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 Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Ontario students applying for the Bachelor of Science – Environmental Biology program require 4U English; Advanced Functions; 2 courses from 4U Biology, Chemistry and Physics; 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. To be best prepared for semester one of the program, all applicants are advised to include 4U Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Full information on admission requirements can be found here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c04/index.shtml

How to Apply

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
  • Arts or Social Science elective

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II
  • One of: Introduction to Computing; Introduction to Programming; Elements of Calculus II; Statistics I
  • Arts or social science elective

For full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, check out the undergraduate calendar here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c10/c10bsc-envb.shtml

Life as an Environmental Biology 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:  

Career Opportunities

  • Forest microbiologist
  • Plant pathologist
  • Entomologist