X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences [B.Sc.(Env.)]

Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP:C)

Department of Economics, College of Management and Economics

Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ontario Agricultural College

This major provides the foundation for applying science and economics to environmental issues to produce effective environmental policy. Students gain an understanding of the policy tools and market mechanisms for managing our natural resources effectively. Knowledge and skills learned in this major will enable students to identify, prioritize and solve environmental problems by integrating both scientific and economic realities. Equipped with the ability to look at current topics from the perspectives of economics, politics and environmental sciences, students have a number of interesting career opportunities in the public and private sectors. At the same time, the major fully prepares students to move onto graduate programs.


Semester 1 - Fall
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
ENVS*1030 [1.00] Introduction to Environmental Sciences
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
Semester 2 - Winter
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
FARE*1040 [1.00] Intro to Environmental Economics, Law & Policy
GEOG*1300 [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
Semester 3 - Fall
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ENVS*2330 [0.50] Current Issues in Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
One of:
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
ENVS*1050 [0.50] Geology and the Environment
ENVS*2110 [0.50] Earth Material Science
ENVS*2310 [0.50] Current Issues in Earth Surface Processes
GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Introductory Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
TOX*2000 [0.50] Principles of Toxicology
Winter Semester
COOP*1000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 4 - Summer
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2770 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: ECON*2740 may be substituted for STAT*2040.
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis
One of:
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
ENVS*2320 [0.50] Current Issues in Microbial and Molecular Science
ENVS*2340 [0.50] Current Issues in Agriculture and Landscape Mgmt
ENVS*3150 [0.50] Aquatic Systems
GEOG*2110 [0.50] Climate and the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Introductory Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1130 [0.50] Physics with Applications
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Note: Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Economics should take the following courses: ECON*3810, ECON*4710, ECON*4810 and ECON*4640.
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
ECON*3710 [0.50] Advanced Microeconomics
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
FARE*4290 [0.50] Land Economics
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Note: FARE*4290 is taught in even-numbered years.
Semester 7 - Winter
ECON*4930 [0.50] Environmental Economics
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester (Optional)
COOP*4000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
2.50 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

Students in the Environmental Economics and Policy major are required to choose 2.50 additional credits from Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE*XXXX) or Economics (ECON*XXXX) at the 3000 or 4000 level. Students must also take 5.00 additional credits in science courses. A list of acceptable science courses, which includes ECON and FARE courses to simultaneously meet the additional FARE and ECON restricted electives, is available at http://www.bsc.uoguelph.ca/Approved_electives.shtml.

Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

7.00 credits - Environmental Sciences core

6.00 credits - Environmental Economics and Policy required courses

5.00 credits - Environmental Economics and Policy restricted electives

2.00 credits - Free electives

Students are reminded that 6.00 credits of their B.Sc. (Env.) degree must be at the 3000-4000 level.

Students are encouraged to seek advice on their choices from their faculty advisor. With prior approval, students may be able to use courses not on these lists towards their Environmental Economics and Policy restrictive electives.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1