Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Environmental Life Sciences – Specialization (Science) – Bachelor of Science (Honours)


Subject: Administered by the School of Environmental Studies in partnership with the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.
Plan: Consists of 105.00 units as described below.
Program: The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
BIOL 102Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology3.00
BIOL 103Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems3.00
B. Complete the following:
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
C. Complete the following:
GPHY 101Human Geography3.00
GPHY 102Physical Geography and Natural Resources3.00
D. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
The Dynamic Earth
History of Life
E. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
MATH at the 100-level
STAT at the 200- or 300-level
F. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
STAT at the 200- or 300-level
G. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Fundamental Physics
General Physics
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
Basic Physics
H. Complete the following:
PHGY 215Principles of Mammalian Physiology l3.00
PHGY 216Principles of Mammalian Physiology ll3.00
I. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Fundamental Microbiology
Introduction to Microbiology
J. Complete the following:
CHEM 281General Organic Chemistry I (with Virtual Laboratory)3.00
CHEM 282General Organic Chemistry II3.00
K. Complete the following:
BCHM 218Molecular Biology3.00
L. Complete the following:
BCHM 315Proteins and Enzymes3.00
BCHM 316Metabolism3.00
M. Complete the following:
PHAR 416Xenobiotic Disposition and Toxicity3.00
N. Complete the following
ENSC 103Environment and Sustainability3.00
O. Complete the following:
ENSC 230Principles of Sustainability3.00
ENSC 330Applications of Sustainability3.00
P. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Honours Projects in Environmental Sustainability
Independent Environmental Study
2. Option
A. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
GEOL at any level
B. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Diversity of Life
Scientific Methods in Biology
C. Complete 3.00 units from the following course list:3.00
D. Complete 21.00 units from the following course list:21.00
Elective Courses15.00
Total Units120.00

3. Substitutions

A. ENSC 502 may be substituted for requirement 1.P. and a further 6.00 units in electives and/or Plan requirements as approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.   

4. Notes

A. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in COMM, LAW, NURS and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Environmental Life Sciences Course Lists

The following lists contain courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.6 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Options in the Environmental Life Sciences Plan
ANAT 215Principles of Human Morphology I3.00
ANAT 216Principles of Human Morphology II3.00
BCHM 482Proteomics and Metabolomics3.00
BIOL 205Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3.00
BCHM 370Genetics and Genomics3.00
CANC 380Evolutionary Biology of Cancer3.00
CHEE 342Environmental Biotechnology3.00
CHEE 484Bioremediation3.00
EPID 301Principles of Epidemiology3.00
ENSC 501Independent Environmental Study6.00
GPHY 339Medical Geography3.00
HLTH 237An Introduction to Drugs, Drug Use and Drug Dependence3.00
MICR 320Microbes in Health and Disease3.00
MICR 360Immunology3.00
MICR 433Microbial Diversity3.00
MICR 435Advanced Procaryotic Structure and Function3.00
MICR 436Microbial Genetics3.00
MICR 450Principles of Molecular Virology3.00
MICR 451Viral Pathogenesis3.00
MICR 452Viral Infection and Immunity3.00
PHAR 230Pharmacology for the Health Sciences3.00
PHAR 340Principles of General Pharmacology I3.00
PHAR 450Principles of General Pharmacology II3.00
REPD 416Biology of Reproduction3.00
ANAT 499Research Project in Anatomy and Cell Biology12.00
CANC 499Research Project in Cancer Biology and Genetics12.00
EPID 499Research Project in Epidemiology12.00
MICR 499Research Project in Microbiology and Immunology12.00
NSCI 499Research Project in Neuroscience12.00
PATH 499Research Project in Pathology12.00
PHAR 499Research Project in Pharmacology and Toxicology12.00
PHGY 499Research Project in Physiology12.00
REPD 499Research Project in Reproduction and Development12.00


Environmental Science/Studies Interdisciplinary Humanities Options
CLST 214Ancient Science3.00
DEVS 220Introduction to Indigenous Studies3.00
DEVS 221Indigenous Studies II - Resistance and Resurgence3.00
PHIL 203Science and Society3.00
PHIL 293Humans and the Natural World3.00
PHIL 310Development Ethics3.00
PHIL 493Ethics and the Environment3.00
RELS 235Religion and Environment3.00


Options in the Environmental Science Specialization Plans, List B
BIOL 335Limnology and Aquatic Ecology3.00
ENSC 307Marine Environmental Issues3.00
ENSC 201Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Risks3.00
ENSC 301Environmental Assessment3.00
ENSC 320Wildlife Issues in a Changing World3.00
ENSC 407Global Water Issues3.00
ENSC 425Ecotoxicology3.00
ENSC 471Environmental Analysis Methods3.00
ENSC 480Special Topics in Environmental Science3.00
GEOL 107History of Life3.00
GEOL 200Oceanography3.00
GPHY 207Principles of Biogeography3.00
GPHY 209Weather and Climate3.00
GPHY 304Northern and Arctic Environments3.00
GPHY 306Natural Environmental Change3.00
GPHY 312Watershed Hydrology3.00
GPHY 314Climate Change3.00
GPHY 317Soil, Environment, and Society3.00
GPHY 318Advanced Biogeography3.00
GPHY 319Contemporary Energy Resources3.00