X. Degree Programs

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

Environment and Resource Management (ERM:C)

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.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Environment and Resource Management is a four and a half year program including four work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term, and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Environment and Resource Management Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2


2 Academic Semester 3

COOP*1000 Work Term I

Academic Semester 4

3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 Academic Semester 8 N/A N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (21.50 Total Credits)*

7.00 - Environmental Sciences core

6.00 - Environment and Resource Management Required courses

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

4.00 - 4.50 - Free electives, depending on course selection

1.50 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *COOP*4000 is optional and if completed the total number of credits will equal 22.00.

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.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.


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
ENVS*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
GEOG*2000 [0.50] Geomorphology
GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Note: FARE*2700 may be substituted for ECON*2100 and may be taken in Semester 3 or 6, GEOG*2460 may be substituted for STAT*2040 and may be taken in Semester 3 or 6.
Winter Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 4 - Summer
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
GEOG*2110 [0.50] Climate and the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*3480 [0.50] GIS and Spatial Analysis
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
GEOG*3000 [0.50] Fluvial Processes
GEOG*3110 [0.50] Biotic and Natural Resources
GEOG*3210 [0.50] Management of the Biophysical Environment
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: GEOG*3610 may be substituted for GEOG*3000 and would be taken in Semester 6.
Semester 7 - Winter
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester (Optional)
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
GEOG*4110 [1.00] Environmental Systems Analysis
GEOG*4210 [0.50] Environmental Governance
1.00 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.

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

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