Undergraduate Chair: Allison Goebel
Graduate Chair: Heather Jamieson
Society has become more aware of the seriousness of environmental problems the world faces today and at the same time we have realized that solutions are not simple. No environmental issue can be treated in isolation from the society in which it exists. Therefore, to work in the environmental field, students need knowledge on the cause and magnitude of environmental problems, as well as expertise in planning, policy and other solutions within our complex socioeconomic- cultural world. The Environmental Studies programs require a concentration in the Sciences or the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Environmental courses include core introductory science courses in areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences and Mathematics, plus Integrative courses in subjects including Environmental History, Sociology, Economics, and Policy.
Specialization in Environmental Science (Earth System Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Life Sciences, or Toxicology)
An intensive, multidisciplinary course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline.
Major in Environmental Science
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.
Medial in Environmental Studies
A dual course of study in Environmental Studies and any other Arts discipline.
General in Environmental Studies
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.
For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar
Environmental Studies - PhD
Environmental Studies - MES (course-based)
Environmental Studies - MES (research-based)
Environmental Studies is one of the most interdisciplinary subjects available in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and it must be pursued in conjunction with another subject. Arts students may pursue the ENVS Medial Plan in conjunction another Medial Plan in the Arts. Or, they may pursue the ENVS Minor in conjunction with a Major in an Arts subject.
Science students can pursue the ENVS Minor Plan in conjunction with a Major in a Science subject. Science students may also pursue a Major or Specialization in Environmental Science.
Environmental Science is offered as a Major, which has fairly general first-year requirements, or as one of a number of Specializations, each of which has more specific requirements. If you are undecided, consider taking the Major requirements, substituting as recommended. Undecided? Follow the Major in Environmental Science.
Note that the initial requirements of this Plan leave no room for electives at first year. You may want to consider deferring the Geography or Geology requirements to second year.
Note that the initial requirements of this Plan leave no room for electives at first year. You may want to consider deferring the Geography or Biology requirements to second year.
Note that the initial requirements of this Plan leave no room for electives at first year. You may want to consider deferring the Biology or Physics requirements to second year.
Some of our Environmental Science and Environmental Studies grads work in the following industries:
Any 4U Mathematics and Chemistry or recognized equivalents recommended.
The Environmental Studies, Department Student Council (DSC) acts as a liaison between the students of the School of Environmental Studies and faculty members. We represent ENSC students at monthly faculty and curriculum meetings as well as school functions.
AND the fun part . . . we get to organize departmental events! Some events that are typical during an academic year are Pizza with Profs, Beer with Profs, Careers Night, as well as a clothing sale. There is always room for suggestions for new event ideas!
The DSC holds weekly meetings to discuss any issues or upcoming events. These meetings are open to anyone in the Environmental Studies program.
To sum it all up, the responsibility of the DSC is to work for you. What would we love in return? Your IDEAS and FEEDBACK. If you would like to see the DSC organize an event, please let us know. Or if you have any suggestions for the program or curriculum, please inform us so we can bring it up at the next appropriate meeting.
The School of Environmental Studies offers the following options:
Mandate:to provide outstanding graduate training at the doctoral level in sustainability & sustainable practices, facilitating interdisciplinarity across Queen’s faculties. Degree Level Expectations and Learning Outcomes
The minimum guaranteed funding is $19,000 per year for 48 months.
Master's of Environmental Studies (MES)
The MES program at Queen's University provides graduate level training in the field of Environmental Sustainability by practicing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the long-term nature and impacts of environmental change, the connections between today's decisions and tomorrow's welfare, and the strong dependence of human well-being on environmental quality. Degree Level Expectations and Learning Outcomes
The MES program meets a growing student demand for post-graduate training relevant to environmental careers in industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. It responds to a very strong market in Canada for professionals with environmentally related skills (Environmental Careers Organization).
The minimum guaranteed funding for 2013-14 is $16,150/year to students who are accepted into our program. This stipend is our Basic level of funding and is pro-rated based on the duration of study: 20 months (5 semesters) for a course-based MES, and 24 months (6 semesters) for a research-based MES.
Research by the faculty associated with the School of Environmental Studies is currently directed toward three distinct, yet overlapping areas:
Within these major themes, we focus on sustainability through a multidisciplinary approach involving the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
The ASU is a CALA accredited (for specific tests) environmental analytical laboratory, which has been providing analytical services at Queen's University for over 25 Years.
The unit is available to assist industry, government, the university community and the public with analytical chemistry problems. The ASU also has experience to assist with environmental assessments and associated activities.
The ASU has aided 50 professors in 20 different departments of the university and over 200 industrial organizations with chemical analysis problems. The unit also accommodates the special needs of clients such as analytical method development and specific research projects, both large and small.
After graduating in 2007 from ENSC, Pauline Lie travelled to Hong Kong for an internship with Ocean Park – a world-renowned marine theme park. For three years following that she put her schooling to use as the Environmental Officer focusing on corporate environmental affairs and governance. She found it very interesting to work in a company where virtually every industry is present in its cross-functional infrastructure (i.e. engineering, retail, operations, sales & marketing, finance, legal compliance, etc.). – something that ENSC prepared her well for.