Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Environmental Studies program page.

In Year 2, students will choose to complete a focus area in one of the following:
Conservation & Biodiversity  |  Environmental Assessment  |  Environmental Health  |  Land Systems  |  Natural Resource Management  |  Northern Studies  |  Policy & Law  |  Stewardship  |  Sustainable Building  |  Sustainable Development  |  Toxicology  |  Water Resources  |  Wildlife Management

B.Env.St. Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Honours, Major, and General degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
ENVR 1000 Environmental Science 1: Concepts 3
ENVR 2000 Environmental Science 2: Issues 3
BIOL 1010 Biological Diversity and Interaction or both
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes and
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions
ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomic Principles 3
GEOG 1280 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GEOG 1290 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
NATV 1220 (W) Native Peoples of Canada Part 1 3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 3
Electives 6-3
Total Credit Hours 30



  • If balancing admission to Environmental Studies with other programs, note that Environmental Studies requires 24 credit hours, including at least 12 credit hours of the following courses:
    • ENVR 1000
    • ENVR 2000
    • BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1030
    • GEOG 1280
    • GEOG 1290
    • NATV 1220 (W)
    • STAT 1000 (M)
  • ENVR 1000, ENVR 2000, BIOL 1010 (or BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030) are prerequisites for required second year courses in the program.  It is recommended to complete these in first year, prior to admission. 
  • Completing BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030 is recommended for students with an interest in the Conservation and Biodiversity, Natural Resource Management, Toxicology, and Water Resources Focus Areas.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses.


Apply to the Advanced Major program and consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources to declare Honours or General program.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

W Requirement: Not required for admission. Will be met in Year 2 by taking ENVR 2270 (W).
M Requirement: Not required for admission. Will be met by STAT 1000 (M), when completed.
Minimum GPA: Major: 2.00 with a minimum grade of 'C+' in 6 of the 12 required credit hours and no less than "C" in the remaining 6 credit hours.
Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.


  • Math 40S minimum 50% required.
  • If taking BIOL 1020, Biology 40S and one of Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S, minimum 50% required.


  • Honours/Major: 4 years (120 credit hours).
  • Co-op may extend your studies by an additional term(s).
  • General: 3 years (90 credit hours).


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May 2017 
First Year Planning Guide