Why choose Environmental Science at Dalhousie?

Climate change. Biodiversity. Energy and the economy. The world is waking up like never before to the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Those with knowledge and expertise in environmental science will be able to contribute to encouraging and ensuring the future health of our planet. At Dalhousie, Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic program that integrates and applies research and principles from several disciplines to important issues related to the state of the environment.

Dal’s Environmental Science program encourages you to explore the environment from scientific perspectives—as well as the political, cultural, ethical, and historical angles. You can make it your main focus of study or combine it with other programs.

You can choose from a broad range of undergraduate options that suit many interests. Major in Environmental Science and make it your main academic focus. Combine it in a double major with Environment, Sustainability and Society, any science program such as Biology or Psychology, Community Design or any Arts and Social Sciences program, such as International Development Studies. Or, you can opt to pursue a minor in Environmental Science if enrolled in another degree program.

Program details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • BSc (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • BA (20-credit) Double Major/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available for 20-credit programs
  • Minor in Environmental Science (3 credits)
  • Minor in Environmental Studies (4 credits)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • pre-calculus or calculus
  • 3 additional university preparatory classes.

Recommended high school courses:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geography

See Admissions requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The introductory class has approximately 130 students.
  • Upper-level classes range from 20 to 80 students.
  • Environmental Science students take classes in other programs and departments, with sizes that may vary from those noted above.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing Services can help.   

Housing options

  • meal plans
  • dorm-style, traditional residences
  • apartment-style, non-traditional
  • off-campus housing