Curriculum & Courses

Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science


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Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that uses a scientific understanding of the environment to develop solutions to environmental challenges. Students in the Environmental Science Major are provided the opportunity to gain competency in understanding and addressing environmental issues. The program assists students in becoming proficient in multiple environmental disciplines while also developing the field and laboratory skills needed to work within an interdisciplinary environment. The skills developed by students prepare them for careers related to environmental research, regulatory monitoring compliance and many other professional careers in environmental science. Students in the program gain invaluable, practical work experience by participating in two full-time, four-month paid work term placements in the environment sector. Graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills that are applicable to the vast and growing environmental sector job market. They are eligible for designation as a Professional Agrologist (Alberta Institute of Agrology) upon graduation. Their environmental science education can be continued by undertaking a graduate degree.


  • CHEM 1202 - General Chemistry - Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry or
  • CHEM 1207 - General Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences

  • CHEM 2157 - Industrial Organic Chemistry
  • ECOL 1111 - Terrestrial Ecology
  • ECOL 2201 - Plant Survey and Classification
  • ECOL 2219 - Aquatic Ecology
  • ENVS 1105 - Data Processing and Statistics
  • ENVS 1111 - Professional Development, Health and Safety
  • ENVS 2020 - Work Experience I
  • ENVS 2100 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVS 2203 - Introduction to Soil Science
  • ENVS 2215 - Applied Instrumentation
  • ENVS 2221 - Water Pollution and Surface Water Analysis
  • ENVS 3020 - Work Experience II
  • ENVS 3305 - Soil Hydrology
  • ENVS 3307 - Air Pollution Monitoring
  • ENVS 3323 - Watershed Management
  • ENVS 3333 - Ground Water Contamination
  • ENVS 3335 - Issues in Environmental Assessment
  • ENVS 4201 - Environmental Research Methods
  • ENVS 4405 - Air Quality
  • ENVS 4406 - Soil Genesis and Land Use
  • ENVS 4419 - Regulatory Management
  • ENVS 4431 - Waste Management
  • ENVS 4441 - Site System Remediation Design
  • GEOL 1101 - The Dynamic Earth

  • MATH 1185 - Calculus with Applications or
  • MATH 1200 - Calculus for Scientists I

  • MATH 1203 - Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers
  • MGMT 3269 - Project Management


  • Four senior elective courses.

General Education Requirements

Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before registering for a course.