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.

All Environmental Science programs have the same first year courses. Before registration for second year courses begins in July, students should decide if they want to declare a concentration or stay in the main program Environmental Science.  Adding a minor is another element to consider.  Elements such as concentrations and minors are the student’s choice, not required.

Fall Term

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

Winter Term

  • Foundations of Biology II (BIOL 1104)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 1002)
  • Earth Resources and Natural Hazards: Environmental Impacts (ENSC 2001)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 2507)
  • Free elective 0.5 credit option (Earth Science concentration students, please see note below)

NOTE: For those Environmental Science students who have declared a minor in Earth Sciences only, the free 0.5 credit option in winter term should be replaced with ERTH 1009.

Courses recommended as the elective option include (but are not limited to):

  • GEOM 2007–Introduction to GIS (Approved Science or Specialization course option)
  • ERTH 2403 –Introduction to Oceanography (required option course)
  • ERTH 2402–Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective (required option course)
  • GEOG 2020–Ecosystems of Canada (Arts and Social Science elective)
  • GEOM 1004-Maps, Satellites and the Geospatial Revolution