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Environmental Science (BSc)


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The BSc in Environmental Science unites ideas from biology, chemistry and geography to understand how physical and chemical processes affect rock, soil, air and water, which then affect the distribution, abundance and performance of living organisms. As a student in the Environmental Science program, you will develop a broad range of skills that will allow you to identify the scope of environmental challenges. You will also learn to devise ways to counter problems caused by human activities based on fundamental principles of how organisms perform in their interactions with their biological, geochemical and physical environment.

Info for Current Students

Environmental Science

Program Highlights

  • Internal and external funding makes it easy for students to work with faculty mentors on a wide range of projects.
  • An interdisciplinary focus gives you a diverse set of courses that emphasize lab and field experience.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience linking ideas from the classroom with critical thinking skills that will enable you to identify and solve environmental problems.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Conservation Biology
  • Natural Environments
  • Geographical Information Systems

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English, Chemistry and Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Biology at 4.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Global Studies minor
  • History and Philosophy of Science minor
  • Communication Studies minor

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