X. Degree Programs

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

Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP)

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 theories and data. 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, private and NGO sectors. At the same time, the major fully prepares students to move onto professional and research 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
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2770 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
One of:
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: Students interested in the Statistics and Environmental Risk Assessment sequence in their restricted electives should choose STAT*2040 to satisfy the statistics requirement in the ENVS core.
Semester 5
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6
FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
ECON*4930 [0.50] Environmental Economics
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
FARE*4290 [0.50] Land Economics
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
1.50 restricted electives or electives
Restricted Electives

Students in the Environmental Economics and Policy major are required to complete 6.00 credits in restricted electives. 2.50 restricted elective credits must be in FARE or ECON courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Courses in the following lists may be taken to satisfy the restricted electives requirement. Courses are grouped to assist students select programs of study aimed at different educational and career paths.

List A

Students must select a minimum of 2.50 credits from the following lists:

  1. Quantitative Methods, Research and Graduate Studies

    ECON*3100 [0.50] Game Theory
    ECON*3710 [0.50] Advanced Microeconomics
    ECON*4640 [0.50] Applied Econometrics I
    ECON*4700 [0.50] Advanced Mathematical Economics
    ECON*4710 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
    ECON*4750 [0.50] Topics in Public Economics
    ECON*4840 [0.50] Applied Econometrics II
    FARE*4500 [0.50] Decision Science
    FARE*4550 [0.50] Independent Studies I
    FARE*4560 [0.50] Independent Studies II
  2. Policy Analysis

    ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
    ECON*3500 [0.50] Urban Economics
    ECON*3580 [0.50] Economics of Regulation
    ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
    ECON*3620 [0.50] International Trade
    ECON*4830 [0.50] Economic Development
    ECON*4880 [0.50] Topics in International Economics
    EDRD*2650 [0.50] Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law
    FARE*2410 [0.50] Agrifood Markets and Policy
    FARE*3250 [0.50] Food and International Development
    FARE*4000 [0.50] Agricultural and Food Policy
    FARE*4210 [0.50] World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
    FARE*4550 [0.50] Independent Studies I
    FARE*4560 [0.50] Independent Studies II
    POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance
List B

Students must select a minimum of 1.00 credits from the following lists:

  1. Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

    GEOG*2420 [0.50] The Earth From Space
    GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
    GEOG*3420 [0.50] Remote Sensing of the Environment
    GEOG*3480 [0.50] GIS and Spatial Analysis
    GEOG*4480 [1.00] Applied Geomatics

  2. Statistics and Environmental Risk Assessment

    STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
    STAT*3510 [0.50] Environmental Risk Assessment

    Note: Students interested in this sequence should take STAT*2040 rather than ECON*2740 to satisfy the statistics requirement in the ENVS core.

  3. Earth Sciences

    ENVS*2030 [0.50] Meteorology and Climatology
    ENVS*2060 [0.50] Soil Science
    ENVS*2310 [0.50] Earth Surface Processes
    ENVS*3060 [0.50] Groundwater
  4. Ecology and Conservation Biology

    BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
    BIOL*3060 [0.50] Populations, Communities & Ecosystems
    BIOL*3130 [0.50] Conservation Biology
    BIOL*4150 [0.50] Wildlife Conservation and Management
    BIOL*4500 [0.50] Natural Resource Policy Analysis
    ENVS*2330 [0.50] Current Issues in Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
  5. Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry

    ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
    ENVS*3040 [0.50] Natural Chemicals in the Environment
    ENVS*3220 [0.50] Terrestrial Chemistry
    TOX*2000 [0.50] Principles of Toxicology
    TOX*3360 [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

7.00 credits - Environmental Sciences core

5.00 credits - Environmental Economics and Policy required courses

6.00 credits - Environmental Economics and Policy restricted electives

2.00 credits - Free electives

Students are encouraged to seek advice on their choices from their faculty advisor. Students are reminded that 6.00 credits of their B.Sc. (Env.) degree must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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