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Environmental Science

Joint program with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

Environmental Science explores the impact of human activities on our planet through the study of biology, chemistry, physics, and physical geography.  You will gain a scientific foundation in the biological and physical sciences needed to address urgent environmental and urban challenges and generate and communicate solutions.

The Environmental Science program offers two streams of study, and you select your stream in Year 2 of the program:

  • In the Environmental Dynamics stream, you will specialize in physical geography, studying the interactions between land, air, water, and biological organisms to understand how the natural environment responds to stressors.
  • In the Biodiversity and Conservation stream, you will specialize in environmental biology to understand how organisms and ecological communities are impacted by environmental stressors and learn to apply this knowledge to protect species and biodiversity.

In your studies, you will get practical experience in data collection, research, and scientific analysis in the field and in the laboratory. You will learn to work collaboratively and develop effective communication, analytic and critical thinking skills while better understanding climate, ecological and biophysical systems.  Our graduates are prepared to make transformative environmental change in careers within the private and public sector.

Students explore these critical issues:

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Biodiversity and conservation of species and habitats
  • Water security and water quality
  • Pollution
  • Erosion

Our environmental science students gain a scientific foundation in the biological and physical sciences needed to address urgent environmental and urban challenges – and generate and communicate solutions.


Typical First-Year Courses

  • Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
  • Physical Geography: The Dynamic Earth
  • Cells, Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Evolution, Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation Biology
  • Computer Use
  • General Education course

12U Requirements

  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • One additional 4U or M course
  • Physics recommended

Career Options

  • Aquatic Scientist
  • Conservationist
  • Environmental Control Specialist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Climate Change Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant