Environmental Science

Develop an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day environmental problems and solutions.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Randy Dirszowsky

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x3358

Email: rdirszowsky@laurentian.ca

Office: Admistrative Assistant: Angèle Gosselin Mainville, 705.675.1151 x3366, agosselinmainville@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
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By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.
Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Program Highlights:

  • An intensive four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

  • Interdisciplinary training built on courses in biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, earth system science, and environmental studies

  • Exposure to another environmentally relevant discipline or field to a senior level 

  • Course options related to environmentally issues, thought, ethics, impact assessment, management and sustainability

  • Experience in environmental research and/or problem solving obtained through fieldwork, research, directed studies, and seminar options.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions

1 grade 12 U/M Science course

1 additional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course (Biology and Chemistry advised)

2 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Specialization in Environmental Science (4 year)

Total: 120 credits (with a minimum of 66 cr of environmental science and other environmental courses, 30 cr of foundation science, plus electives*).

* Students are encouraged to supplement the program with a minor in Environmental Studies or another environmental science related discipline (see notes and recommendations below).

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

1st year

ENSC 1406E     Earth’s Environmental Systems
ENVI 1507E     Introduction to Environmental Studies
BIOL 1506E     Biology I
BIOL 1507E     Biology II
CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I
CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II
GEOL 1006E     Introductory Geology I
GEOL 1007E     Introductory Geology II
+ 6 credits from:
      MATH 1036E     Calculus I
      MATH 1037E     Calculus II
      MATH 1057E     Linear Algebra I
      PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I     OR   PHYS 1206E     Physics for the Life Sciences I

2nd year
ENSC 2106E      Introductory Geomorphology OR  GEOL 3397E     Introductory Soil Science
ENSC 2216E     Our Environment: The Science Behind the Stories
STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics   OR   STAT 2246E     Statistics for Scientists

+ 3 credits from:

      ARCL 2116E     Archaeology and the Environment

      BIOL 2356E     Principles of Ecology

      ENSC 2707E     Ecology of Human Populations

+ 3 credits from:

      ENVI 2616E     Cultural Representations of the Environment

      GEOG 2037E     Introduction to Remote Sensing

      GEOL 2066E     Near-surface Geophysical Methods

+ 3 credits from:
      BIOL 2026E      Introduction to Microbiology
      ENSC 2126E    Environmental Chemistry
      CHMI 2117E     Introductory Quantitative Analysis

+3 credits from:

      ENVI 2406F     Climat, pollution et société

      ENVI 2516E     Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

      ENVI 2527F     Énergie, environnement et développement

      ENVI 2536E     Environment and Human Health

      ENVI 2556E     Environmental Education

      PHIL 2217E     Environmental Ethics
+ electives (9 credits)

3rd year
ENSC 3236E     Design and Analysis for Environmental Science
ENSC 3706E     Field Camp for Environmental Science

+ 3 credits from:

      BIOL 3056E     Mineral Exploitation & the Biosphere

      BIOL 3376E     Restoration Ecology I

      BIOL 4076E     Ecosystem Ecology
+ 3 credits from:
      ENSC 2106E     Introductory Geomorphology
      ENSC 3136E     Watershed Hydrology
      GEOL 3397E     Introductory Soil Science
+ 3 credits from:
      BIOL 3067E     Winter Ecology
      BIOL 3977E     Biodiversity & Conservation
      ENSC 3246E     Aquatic Ecology
+ 3 credits from:

      BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

      CHMI 3116E     Instrumental Techniques
      CHMI 3326E     Aquatic Chemistry
+ 6 credits from:
      ENSC 3216E     Environmental Group Project
      ENSC 3716E     Environmental Impact Assessment
      ENSC 3717E     Environmental Risk Management

      ENVI 3056E     Animal Studies

      ENVI 3076E     Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

      ENVI 3426F     Changements climatiques

      ENVI 3516E     Greening the Built Environment

      ENGL 3536E     Environmental Communication   

   + electives (6 credits)

4th year

ENSC 4116E     Environmental Remediation: Global Lessons from the Sudbury Story

SCOM 4006E     Presenting and Communicating Research

+ 15 credits from:
      ENSC 4105E     Thesis in Environmental Science
      ENSC 4206E     Directed Studies in Environmental Science

      ENSC 4306E     Senior Seminar in Environmental Science
      ENSC 3136E     Watershed Hydrology
      ENSC 3206E     Aquatic Ecology Methods
      ENSC 3226E     Environmental Radioactivity
      ENSC 3246E     Aquatic Ecology
      ENSC 4136E     Paleoecology of Recent Environments
      ENSC 4146E     Urban Waters
      ENSC 4406E     Quaternary Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

      ENSC 4156E     Coastal Ocean Conservation

      ENVI 4726F     L'eau douce au XXIe siècle
      ARCL 3095E     Archeological Field School

