The first year program has been carefully developed to offer a balance of courses to help build the foundation of Environmental Science while giving students in the program an opportunity to get to know their peers.

Fall Term

  • Introductory Biology I (BIOL 1103) (0.5 credit)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 1001) (0.5 credit)
  • Exploring Planet Earth (ERTH 1006) (0.5 credit)
  • Elementary Calculus I  (MATH 1007) (0.5 credit)
  • Environmental Science Seminar (ENSC 1500) (0.5 credit)

Environmental Science has its own specialized First-year Seminar and discussion course.  With less than forty students in the seminar course and under the guidance of an experienced professor, you will examine current environmental issues and their scientific aspects. With prompt feedback on presentations, group work, and research assignments, you will become adept in the analytical, research, and communication skills necessary to excel in the rest of your program at Carleton, and in your career.


  • Introductory Biology II (BIOL 1104) (0.5 credit)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 1002) (0.5 credit)
  • Weather and Water (GEOG 2013) (0.5 credit)
  • Introduction to Statistical Modeling I (STAT 2507) (0.5 credit)
  • Free elective option (note – For Earth Sciences concentration students please see the note below).

NOTE: For those Environmental Science students who have declared a concentration in Earth Sciences, the free 0.5 credit option in winter term should be replaced with ERTH 1009. Upper level Earth Sciences courses recommend both ERTH 1006 (in fall) and ERTH 1009 (in winter)

Courses recommended as the Free Option include,  but are not limited to:

  • ENSC 2001 – Earth Resources, Natural Hazards, and Environmental Impacts
  • ERTH 2403 – Introduction to Oceanography
  • ERTH 2402 – Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective
  • GEOG 2102 – Physical Environments of Canada