Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science (Ag.Env.Sc.)

Major in Environment (60 to 66 credits)

The Major Environment can be completed through the Bachelor of Science degree (available through the Faculty of Science, on the Downtown Campus), or through the B.Sc. (Ag. Env. Sc.) degree (available through the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, on the Macdonald Campus).  Students interested in working primarily on one or the other campus should apply to the appropriate Faculty.

The Major Environment comprises two course components: Core and Concentration.

1. Core (Required Courses) (21 credits)

Core -- Introductory Courses (15 credits)

The Core includes four introductory courses and one intermediate course which expose students to different interdisciplinary perspectives, approaches, and world views -- to help them understand the complexity and conflicts that underlie most environmental problems.  Students will be challenged by the Core program to look beyond the confines of their individual views of environment.

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

Core -- Senior Courses (6 credits)

In the two senior courses of the Core, students will apply the general and specialized knowledge acquired through the rest of the program, to the analysis of a selection of contemporary environmental problems.

ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought (3 cr)

AND One of the following Senior Research Project courses (3 cr*) -
AEBI 427 - Barbados Interdisc Project (6 cr) (M) (in Barbados)
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research (3 cr)
ENVR 451 - Research in Panama (6 cr) (in Panama)
FSCI 444 - Barbados Research Project (6 cr) (in Barbados)
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.

2. Concentration: Complementary Courses (36-45 credits, depending on Concentration selected)

In addition to the Core, each student chooses a Concentration.  Concentrations provide a transdisciplinary study of a particular theme or component of the environment.  The requirements and complementary course sets vary between Concentrations; these can be viewed by clicking on the links to each Concentration, below.  Except where indicated, all Concentrations are available through both the Faculty of Science (Downtown Campus), and the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (Macdonald Campus).

You can choose one of the following Concentrations in the B.Sc. Major Environment, or B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment:

Atmospheric Environment and Air Quality Science only
Biodiversity and Conservation
Earth Sciences and Economics Science only
Ecological Determinants of Health
Food Production and Environment
Land Surface Processes and Environmental Change
Renewable Resource Management
Water Environments and Ecosystems

To obtain a B.Sc. Major Environment, or B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment, students must:

(a) pass all courses counted towards the Major Environment program with a grade of C or higher; and

(b) confirm that their course selection satisfies the required components of the Bieler School of Environment core and their chosen Concentration, and that the complementary courses are approved courses in their chosen Concentration.

(c) fufill all Faculty requirements as specified in the B.Sc. section or B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) section, respectively, of the e-Calendar, and which includes meeting the minimum credit requirement as specified in their letter of admission.

See also Information for Students for details concerning:

  • Majors and Concentrations
  • Suggested First Year courses
  • Taking courses Outside your Faculty or on the "Other" campus (Science students, in particular, need to be aware of the Restricted Courses list)
  • ENVR course sections - beware!
  • Statistics course(s) overlap
  • Your Faculty's Student Affairs Office


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