Environmental Science

High School Background Required
Life After Graduation
First Year Requirements
Further Information

Environmental problems, many of them caused by human activities, have become some of the most pressing issues facing society. Most of these problems have causes and potential solutions which involve several scientific disciplines. At Queen's we have developed a multidisciplinary program in Environmental Science which provides solid grounding in the natural and physical sciences, while recognizing the human and cultural dimensions of the issues.

To provide breadth of perspective, each student must complete 5 courses in basic science, including courses in each of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences and Mathematics. Students may enrol in our Major program (12.0 core credits) to obtain further expertise in a range of science topics. Students who wish to achieve significant depth in one area can enrol in our SSP program (17.0 or 17.5 credits), choosing one of five options: Earth Systems Science (Geography), Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology or Environmental Life Sciences. In addition, students in all science programs are exposed to the human and cultural context of environmental issues in a series of "integrative" credits, including environmental history, sociology, economics, and policy. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science (Honours, Environmental Science) degree which will equip them for a career in one of the many new fields of environmental science, or for advanced study.

See also Environmental Studies in the Social Sciences section.

High School Background Required

Grade 4U Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus, Chemistry and Physics or recognized equivalents required; Grade 4U Geometry and Discrete Mathematics, Biology or recognized equivalent is recommended.

Life After Graduation

  • Government agencies (such as the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Canada)
  • Environmental assessment/environmental effects monitoring/environmental analysis
  • Teaching/research
  • Law/journalism,non-governmental organizations

First Year Requirements

Go to Choose Your First Year Courses for more information

Further Information

Environmental Science Home Web Page
Phone: (613) 533-6602
Fax: (613) 533-6090
Email: KLM@queensu.ca

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