      ARCL 4036E     The Archaeology of Animal Bones

      BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology
      BIOL 3056E     Mineral Exploitation & the Biosphere
      BIOL 3067E     Winter Ecology
      BIOL 3376E     Restoration Ecology I
      BIOL 3977E     Biodiversity & Conservation
      BIOL 4076E     Ecosystem Ecology
      BIOL 4366E     Soil Biology
      BIOL 4386E     Wetland Ecology & Conservation
      BIOL 4756E     Freshwater Biology

      BIOL 4317E     Plant-Animal Interactions

      CHMI 3326E     Aquatic Chemistry
      CHMI 4186E     Topics in Radiochemistry
      CHMI 4197E     Environmental Analytical Chemistry

      GEOG 4256E     Permafrost

      GEOL 3007E     Environmental Field Geology
      GEOL 3397E     Introductory Soil Science
      GEOL 3417E     Oceanography
      GEOL 4226E     Pleistocene and Glacial Geology
      GEOL 4416E     Global Change-The Geologic Record
      GEOL 4706E     Hydrogeology

+ electives (9 credits)

1Note that some courses in this list may have prerequisites not previously taken and/or may require permission of the instructor.

2Note that to graduate with a B.Sc. Honours, students must complete at least 9cr in total designated as 4th year.

3 Thesis is normally restricted to students with advanced standing (min 6.5 GPA).

4 Both Thesis and Directed Studies courses depend on the availability of a suitable project and supervisor(s) which the student must ascertain in advance. 

 

Major in Environmental Science (42 credits)

1st year*

ENSC 1406E     Earth’s Environmental Systems*
ENVI 1507E     Introduction to Environmental Studies*

*Students already using these courses for another program, may substitute a required foundation science course or other program elective as appropriate.

To complete the major, students may require the following foundation science prerequisites.  Additional prerequisites may be required for some advanced course electives.

BIOL 1506E     Biology I
BIOL 1507E     Biology II
CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I
CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II
GEOL 1006E     Introductory Geology I
GEOL 1007E     Introductory Geology II

2nd year

ENSC 2216E     Our Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

+3 credits from:

      ARCL 2116     Archaeology and the Environment

      BIOL 2356E     Principles of Ecology

      ENSC 2707E     Ecology of Human Populations

+ 3 credits from:

      ENVI 2616E     Cultural Representations of the Environment

      ENSC 2106E     Introductory Geomorphology

      GEOL 3397     Introductory Soil Science

+ 3 credits from:
      BIOL 2026E      Introduction to Microbiology
      ENSC 2126E    Environmental Chemistry
      CHMI 2117E     Introductory Quantitative Analysis

3rd and 4th years

ENSC 3706E     Field Camp for Environmental Science

+3 credits from:

      ENSC 3716E     Environmental Impact Assessment

      ENSC 3717E     Environmental Risk Management

      ENVI 3076E     Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

+ 6 credits from:

      ENSC 3236E     Design and Analysis for Environmental Science

      ENSC 4116E     Environmental Remediation: Global Lessons from the Sudbury Story

      BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

      BIOL 3376E     Restoration Ecology I
      BIOL 3977E     Biodiversity & Conservation
      BIOL 4076E     Ecosystem Ecology
      BIOL 4317E     Plant-Animal Interactions

+ 6 credits from:

      ENSC 3136E     Watershed Hydrology

      ENSC 3206E     Aquatic Ecology Methods

      ENSC 3246E     Aquatic Ecology

      ENSC 4146E     Urban Waters

      ENSC 4156E     Coastal Ocean Conservation

      BIOL 4386E     Wetland Ecology & Conservation

      BIOL 4756E     Freshwater Biology
      CHMI 3326E     Aquatic Chemistry
      GEOL 3417E     Oceanography

+ 6 credits from:

      ENVI 2616E     Environmental Geomatics

      ENSC 2106E     Introductory Geomorphology

      ENSC 3226E     Environmental Radioactivity

      ENSC 4136E     Paleoecology of Recent Environments

      BIOL 3056E     Mineral Exploitation & the Biosphere

      GEOL 3397E     Introductory Soil Science
      ENSC 4406E     Quaternary Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

      GEOL 4226E     Pleistocene and Glacial Geology
      ENSC 4206E     Directed Studies in Environmental Science**

**Directed Studies requires permission of the School of the Environment

 

Minor in Environmental Science (24 credits)

Total: 24 credits (a minor is combined with a specialization, concentration or major(s) and/or another minor for a degree):

I.     Introductory and Applied Environmental Science (6 credits)*

      ENSC 1406E     Earth’s Environmental Systems
      ENSC 3716E     Environmental Impact Assessment

*If these courses have already been taken for another program, 6 credits may be substituted from Groups III and IV below.

