Courses Offered

The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding the science of our environment and solving major environmental issues. including the current Climate Crisis. Environmental Science takes a systems approach to help students develop the knowledge necessary to respond to challenges arising from interactions between human activities and natural systems. Students receive practical training to apply tools and techniques from several disciplines, leading to an interdisciplinary approach. In the first two years, the ENVS curriculum emphasizes basic science in a rigorous curriculum drawn from a variety of departments, including biology, physics (energy), earth science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and economics. In upper year courses, students take environmental science and additional science courses as well as electives in their area of interest, with courses that include statistics and analytics, research methodology, GIS, problem solving, and law. Field schools in second and third years, as well as internship and co-operative education opportunities, provide students with the experience and support they need to prepare for environmental science careers or graduate and professional.

*Note: Not all courses may be offered every year. Some courses not show here may have been retired. For current courses, please consult the Timetable and the Academic Calendar. 

First Year Courses

Course Number Course Name Term Course Syllabus
ENVS 1100.03 Foundations of Environmental Science: ecosphere, resources & sustainability Fall ENVS1100
ENVS1200.03 Current Environmental Challenges: Analysis and Solutions Winter   ENVS1200


Second Year Courses

Course Number Course Name Term Course Syllabus
ENVS 2000.03 Urban Field School Spring
ENVS 2100.03 Environmental Informatics Fall ENVS2100
ENVS 2500.03  Field Methods in Environmental Science Fall ENVS2500


Third Year Courses

Course Number Course Name Term Course Syllabus
ENVS 3000.03 Environmental Science Internship Year-round ENVS3000
ENVS 3001.03 Environmental Science Field School Summer   ENVS3001
ENVS 3100.03  Environmental Analytics Winter   ENVS3100
ENVS 3200.03   Introduction to Environmental Law Fall and Winter   ENVS3200
ENVS 3225.03  Plants in the Human Landscape Winter   ENVS3225
ENVS 3226.03 Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization Fall ENVS3226
ENVS 3500.03 Geographic Information Management  Fall
ENVS 3501.03  Environmental Problem Solving I Fall ENVS3501
ENVS 3502.03 Environmental Problem Solving II: The Campus as a Living Laboratory  Winter ENVS3502
ENVS 3601.03 Global Biogeochemical Cycles Winter ENVS3601
ENVS 3701.03 Fundamentals of Hydrology Fall ENVS3701
ENVS 3801.03   Directed Readings in Environmental Science Fall or Winter ENVS3801


Fourth Year Courses

Course Number Course Name Term Course Syllabus
ENVS 4001.03    Environmental Impact Assessment Fall ENVS4001
ENVS 4003.03 Coral Reefs and Environmental Change Fall ENVS4003
ENVS 4004.03  Pathways to Sustainable Energy Fall ENVS4004
ENVS 4850.03 Geographic Information Science Research Project
Winter   ENVS4850
ENVS 4901.03   Honours Thesis Part A Fall ENVS4901
ENVS 4902.03 Honours Thesis Part B Winter   ENVS4902


Co-operative Education

Course Number Course Name
ENVS 8891.00  Co-op Work Term 1
ENVS 8892.00 Co-op Work Term 2
ENVS 8893.00 Co-op Work Term 3
ENVS 8894.00 Co-op Work Term 4