Department of Environmental Science

Program Requirements

 

Please note: This information is provided for informational purposes only. Students interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science should consult the Saint Mary's University Academic Calendar for full information on degree requirements. Copies of the Academic Calendar are available onlineThe Academic Calendar is the official document of your degree requirements.

Major in Environmental Science – Suggested Sequence:

Year 1

  • ENVS 1200 Environmental Challenges
  • ENVS 1250 Physical Processes in the Environment. This requirement can also be satisfied by taking either PHYS      1000 and PHYS 1001, or PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1101.
  • Six (6) credit hours in Mathematics and/or Computing Science at the 1210-level or above. Only one of MATH 1250 and CSCI 1226 may be used towards fulfilling this requirement.
  • CHEM 1210 General Chemistry I
  • One of CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213 General Chemistry II (note specific MATH pre-requisites)
  • BIOL 1201 Molecular and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 1202 Organismal and Ecological Biology
  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • GEOG 1200 People, Place and Environment
 

Year 2

  • GEOL 1200 Understanding the Earth
  • GEOL 1201 The Dynamic Earth
  • ENVS 2300 Environmental Science: Populations and Ecosystems
  • ENVS 2310 Environmental Science: Energy, Resources and Pollution
  • One of: GEOG 2313 Geomorphology, GEOG 2333 Biogeography, or GEOG 2343 Weather and Climate
  • ECON 1201 Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECON 3363 Environmental Economics or ECON 3362 Natural Resource Economics
  • Three (3) credit hours from Group A courses
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group B courses
 

Year 3

  • Nine (9) credit hours from Group A courses
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group B course
  • Three (3) credit hours from Group C courses
  • Three (3) credit hours from ENVS 3310-15 Field Courses
  • BIOL 3308 Biostatistics or GEOG 3326 Statistical Methods in Geography or MATH 1216 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • Three (3) credit hours from the Humanities
  • Three (3) credit hours of electives
 

Year 4

  •  ENVS 4499 Environmental Seminar
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group C courses
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from Group C courses at the 4000 level
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives
 

Group A – Courses
Environmental Science Courses:
ENVS 1200 Environmental Challenges
ENVS 1250 Physical Processes in the Environment
ENVS 2100 Green Chemistry
ENVS 2300 Environmental Science: Populations & Ecosystems
ENVS 2310 Environmental Science: Energy, Resources & Pollution
ENVS 2410 Energy and the Environment
ENVS 3340 Principles of Hydrogeology
ENVS 3410 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 3420 Environmental Monitoring and Auditing|
ENVS 3430 Environmental Information Management
ENVS 3440 The Environment and Human Health
ENVS 3450 Aquatic Environments
ENVS 3630 Climate Change
ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy
ENVS 4450 Natural Resource Management
ENVS 4460 Environmental Pattern Analysis and Modeling
ENVS 4470 Environmental Remediation and Restoration
ENVS 4480 Environmental Contaminants

 

Group B - Courses
Environment Related Courses in Economics, Social Sciences, and Humanities:
ANTH 4306 Foraging Adaptation
ECON 3361 Fisheries Economics
ECON 3362 Natural Resource Economics
ECON 3363 Environmental Economics
ENGL 2318 The Writer and Nature
ENVS 3410 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 3430 Environmental Information Management
ENVS 3440 The Environment and Human Health
ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy
ENVS 4450 Natural Resource Management
GEOG 1100 Global Perspectives on Land & Life
GEOG 2200 Fundamentals of Human Geography
GEOG 2315 The Oceans
GEOG 3304 Environmental Management
GEOG 3329 Geographic Perspectives on Nature
GEOG 3454 Bay of Fundy: Environment and Issues
GEOG 4414 Integrated Coastal Zone Management
GEOG 4434 Watershed Management
IDST 4470 Environment and Development
HIST 2201 Environmental History of Europe, 1300-1900
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
PHIL 2305 Environmental Ethics
POLI 2304 Canadian Politics in the 21st Century
POLI 2305 International Relations
POLI 2307 Provincial Government and Politics
POLI 3321 International Organization
POLI 3322 Global Political Economy
POLI 4493 Global Social Movements
PSYC 4418 Environmental Psychology
RELS 2347 Ecology and Religion
RELS 3348 Religion and Ecological Issues in the Developing World [IDST 3348]
SOCI 3391 Rural Sociology
SOCI 4419 Sociology of the Environment


Background/Techniques Courses:
COMM 2293 Communication
COMM 3394 Oral Communication and Presentation Techniques
ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
ECON 3364 Cost Benefit Analysis
GSCI 1300 Introduction to Science Communication
GSCI 3300 Advanced Science Communication
MGMT 3392 Occupational Health & Safety
PHIL 2302 Ethics
PHIL 2318 Science and Society
PHIL 3448 Philosophy of Science

PSYC 1250 Social Behaviour
PSYC 3309 Human Factors and Performance
PSYC 4497 Community Psychology
RELS 3349 Science & Religion
SOCI 3387 Women & Development [WMST 3387]
Any language courses, up to six (6) credit hours.

