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Environmental Studies Program

Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) Degree Requirements 

Total courses: forty 

Required courses: 22 (* are major requirements): 

  • ESTU-1100 – Introduction to Environmental Studies*
  • ESTU-2100 – Canadian Regional Environments* 
  • ESCI-1100 – Introduction to Environmental Science*
  • ESCI-1130 – Atmosphere and Climate*
  • ESCI-1120 – Introduction to Geomorphology* 
  • ESCI-2010 – Geology and the Environment*
  • ESCI-2111 – Intro. to Aerial Photography & Cartography*
  • ESCI-2121 – Fundamentals of GIS* 
  • ESCI-2600 – Resource Management* 
  • ESCI-2610 – Environmental Decision Analysis* 
  • ESCI-3601 – Issues in Resource & Environmental Systems* 
  • ESCI-3610 – Environmental Impact Assessment* 
  • POLS-2120 – Environmental Policy and Politics*
  • POLS-2300 – Space, Place and Scale
  • SACR-1100 – Foundations of Social Life
  • SACR-3080 – Intermediate Statistics 
  • LAWS-2180 – Environmental Law 
  • SOSC-2500 – Basic Quantitative Analysis
  • POLS-2490 – Political Economy of Agriculture & Food* [or SACR-3400 – Food & Global Sustainability] 
  • PHIL-2270 – Environmental Ethics* [or PHIL-2280 – Technology, Human Values & Environment] 
  • PHIL 3230 – Human Rights and Global Justice* [or SACR-2270 – Globalization, Development & Social Change] 
  • BIOL-1013 – Organisms and the Environment* [or BIOL-1111 – Biological Diversity] 

Students must also select 8 courses from an Area of Concentration (AoC): 
Resource Management or Environmental Values and Policy

Courses for Area of Concentration – Resource Management – choose 8: 

  • ESTU-4808 – Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ESTU-4900 – Environmental Studies Research Project
  • ESTU-4910 – Environmental Research/Leadership Experience
  • ESCI-1111 – Introduction to Earth Science
  • ESCI-2000 – Science, Technology and Society
  • ESCI-2141 – Hydrology*
  • ESCI-2201 – Climatology*
  • ESCI-2210 – Introduction to Climate Change
  • ESCI-2300 – Introduction to Oceanography
  • ESCI-2401 – Environmental Geomorphology*
  • ESCI-2620 – Environmental Auditing
  • ESCI-2630 – Geology & International Development 
  • ​ESCI-3701 – Environmental Modelling and Decision Analysis*
  • ESCI-3745 – Field Methods for Environmental Studies*
  • ESCI-4701 – Remote Sensing*
  • BIOL-1101 – Cell Biology 
  • BIOL-2080 – Plants and Society
  • CHEM-2300 – Chemistry in the Marketplace
  • PHIL-3290 – Animals and Ethics
  • PHYS-2060 – Physics and Society – The Present
  • POLS-2490 – Political Economy of Agriculture & Food
  • POLS-3350 – Political Geography
  • SACR-3400 – Food & Global Sustainability
  • STEN-1000 – Introduction to Business
  • VSAR-3850 – Green Corridor 

*Three courses must be taken from these selections
If both POLS-2490 and SACR-3400 are taken, one course fulfils a major requirement, the other contributes to the AoC requirement

Courses for Area of Concentration – Environmental Values and Policy – choose 8: 

  • ESTU-4808 – Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ESTU-4900 – Environmental Studies Research Project 
  • ESTU-4910 – Environmental Research/Leadership Experience
  • ESCI-3745 – Field Methods for Environmental Studies 
  • POLS-1600 – Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS-2130 – Public Opinion, Mass Media & Canadian Democracy
  • POLS-2140 – Legal Process in Canada
  • POLS-2200 – Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS-2210 – Canadian Public Administration & Policy
  • POLS-2490 – Political Economy of Agriculture & Food 
  • POLS-3260 – Local Government 
  • POLS-3350 – Political Geography 
  • POLS-3600 – International Conflict & its Resolution
  • POLS-3630 – Principles of International Law  
  • PHIL-2270 – Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL-2280 – Technology, Human Values & Environment
  • PHIL-3290 – Animals and Ethics 
  • PHIL-3300 – Environmental Philosophy 
  • SACR-2270 – Globalization, Development & Social Change
  • SACR-3270 – Social Movements 
  • SACR-3400 – Food & Global Sustainability 
  • SACR-3520 – Citizenship, Rights and Social Justice 
  • STEN-1000 – Introduction to Business 
  • VSAR-3850 – Green Corridor 

If both POLS-2490 and SACR-3400 are taken, one course fulfils a major requirement, the other contributes to the AoC requirement 
If both PHIL-2270 and PHIL-2280 are taken, one course fulfils a major requirement, the other contributes to the AoC requirement 
If both PHIL-3230 and SACR-2270 are taken, one course fulfils a major requirement, the other contributes to the Aoc requirement 

10 additional courses from any area of study: 

  • Can be from area of concentration list 
  • Study Abroad/ Global Perspectives in Science 
  • Internship/Service Learning/Undergraduate Research Experience