Environmental Biology

Bee on orange flower surrounded by other flowers

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 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); 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.

Unique Courses

  • Climate Change Biology
  • Pesticides and the Environment
  • Life Strategies of Plants
  • Agroforestry Systems
  • Soil Management
  • Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Arborist
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Plant and Soil Health Advisor
  • Reclamation Specialist
  • Viticulturist
  • Entomologist

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Kelly Evans standing in front of the Summerlee Science Complex.

"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.

Read the rest of  Kelly's profile here.

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.

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Find your

Pursue your passions by joining one of U of G's clubs, like the Outdoors Club, which organizes outdoor wilderness trips year-round.

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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!

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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: