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Environmental Sciences Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

The University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (B.Sc.(Env.)) is a unique interdisciplinary program which integrates the sciences and social sciences and builds skills in communication, management, and decision-making. Students within the program learn and practice a well-rounded approach to addressing environmental problems. In this program, students gain the skills and expertise needed to solve the complex environmental problems that the government, industry, the private sector, and society are currently addressing.

University of Guelph Advantage

To become competent environmental scientists, students follow a unique curriculum. Their common first year provides a firm foundation in science before students branch out into their chosen area of expertise or major.

As they complete their first year, students select a major to focus their studies. Students do not begin their first work term until they have completed 1.5 years of study and have mastered the core competencies needed to be successful in their work terms. During their academic career, students build academic expertise examining the scientific, economic, political, legislative and philosophical aspects of environmental problem solving. Environmental Sciences students work in environmentally related positions in the government and private sectors. They may conduct research in a variety of disciplines; perform environmental assessments or land evaluations; or contribute to large environmental projects.

Student Strengths

 Policy and Decision-Making

Management and decision-making skills for the application of scientific knowledge to environmental problems, and the evaluation of appropriate environmental policies.

 Comprehensive Understanding

In-depth knowledge of a chosen scientific area combined with broad understanding of various disciplines and their effect on environmental issues.


Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Environmental Sciences Co-op Work Term Schedule








Environmental Sciences Course Sequencing

Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Elements of Calculus I


  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Introduction to Environmental Economics, Law and Policy
  • Introduction to the Biophysical Environment


  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Soil Science
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Geology
  • 2 electives/restricted electives


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • Statistics I
  • Ecology
  • One of:
    • Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
    • Survey of Natural Resource Economics
    • Environment and Resources
  • 2 electives/restricted electives


  • Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
  • Introduction to Biogeochemistry
  • 3 electives/restricted electives


Work Term Three


Work Term Four


  • Aquatic Systems
  • 4 electives/restricted electives


  • Project in Environmental Sciences
  • 4 electives/restricted electives


  • Project in Environmental Sciences
  • 4 electives/restricted electives


See Undergraduate Calendar for list of Restricted Electives.