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

Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences degree program! We are excited to welcome you to the University of Guelph.


Picking your courses for Semester 1 (Fall 2024):

As a B.Sc.(Env.) student in Semester 1 you will select four courses (2.50 credits). The courses you should select are listed below:

  • ENVS*1030 Introduction to Environmental Sciences. This course is worth 1.00 credits and is your core introductory environmental science course.
  • BIOL*1070 Discovering Biodiversity. If you do not have high school biology, please consult your Program Counsellor (contact information below).
  • MATH*1080 Elements of Calculus I
  • CHEM*1060 Introductory Chemistry for students who do not have grade 12 chemistry.
    CHEM*1040 General Chemistry I for students who do have grade 12 chemistry.

Should you find that all sections of a required course are full, please check the OAC Program Counselling website for announcements and if there is no additional information posted, contact your Program Counsellor (contact information below).


Advising Notes:

  • The common first year of the B.Sc.(Env.) program (regular and co-op) is designed to provide students with the necessary background to select any B.Sc.(Env.) major for your 3rd semester. The above courses make up your first semester of a common first year. There are no electives to take in Semester 1.
  • Pick your courses as soon as possible. Desired sections may fill up quickly.
  • You will use WebAdvisor to pick your courses. Detailed instructions on using WebAdvisor are available in the WebAdvisor Tutorial.
  • As you make your class schedule, ensure there are no conflicts in your timetable.
  • If you are a transfer student with transfer credits, schedule an appointment to meet with the B.Sc.(Env.) Program Counsellor.
  • Co-op students will need to register for COOP*1100 Introduction to Co-operative Education, in Winter semester of first year.
  • For information about the Co-operative Education program, including requirements for students enrolled in Co-op and what to do if you're interested in applying for the program, visit the Co-operative Education page.
  • Review the Schedule of Studies (the order in which you are advised to take courses). Go to the B.Sc.(Env.) degree program section of the Undergraduate Calendar and click the Areas of Study tab and then click on your potential major (you will choose from four majors). Here you will find each major laid out by semester, with listings of courses that are available for selection throughout your studies.

Course Selection Tips:

  • Select courses that are more limiting (e.g., courses which have one lecture time) first and build your schedule around those times.

For additional information and program counselling please contact:

Carie Devitt
B.Sc.(Env.) Program Counsellor