Environmental Science

Why study Environmental Science?

The Department of Environmental Science at Saint Mary's University offers a rigorous science undergraduate program using an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Our goal is to provide students with the academic preparation to allow them to contribute positively to an environmentally sound future.

Environmental Science uses scientific ideas and methods to help shape and conserve our environment’s future. It blends the science behind environmental systems with the theory needed to manage and protect them.

The Saint Mary’s approach

Science coursework can cover a range of subjects, like Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Geography, combined with environmental policy and management and monitoring approaches. You will have the flexibility to take elective courses from almost any department of the university, including Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Business and International Development Studies.

Tailor your undergraduate Science degree to your interests. We offer a major, honours and minor in environmental science. If you’re majoring in arts or commerce, you may also combine a minor in environmental science.

An ideal setting

Saint Mary’s is an ideal setting to study environmental topics, with access to marine and terrestrial environments close by, including The Oaks Forest Living Laboratory. Professors are linked to unique knowledge-sharing centres, like Coastal CURA and the Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry. There are also facilities like the Green Roof Testing Facility and the Centre for Environmental Analysis and Remediation.

Sample courses offered:

  • Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Science: Energy, Resources and Pollution
  • Contaminants
  • Green Chemistry
  • Environmental Monitoring

Future career opportunities:

  • Fishery, forestry or mining analyst
  • Conservation scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Policy analyst
  • Remediation specialist