Environment and Resource Management Major

Environment and Resource Management (ERM)

Admission Requirements

Develop Solutions to Today’s Environmental Challenges

 Balance Your Skillset

Balance biophysical sciences with social sciences to develop effective solutions to today’s environmental challenges and implement them through sound management and governance.

 Explore Tech Used in the Field

Learn and master Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing theory and techniques so you can evaluate complex problems and come up with meaningful solutions.

 Go Beyond the Classroom

You’ll learn in lectures, labs and in the field. Labs allow students to design and conduct experiments and problem solve using state-of-the-art computing and analytical tools. Training in field research begins as early as the first year.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Environment and Resource Management?

Environment and Resource Management graduates are pursuing exciting careers across Canada and around the world in consulting firms, government agencies, and non-government organizations.

Here are just a few careers our ERM program graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Community land use consultant
  • Environmental or resource consultant
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Conservation manager
  • GIS technician

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Why Environment and Resource Management?

As an Environment and Resource Management student, you will gain technical skills fundamental to managing the biophysical environment. Learn about remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) and effective data collection. Then hone your ability to analyze, interpret and present this information to the people, companies, governments and organizations who interact with and impact the environment most.

Students in the Environment and Resource Management (ERM) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Environmental Management, Environmental Governance, Environmental Sciences, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

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
  • Introduction to Environmental Economics, Law and Policy
  • Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
Semester 3
  • Economic Growth and Environmental Quality or Survey of Natural Resource Economics
  • Geomorphology
  • Analysis in Geography
Semester 4
  • Climate and the Biophysical Environment
  • Environment and Resources
  • Mapping and GIS
Semester 5
  • Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
  • Fluvial Processes
  • Biogeography
  • Indigenous-Settler Relationships in Environmental Governance
Semester 6
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
Semester 7
  • Project in Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Environmental Governance
Semester 8
  • Project in Environmental Sciences

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Co-op program in Environment and Resource Management is a five-year program including four work terms, providing opportunities to work with a wide variety of employers. Co-op is designed to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career improving students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, and boosting resume experience.

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In 2021, more than $42.7 million in scholarships was awarded to U of G students. In addition to general U of G awards, Environment and Resource Management students have access to 115 awards worth $250,000+.

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