
GEOG 305* (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography
MICR 331 (3) Microbial Ecology
NRSC 333 (3) Pollution and Bioremediation
PARA 410 (3) Environment and Infection
WILD 401 (4) Fisheries and Wildlife Management

List B

Revision, June 2014. Start of revision.

6-9 credits chosen from:

* Note: you may take ATOC 219 or CHEM 219, but not both; you may take ATOC 519 or CHEM 519, but not both; you may take ENVB 430 or GEOG 201, but not both; CHEM 287 and CHEM 297 must be taken together.

ATOC 219* (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
ATOC 519* (3) Advances in Chemistry of Atmosphere
CHEM 219* (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
CHEM 287* (2) Introductory Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 297* (1) Introductory Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 519* (3) Advances in Chemistry of Atmosphere
ENVB 430* (3) GIS for Natural Resource Management
EPSC 220 (3) Principles of Geochemistry
GEOG 201* (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques

Revision, June 2014. End of revision.

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 the transport and transformation mechanisms of water on the planet, from rivers to the oceans and atmosphere, will select the Physical concentration. They will acquire, as well, a solid background in the biological processes taking place in water bodies. Those electing the Biological concentration will focus on the mechanisms regulating the different forms of life in water bodies. They will acquire, as well, a good understanding of the physical mechanisms controlling water properties.

Graduates of this domain are qualified to enter the work force or to pursue advanced studies in fields such as marine biology, geography, physical oceanography, and atmospheric science.

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 30 credits at the 200 level and a minimum of 12 credits at the 400 level or higher in this program. This includes core and required courses.

Location Note: When planning your schedule and registering for courses, you 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)

Note: 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 (12 credits)

ATOC 214 (3) Introduction: Physics of the Atmosphere
ATOC 215 (3) Oceans, Weather and Climate
ATOC 315 (3) Thermodynamics and Convection
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments

Domain: Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits of complementary courses are selected as follows:

6 credits - Hydrology/Water Resources, Population, Community and Ecology

3 credits - Statistics or Calculus

3 credits - Field course

12 credits chosen from List A

6 credits chosen from List B

Hydrology/Water Resources, Population/Community and Ecology

6 credits selected as follows:

One of:

BREE 217 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology

And one of:

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

Statistics or Calculus:

One of:

* Note: AEMA 310 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 202 (3) Intermediate Calculus
AEMA 310* (3) Statistical Methods 1
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3

Field Course:

3 credits selected from the following courses or an equivalent Aquatic Field course:

AGRI 452 (3) Water Resources in Barbados
GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography

List A:

12 credits chosen from:

AGRI 435 (3) Soil and Water Quality Management
ATOC 309 (3) Weather Radars and Satellites
ATOC 568 (3) Ocean Physics
BREE 416 (3) Engineering for Land Development
CIVE 323 (3) Hydrology and Water Resources
EPSC 549 (3) Hydrogeology
GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
NRSC 510 (3) Agricultural Micrometeorology
URBP 520 (3) Globalization: Planning and Change

And/or one of:

AEMA 305 (3) Differential Equations
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations

And/or one of:

BREE 506 (3) Advances in Drainage Management
BREE 509 (3) Hydrologic Systems and Modelling

And/or one of:

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

And/or one of:

ENVB 430 (3) GIS for Natural Resource Management
GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science

List B:

6 credits chosen from:

* Note: You can take BIOL 432 or ENVB 315, but not both.

BIOL 342 (3) Marine Biology
BIOL 432* (3) Limnology
BIOL 441 (3) Biological Oceanography
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
BIOL 553 (3) Neotropical Environments
ENVB 315* (3) Science of Inland Waters
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
WILD 401 (4) Fisheries and Wildlife Management

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).

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