Program description

The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) is offered only at the Grenfell Campus. Students enrolled in this degree program are required to complete 120 credit hours, usually over a four year course of study. The degree offers two streams, biology and chemistry, and can be completed as either a general degree or an honours degree.

Below is a summary of the program; the full regulations can be found in the University Calendar.


Environmental Science core courses – all ENVS majors take these

Core concepts in key disciplines

  • Biology 1001 – Principles of Biology I
  • Biology 1001 – Principles of Biology II
  • Biology 2600 – Principles of Ecology
  • Chemistry 1200 – General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 1001 – General Chemsitry II
  • Earth Sciences 1000 – Earth Systems
  • Mathematics 1000 – Calculus I
  • Physics 1020 or 1050 – Introductory or General Physics I
  • Statistics 2550 – Statistics for Science Students

Core ENVS concepts

  • Environmental Science 2000 – Sampling Methods
  • Environmental Science 3000 – Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental Science 4000 – Seminar
  • Environmental Science 4950 – Research Project
  • Interdisciplinary courses – all ENVS majors choose from the same lists

Broaden your outlook by choosing a course from among Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

Follow your interests within a selection of upper year courses, such as:

  • Geological Hazards & Natural Disasters
  • Energy & the Environment
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Comparative Marine Environments
  • Fundamentals of Soil Systems
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Hydrology

… and more.


Choose your stream – Biology or Chemistry focused courses

Biology stream

Chemistry stream

If your focus is Biology, you will take courses such as Biology of Plants, Biology of Invertebrates, Freshwater Ecology, and Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems, and take a summer field course.

If your focus is Chemistry, you will take courses such as Introductory Organic Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, and Aquatic Chemistry.

Go even deeper – Honours

If you meet certain academic requirements, you can complete your BSc in Environmental Science as an Honours degree. You will complete a research project, write a thesis, and take additional courses in Environmental Science at the 4000 level in place of some electives.


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