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Environmental Sciences Major

Environmental Sciences

Admission Requirements

Unpack Earth’s Environmental Processes

 Help Solve Contemporary Environmental Issues

Solve our most complex environmental problems related to water, air and land use, while engaging in courses that focus on scientific principles and human impact.

 Go Beyond the Classroom

Access experiential learning and independent research opportunities and collect, analyze and interpret environmental data, and propose solutions that account for both the biophysical science and the socio-economic context.

 Build Your Career Foundation

Graduate from the ENVS major ready to address diverse problems such as pollinator conservation, soil and water conservation, greenhouse gas mitigation, plant disease management and chemical movement in the environment.

Why Environmental Sciences?

Environmental Sciences looks at the big picture to determine the chemical, physical, and biological processes that happen in the world around us, as well as how to propose solutions for better environments.

Students in the Environmental Sciences (ENVS) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Environment Management, Environmental Governance, 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
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Soil Science
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Geology
Semester 4
  • Ecology
  • Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
  • Introduction to Biogeochemistry
  • Statistics I

Semester 5
  • Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
  • Survey of Natural Resource Economics
  • Environment and Resources
Semester 6
  • Aquatic Systems

Semester 7
  • Project in Environmental Sciences
Semester 8
  • Project in Environmental Sciences

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Co-op program in ENVS 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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