The Environmental Biology major, offered as part of the Bachelor of Science degree program, emphasizes biological diversity at the molecular, population, community and biosphere levels. You will become familiar with how organisms, such as plants, insects, fungi and bacteria, interact with the physical environment (water and soils) and respond to human activities.
Methods of measuring and monitoring the impact of human activities on natural and agricultural ecosystems will be presented. To counter negative impacts, solutions, such as bioremediation of effluent, waste management, restoration of stream quality, and agroforestry will be applied. Upon graduation, you will have an awareness of the social and economic implications of environmental bio-sciences and be prepared to initiate solutions for a diversity of environmental problems.
This program is offered and administered by the School of Environmental Sciences.
Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U); completion of all three is highly recommended, 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.
- Climate Change Biology
- Pesticides and the Environment
- Life Strategies of Plants
- Agroforestry Systems
- Soil Management
- Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology
- Pest Control Technician
- Plant and Soil Health Advisor
- Reclamation Specialist
What Students are Saying
Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here:
"I love how flexible this program is! Whether it be biodiversity, conservation, or ecotoxicology this program allows you to learn it all."-Kelly Evans, environmental biology student.
Learn About the Perks
The world is your classroom.
U of G’s campus is home to the Arboretum, which is 400 acres of gardens, trails, native plants and wildlife, that will be explored for your classes and labs.
Pursue your passions by joining one of U of G's clubs, like the Outdoors Club, which organizes outdoor wilderness trips year-round.
Access funding support.
OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!
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:
- OAC frequently asked questions
- Submit your questions to OAC program experts
- Book a virtual one-on-one meeting with Christine, OAC Liasion Officer