The Bieler School of Environment offers several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many are open to all McGill students, while some are restricted to students in Bieler School of Environment programs.

Our courses are team-taught, with several professors from different fields present in the class.  This way students are exposed to a wider range of expertise than in a course with a single professor.  Students (and professors!) also find it interesting to see how experts in different fields approach problems with differing sets of intellectual tools and assumptions.

The most up-to-date information on courses being offered each academic year is available on Class Schedule at

Bieler School of Environment Core Courses

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 301 - Environmental Research Design
ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research

Note: ENVR 401 is restricted to U3 and Diploma students.
Note: Diploma students must contact the Program Adviser for permission to register for ENVR 401.

Other Bieler School of Environment Courses

Topics in Environment
ENVR 380 - Topics in Environment 1
ENVR 430 - The Economics of Well-Being
ENVR 480 - Topics in Environment 2  
ENVR 680 - Topics in Environment 4
Readings in Environment
ENVR 485 - Readings in Environment 1
ENVR 585 - Readings in Environment 2
ENVR 485/585 Guidelines and Student-Supervisor Agreement form
Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience
ENVR 421 - Mtl:Envr Hist & Sustainability
ENVR 422 - Mtl Urban Sustainability Anal
For more information, visit the MUSE website.
Honours in Environment
See: Honours Program
Independent Research Courses
ENVR 396 - Undergraduate Research Project
Note: Unlike other 396 Undergraduate Research Project courses in the Faculty of Science, ENVR 396 is open to non-Science students. Contact the Program Adviser for information.

ENVR 490 - Independ. Study in Environment
ENVR 490 Guidelines and Student-Supervisor Agreement form

ENVR 491 - Independ. Proj. in Environment
ENVR 491 Guidelines and Student-Supervisor Agreement form

ENVR Courses Taught by Jointly-Appointed BSE Faculty

ENVR 540 - Ecology of Species Invasions (Prof. tony.ricciardi [at] (A. Ricciardi) )

ENVR 430 - The Economics of Well-Being (Prof. christopher.barrington-leigh [at] (C. Barrington-Leigh) )

Gault Nature Reserve

The Gault Nature Reserve at Mont Saint-Hilaire is internationally recognized for its long history of scientific research and in 1978 was the first Canadian site to be named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Located at the eastern edge of greater Montreal, the reserve is home to one of the richest clusters of biodiversity in Quebec with over 600 plant species, 800 types of butterflies, 13 kinds of fish, 45 mammals, and 180 bird species. The site, which consists of seven low hills surrounding a small lake, provides an excellent venue for university teaching and research. 

Info on Gault Courses: 

Examples: BIOL 240; BIOL 331; BIOL 471; BIOL 477; BIOL 478  For more info visit Biology;

GEOG 495; GEOG 490  For more info visit Geography

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