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

Environment and Resource Management (ERM)

Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

The major focuses on environmental interactions and problem solving by developing an integrated biophysical environment - human environment perspective. In ERM, students will gain knowledge across the natural sciences, an understanding of how they interact, the skills (tools and techniques) needed to support decision making, as well as the methods of management and governance that are critical for environmental decision making. Beginning in first year students learn in the classroom and through hands-on work in labs and in the field. Students are expected to design and conduct experiments and problem solve using state-of-the-art computing and analytical tools. This major provides the knowledge, skills and methods an environmental scientist requires as environmental consultant, environmental manager, environmental and/or resource planner, geographic information systems analyst or to facilitate future graduate work.


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
GEOG*2000 [0.50] Geomorphology
GEOG*2460 [0.50] Analysis in Geography
One of:
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
1.00 electives
Semester 4
ENVS*2340 [0.50] Current Issues in Agriculture and Landscape Management
GEOG*2110 [0.50] Climate and the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources
GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: ENVS*2120 may be substituted for ENVS*2340 and could be taken in Semester 5.
Semester 5
GEOG*3000 [0.50] Fluvial Processes
GEOG*3110 [0.50] Biotic and Natural Resources
GEOG*3210 [0.50] Management of the Biophysical Environment
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Note: GEOG*3610 may be substituted for GEOG*3000 and would be taken in Semester 6.
Semester 6
GEOG*3480 [0.50] GIS and Spatial Analysis
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
GEOG*4110 [1.00] Environmental Systems Analysis
GEOG*4210 [0.50] Environmental Governance
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives
1.A minimum of 2 of the following courses:
ENVS*4390 [1.00] Soil Variability and Land Evaluation
GEOG*4220 [0.50] Local Environmental Management
GEOG*4230 [0.50] Environmental Impact Assessment

2. An additional 1.00 credits in Geography (GEOG) at the 3000 level or higher.

Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

7.00 credits - Environmental Sciences core

6.00 credits - Environment and Resource Management Required courses

2.00 - 2.50 credits - Environment and Resource Management Restricted electives, depending on course selection

4.00 - 4.50 credits - Free electives, depending on course selection

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.

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