X. Degree Programs

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

Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP)

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
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
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
FARE*1040 [1.00] Intro to Environmental Economics, Law & Policy
GEOG*1300 [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
Semester 3
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
Semester 4
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
ECON*2770 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
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
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
Note: STAT*2040 may be substituted for ECON*2740.
Semester 5
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*3710 [0.50] Advanced Microeconomics
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
FARE*4290 [0.50] Land Economics
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: FARE*4290 is taught in even-numbered years.
Note: Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Economics should take the following courses: ECON*3810, ECON*4710, ECON*4810 and ECON*4640.
Semester 6
2.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
ECON*4930 [0.50] Environmental Economics
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
1.00 restricted electives or 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 some 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
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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1