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Environmental Science Program

BSc. Honours Environmental Science Degree Requirements  
(with or without Thesis) 

Total courses: forty 

Required courses: 18 (with Thesis) or 20 (without Thesis) (* are major requirements): 

  • ESCI-1100 – Introduction to Environmental Science* 
  • ESCI-1111 – Introduction to Earth Science
  • ESCI-2101 – Earth Materials*
  • ESCI-2121 – Principles and Applications of GIS*
  • ESCI-2131 – Introduction to Geochemistry*
  • ESCI-2141 – Hydrology*
  • ESCI-2210 – Introduction to Climate Change*
  • ESCI-2421 – Soils and Sediments*
  • ESCI-3735 – Field Methods in Environmental Science*
  • ESCI-3801 – Scientific Writing and Data Management
  • ESCI-4900 –  Thesis Research in Environmental Science (2 credits)(required in program with Thesis)
  • BIOL-1101 – Cell Biology 
  • BIOL-1111 – Biological Diversity
  • BIOL-2070* – Introductory Microbiology*
  • BIOL-2101* – Ecology*
  • CHEM-1100 – General Chemistry I 
  • CHEM-1110 – General Chemistry II 
  • MATH-1720 – Differential Calculus^ 
  • STAT-2910 – Statistics for the Sciences 
    ^ MATH-1760 – Functions and Differential Calculus: alternative course if Ontario Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) has not been taken. 

Major Electives: 10 (without Thesis) or 8 (with Thesis) courses from: 

  • ESCI-1130 – Atmosphere and Climate
  • ESCI-2401 – Environmental Geomorphology
  • ESCI-3301 – Hydrogeology
  • ESCI-3400 – Environmental Sedimentology
  • ESCI-3701 – Spatial Modelling in GIS
  • ESCI-3711 – Principles of Instrumental Analysis
  • ESCI-3721 – Environmental Geophysics
  • ESCI-3751 – Environmental Geochemistry
  • ESCI-4301 – Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ESCI-4500 – Ecosystem Health
  • ESCI-4600 – Resource Development & Environmental Impact
  • ESCI-4701 – Remote Sensing 
  • ESCI-4710 – Environmental Site Assessment 
  • ESCI-4721 – Biogeochemistry
  • BIOL-3250 – Community and Population Ecology
  • BIOL-3281 – Plant Ecology
  • BIOL-4232 – Pollution Ecology 
  • BIOL-4270 – Conservation Biology 
  • BIOL-4241 – Stream Ecology
  • BIOL-4280 – Limnology 
  • BIOL-4864 – Great Lakes Field Biology  

General Electives: 12 additional courses: 

Minimum four courses from Faculty of Science 
Minimum two courses from outside Faculty of Science 

  • Can be from major electives list 
  • Study Abroad/Global Perspectives in Science 
  • Internship/Service Learning/Undergraduate Research Experience