X. Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences [B.Sc.(Env.)]
Objectives of the Program
The Environmental Sciences program is designed to provide a strong interdisciplinary grounding in specific environmental sciences including the socioeconomic context in which environmental issues are resolved.
There is an emphasis on management and decision-making skills for the application of scientific knowledge to environmental problems, and the evaluation of appropriate environmental policies. A practical problem solving perspective is central to the program, and this is often done in the context of group work.
Substantial emphasis is placed on communication skills, including the development of both good writing ability and oral communication ability. This is emphasized particularly in the Environmental Sciences core courses, starting in first year, and running through to fourth year. Students in the final years of their program will be expected to take part in more intensive communication skill development.
Graduates will seek employment in a range of fields, from government agencies to private industry and research.
General information on the degree program is available from the Program Counsellor, Faculty of Environmental Sciences. Advising for each major is available through the assigned faculty advisor responsible for the major. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of the faculty advisors when choosing restricted electives and planning course selections.
The degree granted for the successful completion of this honours program will be the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences--B.Sc.(Env.).
Continuation of Study
Students are advised to consult the regulations for Continuation of Study in Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures of this Calendar.
Conditions for Graduation
In order to qualify for graduation from the B.Sc.(Env.) program, the student must have completed successfully the stated course requirements for the program.
Environmental Sciences (Co-op)
Office of the Associate Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences.
A 5-year Honours Program in Environmental Sciences is offered as a Co-operative Education Program. This option is offered within the B.Sc. (Env.) degree and is available to all majors. The program requirements are the same as those listed for the regular B.Sc. (Env.) program, by the Co-operative Education Program and as outlined in the Continuation of Study policy (Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures).
3 co-op work terms (COOP*1000, COOP*2000, COOP*3000) are required. An optional 4th co-op work term (COOP*4000) is available. COOP*1100 must be completed during the semester preceding COOP*1000 (ie. in semester 2 ).
Since some of the program requirements in the degree program (core, major, area of emphasis) are not offered each semester, careful planning and program consultation with the Faculty Co-op Advisor is essential. In particular, students are encouraged to seek advice when choosing for their Summer academic semester.
The Environmental Sciences Program
The degree in Environmental Sciences consists of 20.00 credits, as follows:
Within these courses, students must include at least 6.00 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, and no program may include more than 7.00 credits at the 1000 level.
Please note that not all courses in the "One of:" options are available each semester (F, W, S). Students are encouraged to seek advice from the appropriate advisor when selecting and scheduling courses.
First Year Curriculum
The first year courses have been selected to provide students with sufficient background and knowledge to enter any one of the Environmental Sciences majors.
Environmental Sciences Core
In addition to the common first year curriculum, students are required to take the following core Environmental Sciences courses in the semesters recommended below:
Environmental Sciences Majors
Earth and Atmospheric Science
Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Natural Resources Management
Requirements for each of these majors are described in the detailed schedules of studies below.
Area of Emphasis Requirements
All students must choose an area of emphasis consisting of a minimum of 2.50 credits in a particular topic area. These are listed after "Schedules of Studies". The sequence of courses normally begins in third year. With the approval of the Program Counsellor, students may develop their own area of emphasis. All areas of emphasis must be approved by the Program Counsellor. Students should note that entry to certain areas of emphasis is restricted by the student's choice of major. Thus program approval should be gained before registering in courses to count towards their area of emphasis.