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 online. 

The Academic Calendar is the official document of your degree requirements.

Major in Environmental Science 


Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program, based on core courses in environmental science and including courses from departments in the Faculty of Science, as well as those in Arts and Commerce. The following tables outline the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Major in Environmental Science including those listed in the Faculty of Science pages in the Academic Calendar.

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Course Prerequisite Trees


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; Students must secure a supervisor for their Honours Research project (ENVS 4599) before applying to the Hnours Program.
  • Completion of at least one field course, ENVS 3310-3315, which counts towards the twelve(12) credit hours in Group C courses;
  • A minimum DGPA of 3.00.


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 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 2315 The Oceans
GEOG 3304 Environmental Management
GEOG 3454 Bay of Fundy: Environment and Issues
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

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