Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences: Environmental Economics and Policy

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
Explore and develop a deep understanding of how social coordination of human actions impacts the environment. In this program you will learn to develop environmental policy and to evaluate the interaction between environmental values and other values and goals in contemporary society. Discover how laws, liability rules, property rights, pollution taxes, subsidies, marketable pollution permits and direct controls and standards can be used to influence environmental impacts.

What’s Unique? The program uniquely empowers students to address policy issues related to the environment through the practical application of economic theory and methods. Students develop an appropriate skill set for both postgraduate studies and professional career paths.

Co-op? Is available.

Learning Beyond the Classroom
How the Learning Unfolds

1st year:

2nd year:

3rd year:

4th year:

Building the science foundation and linking law and economics:

calculus, biology, chemistry, introduction to environmental sciences, economics

Intermediate and applied economics, introduction to empirical methods: 

natural resource economics, mathematical economics and statistics

Getting into applied research and preparing career choices: 

empirical research methods, cost-benefit analysis of public policy; 7 out of 10 courses are electives

Diving deeper into economic analysis and independent research:

land economics, resource economics, two project courses in environmental science

Elective options allow students to explore specific areas of interest, such as quantitative methods, policy analysis, remote sensing, earth sciences, ecology. See the Undergraduate Calendar for more information.

Unique Courses
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biophysical Environment
  • Environmental Economics, Law and Policy
  • Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Project in Environmental Sciences
Admission Requirements

Ontario students applying to the program require 4U English; Advanced Functions; two courses from 4U Biology, Chemistry and Physics; two additional 4U or 4M courses. To be best prepared for semester one, all applicants are advised to include 4U Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

What students are saying

Link to the Ontario Agricultural College website.

Who to contact for specific questions about the degree

Please contact the department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator. (Link to the Department’s contacts page)

Financing Your Education

Alumni, friends and partners of OAC support scholarships and awards each year for new and in-course students. The University of Guelph also provides a variety of scholarships and bursaries for deserving students. (Link to Student Finance at UofG)