II.    Foundation Science (6 credits from among the following)**

      BIOL 1506E     Biology I
      BIOL 1507E     Biology II
      CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I
      CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II
      CHMI 1041E     Chemical Concepts
      GEOL 1006E     intro Geology I
      GEOL 1007E     Intro Geology II

** Students should select foundation science courses with the prerequisites for the following courses in mind; taking additional foundation science courses increases the options available. If these courses have already been taken for another program, 6 credits may be substituted from Groups III and IV below.

III.  Core Environmental Science (6 credits from among the following)

      ENVI 2616E     Environmental Geomatics

      ENSC 2106E     Introductory Geomorphology

      ENSC 2216E     Our Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

      ENSC 2707E     Ecology of Human Populations  or  ARCL 2116E     Archaeology and the Environment

IV.   Advanced and Applied Environmental Science (6 credits from among the following)
      BIOL 3056E     Mineral Exploitation & the Biosphere  OR   BIOL 3376E     Restoration Ecology
      CHMI 3326E     Aquatic Chemistry
      ENSC 3136E     Watershed Hydrology

      ENSC 3236E     Design and Analysis for Environmental Science
      ENSC 3246E     Aquatic Ecology

      ENSC 3706E     Field Camp for Environmental Science
      ENSC 4116E     Environmental Remediation: Global Lessons from the Sudbury Story
      ENSC 4136E     Paleoecology of Recent Environments
      ENSC 4146E     Urban Waters

      ENSC 4206E     Directed Studies in Environmental Science***

      ENSC 4156E     Coastal Ocean Conservation
      ENSC 4406E     Quaternary Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

      GEOL 3397E     Introductory Soil Science

***Directed Studies requires permission of the School of the Environment. Also with permission, a student may undertake ENSC 4105 - Thesis in Environmental Science instead, in which case, 3 credits will count toward this program requirement and 3 credits will count as elective credits.

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Science

ENSC 1406 - Earth's Environmental Systems

ENSC 2216 - Our Environment: The Science Behind the Stories

ENSC 2106 - Introductory Geomorphology

ENSC 2126 - Environmental Chemistry

ENSC 2707 - Ecology of Human Populations

ENSC 3706 - Field Camp for Environmental Science

ENSC 3136 - Watershed Hydrology

ENSC 3236 - Design and Analysis for Environmental Science

ENSC 3226 - Environmental Radioactivity

ENSC 3246 - Aquatic Ecology

ENSC 3206 - Aquatic Ecology Methods

ENSC 3076 - Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

ENSC 3716 - Environmental Impact Assessment

ENSC 3717 - Environmental Risk Management

ENSC 3216 - Environmental Group Project

ENSC 4116 - Environmental Remediation: Global Lessons from the Sudbury Story

ENSC 4136 - Paleoecology of Recent Environments

ENSC 4146 - Urban Waters

ENSC 4156 - Coastal Ocean Conservation

ENSC 4406 - Quaternary Paleoenvironmenal Reconstruction

ENSC 4105 - Thesis in Environmental Science

ENSC 4206 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science

ENSC 4306 - Senior Seminar in Environmental Science

SCOM 4006 - Presenting and Communicating Research

 

Environmental Studies

ENVI 1507 - Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVI 2516 - Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

ENVI 2536 -  Environment and Human Health

ENVI 3516 -  Greening the Built Environment

ENVI 3656 - Field Work in Environmental Studies

 

Plus environmentally themed courses in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHMI), Earth Sciences (GEOL), Law and Justice (JURI), Philosophy (PHIL), Science Communication (SCOM), etc. (see program description for details).

Year:

ENSC-1406EL - Earth's Environmental Systems ENVI-1507EL - Introduction to Environmental Studies ENSC-2106EL - Introductory Geomorphology ENSC-2126EL - Environmental Chemistry ENSC-2216EL - Our Environment: the Science Behind the Stories ENSC-2707EL - Ecology of Human Populations ENSC-3136EL - Watershed Hydrology
ENSC-3216EL - Environmental Group Project ENSC-3226EL - Environmental Radioactivity ENSC-3236EL - Design and Analysis for Environmental Science ENSC-3246EL - Aquatic Ecology ENSC-3706EL - Field Camp for Environmental Science ENSC-3716EL - Environmental Impact Assessment

Sessional Faculty

Daniel Campbell

Alan Lock

François Caron

François Caron

School of the Environment
Randy Dirszowsky

Randy Dirszowsky

School of the Environment
Nadia Mykytczuk

Nadia Mykytczuk

School of the Environment
David Pearson

David Pearson

School of the Environment
Charles Ramcharan

Charles Ramcharan

School of the Environment
Graeme Spiers

Graeme Spiers

School of the Environment
Anne Watelet

Anne Watelet

School of the Environment