Environmental Science

An interdisciplinary program incorporating chemistry, biology, economics and statistics, Environmental Science at Dalhousie responds to the most critical issues faced by society today. Environmental Science students understand the environment’s direct relationship with energy, economics, technology, agriculture, legislation, population growth and urban development.

In co-op, Environmental Science students apply the research and principles of multiple disciplines to advance conservation efforts, create public awareness, develop social responsibility practices for businesses and assess critical ecosystems.

Student skills

  • Data management
  • Environmental research, analysis and interpretation
    and interpretation
  • Statistical theory and practice
  • Basics in Math, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Economics
  • Environmental field techniques used in aquatic and terrestrial systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Able to describe work in written and oral forms to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Able to work collaboratively in teams made of diverse professionals
  • Approaches to environmental problem solving
  • Introductory Environmental Law
  • Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment


  • Government environment offices
  • Eco-tourism
  • Conservation
  • Institutional research
  • Public water services
  • Education

Past roles

  • Land stewardship assistant
  • Conservation officer assistant
  • Research assistant
  • Field technician
  • Restoration field technician
  • Data analyst
  • Youth science instructor
  • Science tutor
  • Commentator

Past employers

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Deep River Science Academy
  • SuperNOVA Science Workshops
  • Murphy’s Nature & Whale Watching
  • Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  • Environment Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Halifax Water Commission
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study


Work term 1
3rd year Study


Work term 2
4th year Study Work term 3 Final semester of study

Environmental Science co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.


Courses completed prior to work term 1

  • Principles of Biology 1
  • Concepts in Chemistry 1 and 2
  • Calculus
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Writing course
  • Geology 1
  • Urban Environmental Field School
  • Principles of Micro Economics
  • Statistical Methods for Data Analysis and Inference
  • Environmental Informatics
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Introductory Ecology
  • Humanities elective
  • Minor Elective
  • 2 General Electives

Additional courses completed prior to work term 2

  • Environmental Problem Solving 1
  • Introduction to Environmental Law
  • Geoscience Info Management
  • Minor Elective
  • General Elective

Additional courses completed prior to work term 3

  • Environmental Science Field School
  • Minor Elective
  • 2 General Electives

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $20.00


Faculty of Science: Environmental Science website.