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School of the Environment

The School of the Environment offers a variety of environmental programs, some in collaboration with participating departments, that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of achieving understanding of environmental issues and problems from scientific, political, social, and ethical perspectives. Our programs prepare students for a wide range of graduate school and career opportunities, and facilitate students making a difference in their work and in their lives.


Core Programs

  • Environmental Studies BA (major and minor options)
  • Environmental Science BSc (major and minor options)

Collaborative Programs

  • Environmental Ethics BA (major and minor options)
  • Environment and Health BSc (specialist and major options)
  • Environmental Chemistry BSc (specialist and minor options)
  • Environmental Geosciences BSc (specialist, major, minor options)
  • Environment and Toxicology BSc (specialist)
  • Environment and Behaviour BSc (minor)
  • Environment and Energy BSc (minor)

Directed Minors

  • Environmental Anthropology BA (minor)
  • Environmental Geography BA (minor)
  • Environmental Economics BA (minor)
  • Geographic Information Systems BA (minor)
  • Environmental Biology (minor)
  • Physical and Environmental Geography (minor)


First-Year Courses

The School does not offer any science courses at the first year level but does offer ENV 100H1 – Introduction to Environmental Studies, a social science course. The foundation courses for School's programs are ENV 221H1 - Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment and ENV 222H1 – Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, both offered at the second-year level.


Advice for First Year

If you are interested in taking a BA environmental program, there are no required first year courses, but ENV 100H1 and ENV 200H1 -- Assessing Global Change: Science and the Environment, are recommended preparation. The latter also counts as a breadth course, and can be taken by first year students. If you are interested in taking a BSc environmental program, you will need to take the first year science course or courses required. The first year science course requirements vary from program to program.


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