 

Group C - Courses
Environment Related Courses in the Natural Sciences
BIOL 2324 Ecology
BIOL 3002 Entomology
BIOL 2303 Plant Biology
BIOL 2304 Animal Biology
BIOL 3398 Microbiology
BIOL 3421 Plants and People
BIOL 4424 Diversity & Ecology of Fishes
BIOL 4003 Molecular Ecology
BIOL3332 Ecosystems
BIOL 4404 Behavioural Ecology
BIOL 4410 Plant Ecology
BIOL 4422 Conservation Biology
BIOL 4430 Ornithology
BIOL 4431 Herpetology
BIOL 4433 Ecotoxicology
BIOL 4448 Biology Field Course
BIOL 4451 Ecology in the Tropics
CHEM 2332 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Wet Methods
CHEM 2333 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods
CHEM 2344 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2345 Organic Chemistry II (note that CHEM 2344 and CHEM 2345 are recommended for CHEM/ENVS double majors)
CHEM 2346 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHEM 2373 Environmental Chemistry I
CHEM 3451 Introductory Biochemistry
CHEM 4452 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
ENVS 2100 Green Chemistry [CHEM 2100]
ENVS 3310-3315 Field Course in Environmental Science
ENVS 3340 Principles of Hydrogeology
ENVS 3410 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 3420 Environmental Monitoring and Auditing
ENVS 3430 Environmental Information Management
ENVS 3630 Climate Change
ENVS 3876-99 Directed Study in Environmental Science
ENVS 4430 Directed Research
ENVS 4450 Natural Resource Management
ENVS 4460 Environmental Pattern Analysis and Modeling
ENVS 4470 Environmental Remediation and Restoration
ENVS 4480 Environmental Contaminants
ENVS 4876-99 Directed Study in Environmental Science
GEOG 2313 Geomorphology [GEOL 2373]
GEOG 2316 Map and Image Interpretation
GEOG 2333 Biogeography]
GEOG 2336 Principles of Cartography
GEOG 2343 Weather & Climate
GEOG 3356 Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 3366 Field Techniques and Research Methods
GEOG 3386 Concepts of Geographical Information Systems
GEOG 4413 Coastal Geomorphology [GEOL 4476]
GEOG 4423 Glaciers and Glaciation [GEOL 4475]
GEOG 4433 Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 4443 Natural Hazards
GEOG 4496 Applications in Geomatics
GEOL 1206 Global Change
GEOL 2301 Mineralogy
GEOL 2325 Sedimentology [GEOG 2325]
GEOL 3340 Principles of Hydrogeology
GEOL 3453 Principles of Geochemistry
GEOL 3454 Applied Geochemistry
PHYS 1000 Physics for Life Sciences I (credit is not offered for PHYS 1000 and PHYS 1001 if given for ENVS 1250)
PHYS 1001 Physics for Life Sciences II (credit is not offered for PHYS 1000 and PHYS 1001 if given for ENVS 1250)
PHYS 1100 University Physics I
PHYS 1101 University Physics II


Honours or Double Honours in Environmental Science

The following requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours (or double honours with other subject) include those requirements listed in the Faculty of Science pages in this Calendar.

  • Fulfilment of the requirements for a major in Environmental Science, as outlined above;
  • Completion of ENVS 4599 Honours Research project, which counts as six (6) credit hours towards the required twelve (12) credit hours in Group C courses at the 4000-level;
  • Completion of at least one field course, ENVS 3310-15, which counts towards the twelve(12) credit hours in Group C courses;
  • A minimum DGPA of 3.00.

NOTE:
Students must secure a supervisor for their Honours Research Project (ENVS 4599) before applying to the honours program.

Minor in Environmental Science

Students may combine a minor in Environmental Science with a major in another discipline as part of a Bachelor of Science, Arts or Commerce degree.
Completion of the minor requires thirty (30) credit hours with a minimum grade of C in the following courses:

  • Nine (9) credit hours from:

ENVS 1200 Environmental Challenges
ENVS 1250 Physical Processes in the Environment
ENVS 2300 Environmental Science: Populations and Ecosystems
ENVS 2310 Environmental Science: Energy, Resources and Pollution

  • Nine (9) credit hours from:

ENVS 2410 Energy and the Environment
ENVS 3310-3315 Field Course in Environmental Science
ENVS 3340 Principles of Hydrogeology
ENVS 3410 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 3420 Environmental Monitoring and Auditing

ENVS 3430 Environmental Information Management
ENVS 3450 Aquatic Environments
ENVS 3630 Climate Change
ENVS 4430 Directed Research
ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy
ENVS 4450 Natural Resource Management
ENVS 4460 Environmental Pattern Analysis and Modeling
ENVS 4470 Environmental Remediation and Restoration
ENVS 4480 Environmental Contaminants
ENVS 4499 Seminar in Environmental Science

  • Twelve (12) credit hours taken from the following courses and/or from ENVS courses not counted in meeting the above requirements:
  • CHEM 2373 Environmental Chemistry
  • ECON 3361 Fisheries Economics
  • ECON 3362 Resource Economics
  • ECON 3363 Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 4826–4849 Special Topics in Environmental Science
  • ENVS 4876-4899 Directed Studies in Environmental Science
  • ENGL 2318 The Writer and Nature
  • GEOG 2200 Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • GEOG 2315 The Oceans
  • GEOG 3304 Environmental Management
  • GEOG 3454 Bay of Fundy: Environment and Issues
  • GEOG 4414 Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • GEOG 4433 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEOG 4434 Watershed Management
  • GEOL 1206 Global Change
  • IDST 4470 Environment and Development
  • PHIL 2305 Environmental Ethics
  • PSYC 4418 Environmental Psychology
  • RELS 3348 Religion and Ecological Issues in the Developing World
  • SOCI 4419 Sociology of the Environment

NOTE:
For details on the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) degree requirements in the Faculty of Arts, please refer to the BES calendar section.