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Environmental Science

Includes: Life Sciences stream, Physical Sciences stream, Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing

Environmental Science at York focuses on the major interacting systems of the atmosphere, biosphere, water and landforms and the effect of human activities on these systems. Our program offers a thorough science education based on the four objectives of providing a solid scientific training in the environmental sciences, building strong communication skills to deal with complex environmental issues, offering hands-on experience in environmental research, and developing strong technical skills.Your studies in Environmental Science at York will help prepare you for leadership roles in environmental fields of critical and increasing global demand.

The Life Sciences stream involves the incorporation of physical geography with ecology and population biology focusing on environmental problems which affect water, air, aquatic sediments and soils as well as plants and animals. The Physical Sciences stream integrates atmospheric science with surface water hydrology and landforms. Environmental issues such as ozone depletion, climate change and the pollution of rivers and lakes involve interactions between the atmosphere and the land surface.


Typical First-Year Courses

  • Biology
  • Physical Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Computer Use
  • General Education course

12U Requirements

Life Sciences Stream

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Physics (recommended)

Physical Sciences Stream

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors

Career Options

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Pollution Assessment and Control
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Education – elementary, high school, college, university
  • Postgraduate Studies/Academic Career