For those wishing to pursue a career in environment, the MSE aims to stimulate their passion for life‐long learning, their confidence in questioning established norms, their ingenuity and openness to new ideas, and their ability to communicate and contribute effectively in all situations. We believe that these goals are best achieved through repeated opportunities to witness, experience and participate in diverse academic approaches. We believe that individual achievement is maximized by assuming inherent capacity and by recognizing that not all students learn the same way. Finally, we believe that major research achievements emerge out of a dynamic, interactive community where dialogue occurs among engaged students, staff and faculty from all disciplines. Thus, the MSE approach is student-centered. We strive to achieve a fully integrated, transdisciplinary understanding of problems and solutions to the many and interdependent environmental crises in a manner that bridges the social sciences and humanities with the natural and applied sciences.
Undergraduate programs at McGill are 90 credit, 3 year programs for students from Quebec who have completed the 2 year CEGEP program. Non Quebec students enter a freshman year (U0) and then proceed to a regular 3 year degree. U1 courses are designated at the 200 level. Students in U2 and U3 typically take courses at the 300 and 400 level, and may also take 500 level graduate courses.
The MSE programs are built around the ENVR Core Courses which are taken throughout a students U1 to U3 years. Additionally, students choose a thematic area ("Domain") built on courses offered through disciplines, departments and faculties across the university. The Domains offered vary according to the Faculty of Admission.
The MSE offers six undergraduate degree programs:
- B.Sc. Major Environment for students in the Faculty of Science (offered on the Downtown Campus)
- B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment for students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (offered on the Macdonald Campus)
- B.A. Faculty Program Environment for students in the Faculty of Arts (offered on the Downtown Campus)
- B.A.&Sc. Interfaculty Program Environment for students in the Bachelor of Arts & Science degree (offered on the Downtown Campus)
- B.A.&Sc. Interfaculty Program Sustainability, Science and Society for students in the Bachelor of Arts & Science degree (offered on the Downtown Campus)
- Diploma in Environment (offered through the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts (Downtown Campus); and the Faculty of Ag.Env.Sc. (Macdonald Campus)
In addition, an Environment Honours program is available to students in all Environment Bachelors degree programs.
Students in other Departments and Programs can undertake an Environment Minor or Minor Concentration.