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

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:

  • ENVS 2300 Populations and Ecosystems
  • ENVS 2310 Energy, Resources and Pollution
  • BIOL 3308 Biostatistics
    or GEOG 3326 Statistical Methods for Geographers
  • GEOL 1200 Understanding the Earth
  • GEOL 1201 The Dynamic Earth
  • GEOG 2100 Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • ECON 1201 Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECON 3363 Environmental Economics
    or ECON 3362 Natural Resource Economics
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group B

Year 3:

  • Twelve (12) credit hours from Group A
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group B
  • Six (6) credit hours from Group C
  • Three (3) credit hours from the Humanities (Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Modern Language courses with a focus on literature and culture).
  • Three (3) credit hours of electives

Year 4:

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

Group A

  • ENVS 1200 Environmental Challenges
  • ENVS 1250 Physical Processes in the Environment
  • ENVS 2100 Green Chemistry
  • ENVS 2300 Populations & Ecosystems
  • ENVS 2310 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 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

Environmental related courses:

  • ANTH 4306 Foraging Adaptation
  • ECON 3361 Fisheries 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 4434 Watershed Management
  • HIST 2201 Environmental History of Europe 1300-1900
  • IDST 4470 Environment and Development
  • 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 4414 Environmental Perception and Cognition
  • 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

  • BIOL 2303 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 2304 Animal Biology
  • BIOL 2324 Ecology
  • BIOL 3002 Insect Ecology
  • BIOL 3332 Ecosystems
  • BIOL 3398 Microbiology
  • BIOL 3421 Applied Plant Biology
  • BIOL 3424 Diversity & Ecology of Fishes
  • BIOL 4003 Molecular Ecology
  • 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 [GEOL 2332]
  • CHEM 2333 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods [GEOL 2333]
  • 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: Metabolism
  • ENVS 2100 Green Chemistry
  • 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 3876-3899 Directed Study in Enviornmental 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 4876-4899 Directed Study in Environmental Science
  • GEOG 2316 Map and Air Photo Interpretation
  • GEOG 2336 Principles of Cartography
  • GEOG 3313 Geomorphology [GEOL 3373]
  • GEOG 3333 Biogeography
  • GEOG 3343 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 4414 Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • GEOG 4423 Glacial Geomorphology [GEOL 4475]
  • GEOG 4433 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEOG 4443 Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 4496 Applications in GIS
  • GEOL 1206 Global Change
  • GEOL 2301 Mineralogy
  • GEOL 2325 Sedimentology [GEOG 2325]
  • GEOL 3340 Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
  • 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

For the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Science, students must:

  • Satisfy the requirements for a major in Environmental Science
  • Achiece a DGPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.3
  • Complete ENVS 4599 Honours REsearch Project
    NOTES:
  • Students must secure a supervisor for the honours research project (ENVS 4599) before applying to the honours program.
  • Students may use ENVS 4599 as six (6) credit hours of the Group C level credit hour requirement.

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.

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
  • ENVE 1250 Physical processes in the Environment
  • ENVS 2300 Populations and Ecosystems
  • ENVS 2310 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 ENVS courses not counted in meeting the above requirements:

  • CHEM 2373 Environmental Chemistry I
  • 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
  • GEOL 1206 Global Change
  • IDST 4470 Environment and Development
  • PHIL 2305 Environmental Ethics
  • PSYC 4414 Environmental Perception and Cognition
  • PSYC 4418 Environmental Psychology
  • RELS 3348 Religion and Ecological Issues in the Developing World
  • SOCI 4419 Sociology of the Environment