Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of the environment, its functioning and its relationship to human activities. 

Society has a growing need for specialists able to recognize, understand, solve and prevent environmental problems. 

The Environmental Science program at the University of Ottawa focuses on the integration of traditional science disciplines (e.g. biology, earth sciences, chemistry, physics) to study the natural environment and the impact of human activities. The program consists of a core of basic science courses complemented by courses in various disciplines that address the scientific and societal aspects of environmental problems. In addition, the program offers three areas of specialization: conservation and biodiversity; global change; and environmental geochemistry and ecotoxicology. The final year entails an independent research project or equivalent units in advanced courses in the specialization.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
EVS 1101Introduction to Environmental Science3 Units
GEG 1302Places and Spaces of Human Activity3 Units
GEO 1111Introduction to Earth Systems3 Units
GEO 1115Introduction to Earth Materials3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
PHY 1321Principles of Physics I3 Units
BIO 2129Ecology3 Units
CHM 2353Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
GEG 2320Introduction to Geomatics3 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
BIO 3117Ecosystem Ecology3 Units
EVS 3101Environmental Issues3 Units
EVS 3102The Practice of Environmental Science3 Units
EVS 3120Environmental Microbiology3 Units
GEO 3342Introduction to Hydrogeology3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Geological Data Analysis
Applied Biostatistics
9 course units from:9 Units
Research Project
or 9 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Geography (GEG) or from one of the options in the Honours BSc in Environmental Science program
EVS 4010Field Course in Environmental Science3 Units
EVS 4904Seminar3 Units
12 elective course units offered by the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Managment12 Units
6 optional course units offered by the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering6 Units
24 course units from the Conservation and Biodiversity Option, the Global Change Option, or the Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotoxicology Option24 Units
Total: 120 Units

Conservation and Biodiversity Option 

BIO 2135Animal Form and Function3 Units
BIO 2137Introduction to Plant Science: Biodiversity to Biotechnology3 Units
BIO 3115Conservation Biology3 Units
ENV 3321Human and Policy Dimensions of Environmental Change3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Paleontology
Quaternary Geology and Climate Change
9 optional course units at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Geography (GEG) or from one of the options in the Honours BSc in Environmental Science program9 Units

Global Change Option

GEG 2304Climatology3 Units
GEO 2334Quaternary Geology and Climate Change3 Units
12 optional course units from:12 Units
Spatial Ecology
Human and Policy Dimensions of Environmental Change
Hydrology
Remote Sensing
Geography of Polar Regions
Biogeography
Natural Resource and Environmental Management
Advanced GIS
Glaciology
Permafrost Environments
Quaternary Paleoenvironments
Environmental Impact Assessment
Global Climate Change
Permafrost Geomorphology
6 optional course units at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Geography (GEG) or from one of the options in the Honours BSc in Environmental Science program6 Units

Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotoxicology Option

BIO 2110Environmental Physiology3 Units
BIO 4146Ecotoxicology3 Units
BIO 4156Freshwater Ecology3 Units
CHM 2313Environmental Chemistry3 Units
CHM 2354Analytical Chemistry3 Units
GEO 2163Introduction to Mineralogy3 Units
6 optional course units at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Geography (GEG) or from one of the options in the Honours BSc in Environmental Science program6 Units

List of Optional Courses

Optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering or the Department of Geography (GEG)
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 3103Field Biology3 Units
BIO 3124General Microbiology3 Units
BIO 3126General Microbiology Laboratory3 Units
BIO 3154Population and Community Ecology3 Units
BIO 3158Vertebrate Zoology3 Units
BIO 3176Animal Behaviour3 Units
BIO 3333Entomology3 Units
BIO 3334Invertebrate Zoology3 Units
BIO 3924Biology of Algae and Fungi3 Units
BIO 4101Pesticides and the Environment3 Units
BIO 4162Tropical Ecology3 Units
BPS 3102Principles of Toxicology and Pharmacology3 Units
CHG 4381Biochemical Engineering3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 3120Intermediate Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3126Laboratory of Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4155Polymer and Applied Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4354Principles of Instrumental Analysis3 Units
CVG 2132Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3 Units
DVM 2105Introduction to International Development: Historical Perspectives3 Units
DVM 3125Environmental Policies, Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development3 Units
DVM 3135Food Security and International Development3 Units
GEG 3106Cities and Social Change3 Units
GEG 3303Health Geography3 Units
GEG 3306Quaternary Paleogeography3 Units
GEG 3312Advanced GIS3 Units
GEG 4104Methodological and Theoretical Approaches in Geography and Environmental Studies3 Units
GEG 4118Environmental Impact Assessment3 Units
GEG 4120GIS and Numerical Spatial Analysis3 Units
GEG 4121Applications of GIS in Natural and Social Sciences3 Units
GEO 2166Oceanography3 Units
GEO 3382Geochemistry3 Units
GEO 4341Advanced Physical Hydrogeology3 Units
GEO 4342Natural and Contaminant Groundwater Geochemistry3 Units
GEO 4354Quantitative Analysis in Geology3 Units
GEO 4382Advanced Geochemistry3 Units
MAT 3377Sampling and Surveys3 Units