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  • Objectives
    The program is structured so that you gain a thorough grounding in the sciences required to address environmental issues. In addition to courses in Environmental Science, the first and second years include courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Geography, as well as two courses in Mathematics and Statistics, and a course on environmental ethics. This combination provides a strong and solid foundation in the fundamentals of Environmental Science. In third and fourth year, there is considerable flexibility in your course selection to allow you to develop an area of special interest. You will learn to design research proposals, to work in teams on multidisciplinary problems, and to communicate your results effectively. Throughout the four years of the program, your studies will also include a sequence of courses in arts and social sciences that is relevant to the study of the environment. This sequence may include areas such as economics, social geography, communication, law, environmental policy, and international relations. As an alternative to the main program in Environmental Science, you can elect to complete an Environmental Science degree with a formal concentration in one of Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences. These concentration programs are especially relevant for those who may wish to pursue graduate degrees in the area of concentration. Concentration programs diverge from the main program only at second year and you do not need to make a decision on the program you choose until then.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Concentration in Biology
  • Course description
    Environmental Science
    B.Sc. Honours
    (20.0 credits) with Concentration in Biology

       1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (10.5 credits):

       1. 3.5 credits in ENSC 1500, ENSC 2000, ENSC 2001, ENSC 3509, ENSC 3906, ENSC 4906 [1.0];
       2. 1.0 credit in BIOL 2600, CHEM 2800;
       3. 0.5 from GEOG 3103, GEOG 3104, GEOG 3105, GEOG 3108;
       4. 0.5 from ERTH 2402, ERTH 2403, ERTH 3205;
       5. 0.5 credit in Approved Science for Environmental Science at the 4000-level, excluding ENSC 4001;
       6. 4.0 credits in:
             1. 1.5 credit in BIOL 2001, BIOL 2002, BIOL 2200;
             2. 0.5 credit from BIOL 2303, BIOL 3004, BIOL 3102, BIOL 3205;
             3. 2.0 credits in:

        * Ecology focus:

             1. BIOL 3604;
             2. 1.0 from BIOL 3601, BIOL 3602, BIOL 3605, BIOL 3606;
             3. 0.5 credit BIOL at the 4000-level;

    or

        * Microbiology/genetics focus:

             1. 1.0 credit in BIOL 3104, BIOL 4103;
             2. 0.5 credit from BIOL 2303, BIOL 3102, BIOL 3303;
             3. 0.5 credit BIOL at the 4000-level;

       7. 0.5 credit in Approved Environmental Science Specialization;

       2. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (9.5 credits):

       8. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007, STAT 2507;
       9. 3.0 credits in BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, CHEM 1000 [1.0], GEOG 2013, ERTH 1006;
      10. 0.5 credit in PHIL 2380;
      11. 0.5 credit in CHEM 2302;
      12. 0.5 credit in BIOL 2104;
      13. 0.5 credit from GEOG 3103, GEOG 3104, GEOG 3105, GEOG 3108;
      14. 0.5 credit from ERTH 2402, ERTH 2403, ERTH 3205;
      15. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts and Social Sciences;
      16. 0.5 credit in Approved Arts and Social Sciences or Approved Science;
      17. 1.0 credit in free electives.

    • ENSC 1500 - Environmental Science Seminar
    • ENSC 2000 - Environmental Science Field Camp
    • ENSC 2001 - Earth Resources and Natural Hazards: Environmental Impacts
    • ENSC 2909 - Co-operative Work Term Report 1
    • ENSC 3509 - Group Project
    • ENSC 3906 - Research Planning
    • ENSC 3909 - Co-operative Work Term Report 2
    • ENSC 4001 - Environmental Science Practicum
    • ENSC 4700 - Topics in Environmental Science
    • ENSC 4906 - Honours Research Project
    • ENSC 4909 - Co-operative Work Term Report 3
    • BIOL 1003 - Introductory Biology I
    • BIOL 1004 - Introductory Biology II
    • BIOL 1005 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Biology
    • BIOL 1010 - Biotechnology and Society
    • BIOL 1902 - Natural History
    • BIOL 2001 - Animals: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2002 - Plants: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2005 - Human Physiology
    • BIOL 2104 - Introductory Genetics
    • BIOL 2106 - Human Genetics and Evolution
    • BIOL 2200 - Cell Physiology and Biochemistry
    • BIOL 2303 - Microbiology
    • BIOL 2600 - Introduction to Ecology
    • BIOL 2903 - Natural History of Ontario
    • BIOL 2909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 3004 - Insect Diversity
    • BIOL 3102 - Mycology
    • BIOL 3104 - Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 3201 - Cell Biology
    • BIOL 3202 - Principles of Developmental Biology
    • BIOL 3205 - Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
    • BIOL 3303 - Experimental Microbiology
    • BIOL 3305 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 3501 - The Biophysics of Animal Movement
    • BIOL 3601 - Ecosystems and Environmental Change
    • BIOL 3602 - Conservation Biology
    • BIOL 3604 - Analysis of Ecological Relationships
    • BIOL 3605 - Field Course I
    • BIOL 3606 - Field Course II
    • BIOL 3608 - Principles of Biogeography
    • BIOL 3609 - Evolutionary Concepts
    • BIOL 3611 - Evolutionary Ecology
    • BIOL 3612 - Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    • BIOL 3801 - Plants and Herbivores
    • BIOL 3802 - Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 3804 - Social Evolution
    • BIOL 3909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 4008 - Molecular Plant Development
    • BIOL 4102 - Molecular Ecology
    • BIOL 4103 - Population Genetics
    • BIOL 4104 - Evolutionary Genetics
    • BIOL 4106 - Methods in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4109 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4200 - Immunology
    • BIOL 4201 - Animal Cell Culture: Methods and Applications
    • BIOL 4202 - Mutagenesis and DNA Repair
    • BIOL 4203 - Evolution of Sex
    • BIOL 4209 - Advanced Plant Physiology
    • BIOL 4300 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    • BIOL 4301 - Current Topics in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 4306 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 4317 - Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 4318 - Adaptations to Extreme Environments
    • BIOL 4400 - Nuclear Dynamics and The Cell Cycle
    • BIOL 4500 - Ornithology I
    • BIOL 4501 - Ornithology II
    • BIOL 4503 - Fish Ecology, Conservation and Management
    • BIOL 4603 - Insect Evolution and Biology
    • BIOL 4604 - Landscape Ecology
    • BIOL 4802 - Advanced Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 4900 - Directed Special Studies and Seminar
    • BIOL 4901 - Directed Special Studies
    • BIOL 4907 - Honours Essay and Research Proposal
    • BIOL 4908 - Honours Research Thesis
    • BIOL 4909 - Co-operative Work Term Report

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