Environment and Resource Management

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In Environment and Resource Management (ERM), you will gain skills across the natural sciences, an understanding of how they interact, the tools and techniques needed to support decision making, and the methods of management and governance that are used in environmental decision-making. Courses include Environment and Resources, Geomorphology, Environmental Hydrology, and Environmental Governance.

As a student in this major, you will gain technical skills fundamental to management of the biophysical environment, such as remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), effective data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information - skills that are a valuable asset in the world of work.

This program is offered and administered by the Department of Geography within the College of Social and Applied Human SciencesProgram format: on-campus, in-person.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U), and 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Intro to Environmental Economics, Law & Policy
  • Introduction to the Biophysical Environment

Full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Life as an ERM Student

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Read about student experiences through the following student profiles:  

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Rav Singh:

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"I work with different communities who face oppression and/or marginalization from our climate and food systems. I work with them to build sustainable food systems that are rooted in justice and sovereignty, and not threatened by climate change."-Rav Singh, Food and Climate Justice Entrepreneur

Read the rest of Rav's profile here.

Career Opportunities

  • Community land use planner
  • Planning design coordinator
  • Geographic Information Systems analyst
  • Environmental consultant


Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Check out the following pages to learn more: