X. Degree Programs

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

Environmental Sciences (ENVS)

School of Environmental Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College

This major combines a foundation in the breadth of environmental science while giving students practical experience in integrating the basic science in environmental problem solving. The integration of biophysical sciences with real-world applications provides students with a unique skill set for engaging with current and future environmental issues. The many opportunities in the major for experiential learning and independent research give students an ability to collect, analyze and interpret environmental data, and propose solutions that account for both the biophysical science and the socio-economic context. The second year core curriculum develops a cross-disciplinary understanding of the biophysical environment, while the third and fourth years allow students to engage more deeply with issues of interest to them. Students will graduate from this major ready to address diverse problems such as pollinator conservation, soil and water conservation, greenhouse gas mitigation, plant disease management and chemical movement in the environment. It provides a solid background for careers in environmental protection, resource management and research, in both the public and private sectors.


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
ENVS*2030 [0.50] Meteorology and Climatology
ENVS*2060 [0.50] Soil Science
ENVS*2240 [0.50] Fundamentals of Environmental Geology
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4
BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
ENVS*2080 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
ENVS*2310 [0.50] Introduction to Biogeochemistry
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 5
One of:
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Students wishing to register in BIOL*4350 must substitute BIOL*3450 in Semester 5 for ENVS*3150 in Semester 6.
Semester 6
ENVS*3150 [0.50] Aquatic Systems
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
ENVS*4001 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
ENVS*4002 [0.50] Project in Environmental Sciences
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

Students must take a total of 6.50 restricted elective credits as prescribed by the following lists.

Students must take 0.50 credits from each of List A & B

List A

One of:
ENVS*2330 [0.50] Current Issues in Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
ENVS*2040 [0.50] Plant Health and the Environment

List B

One of:
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1300 [0.50] Fundamentals of Physics

Students lacking 4U Physics or equivalent must take PHYS*1300.

Students are required to choose a minimum of 5.50 credits from Lists C, D, E, and F. Students must take a minimum of 1.50 credits from List C, a minimum of 1.00 credits from List D, and students may not count more than 1.00 credits from List F towards their restricted electives. Students should note that many restricted electives, particularly in List D, require other courses as prerequisites. Students should consult the most recent Undergraduate Calendar for specific requirements.

List C

Students must take a minimum of 1.50 credits from the following list:

BIOL*3130 [0.50] Conservation Biology
CHEM*3360 [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
ENVS*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
ENVS*2210 [0.50] Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology
ENVS*2230 [0.50] Communications in Environmental Science
ENVS*3000 [0.50] Nature Interpretation
ENVS*3010 [0.50] Climate Change Biology
ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
ENVS*3040 [0.50] Natural Chemicals in the Environment
ENVS*3050 [0.50] Microclimatology
ENVS*3060 [0.50] Groundwater
ENVS*3080 [0.50] Soil and Water Conservation
ENVS*3090 [0.50] Insect Diversity and Biology
ENVS*3180 [0.50] Sedimentary Environments
ENVS*3210 [0.50] Plant Pathology
ENVS*3220 [0.50] Terrestrial Chemistry
ENVS*3230 [0.50] Agroforestry Systems
ENVS*3250 [0.50] Forest Health and Disease
ENVS*3270 [0.50] Forest Biodiversity
ENVS*3290 [0.50] Waterborne Disease Ecology
ENVS*3300 [0.50] Introduction to Controlled Environment Systems
ENVS*3310 [0.50] Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
ENVS*3340 [0.50] Environmental Data Analysis
ENVS*3370 [0.50] Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
MICR*3220 [0.50] Plant Microbiology
TOX*2000 [0.50] Principles of Toxicology

List D

Students must take a minimum of 1.00 credits from the following list:

BIOL*4350 [0.50] Limnology of Natural and Polluted Waters
ENVS*4000 [0.50] Toxicological Risk Assessment
ENVS*4030 [0.50] Ecohydrology
ENVS*4070 [0.50] Pollinator Conservation
ENVS*4090 [0.50] Soil Management
ENVS*4100 [0.50] Integrated Management of Invasive Insect Pests
ENVS*4160 [0.50] Soil and Nutrient Management
ENVS*4180 [0.50] Insecticide Biological Activity and Resistance
ENVS*4190 [0.50] Biological Activity of Herbicides
ENVS*4210 [0.50] Meteorological and Environmental Instrumentation
ENVS*4230 [0.50] Biology of Aquatic Insects
ENVS*4260 [0.50] Field Entomology
ENVS*4320 [1.00] Laboratory and Field Methods in Soil Biodiversity
ENVS*4350 [0.50] Forest Ecology
ENVS*4360 [0.50] Glacial Environments
ENVS*4370 [0.50] Natural and Anthropogenic Compounds in the Environment
ENVS*4390 [1.00] Soil Variability and Land Evaluation
PBIO*4290 [0.50] Cannabis Production
PBIO*4530 [0.50] Plants and Environmental Pollution

List E

ENVS*4410 [0.50] Introduction to Advanced Independent Research
ENVS*4420 [0.50] Advanced Independent Research
ENVS*4430 [1.00] Advanced Independent Research
ENVS*4510 [0.50] Topics in Environmental Sciences

List F

Students may count up to 1.00 credits from the following list towards their 6.50 credit restricted electives.

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
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

7.00 credits - Environmental Sciences core

4.50 credits - Required Courses for the Major

5.50 credits - Restricted Electives

3.00 credits - Free electives

Students are encouraged to seek advice from their faculty advisor and are reminded that 6.00 credits of their B.Sc.(Env.) degree must be at the 3000-4000 level. With prior approval, students may be able to use courses not on Lists C, D, E, or F toward their restricted electives

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