The School of the Environment offers a range of specialist, major, and minor programs, some in collaboration with other departments, that integrate scientific, social and ethical perspectives on the environment, transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students are encouraged to pair a School of the Environment program with program(s) rooted in the traditional disciplines, thus providing the benefits of both interdisciplinary breadth and disciplinary depth. This section provides information on the School’s programs and application/admissions procedures. For program details, please consult the Faculty of Arts & Science online calendar.
There are also environmental programs offered by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, and Environmental Biology), the Department of Earth Sciences (Earth and Environmental Systems), the Department of Geography (Environmental Geography and Physical and Environmental Geography), the Faculty of Forestry (Forest Conservation and Forest Biomaterials Science), the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy Minors), and at the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses. For information on the Juris (Doctorate) Law Program, please visit the Faculty of Law website.
To apply to any School of the Environment Programs & Courses, log in to ACORN. The entire application process can be started and monitored from ACORN. For Type 2 programs, check on ACORN to determine if you have been invited into the program to which you have applied. Should you have questions about School programs, including the application process, please contact David Powell, Undergraduate Student Advisor, at: email@example.com.
The School offers the Environmental Science BSc major and minor programs, and the Environment Studies BA major and minor programs. These are recommended to be taken in conjunction with another program(s) in a traditional cognate academic field (e.g. Physics, Sociology). We consider this an ideal combination of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth. For program details, please consult the Faculty of Arts & Science online calendar.
The Collaborative Programs (co-sponsored by the School of the Environment) combine the School’s interdisciplinary core with a focused set of discipline-specific courses. Most of these programs are available only as a Specialist, Major or Minor. Please check the listings below for availability.
For more information on all of the collaborative programs listed below, please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar Listings.
This minor program focuses on understanding issues of psychological motivation and attitudes that underlie environmental decision-making. Little positive environmental change can occur in the absence of broad-based behaviour changes.
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Geography and the School of the Environment.
This interdisciplinary minor program addresses the scientific, technological, environmental and policy aspects of energy use and supply, with a focus on the reduction of environmental impacts.
Jointly sponsored by the Human Biology Program (a collaborative program of the Faculty of Arts&Science and the Faculty of Medicine), and the School of the Environment.This program is designed to provide a basic understanding of behaviour of the planet Earth, the workings of the human body, and the relationship between the two. The program also introduces students to the economic, political and cultural influences that govern the choices that we make about the environment, and the implications of those choices for human health. This program description applies to both the specialist and major programs.
Jointly sponsored by Department of Chemistry and the School of the Environment.
This specialist program brings the basic science orientation of Environmental Science to a fundamental background in Chemistry as applied to understanding the chemical impacts of humankind’s activities on the soil, water, and air. Emphasis is given to developing the analytical skills and mechanistic understanding of the subject.
Jointly sponsored by Department of Philosophy and the School of the Environment.
This program explores how value judgements and worldviews affect environmental decision-making. This program description applies to both the major and minor programs.
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences (formerly Geology) and the School of the Environment.
This program focuses on physical, chemical and biological events that have occurred over the past 4.5 billion years, including the present influences of humans as agents of geological change. Topics include earth materials, sedimentary geology, aqueous geochemistry, hydrogeology and biogeochemistry.
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the School of the Environment.
Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemicals. This program brings the basic science orientation of Environmental Science together with the examination of the adverse effects of chemicals to human beings and ecosystems. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers related to environmental toxicology, including positions in chemical industries, government, and research and academia. Students interested in biomedical toxicology (the adverse effects of toxic chemicals on human health) should consider enrolling in the Specialist Program in Biomedical Toxicology offered by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Intended for students interested in acquiring a limited body of environmental knowledge in a specific discipline:
- Environmental Anthropology (BA)
- Environmental Biology (BSc)
- Environmental Chemistry (BSc)
- Environmental Economics (BA)
- Environmental Geosciences (BSc)
- Environmental Geography (BA)
- Geographic Information Systems (BA)
- Physical & Environmental Geography (BSc)
For more information on Directed Environmental Minors listed above, please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar. Please note that these minors are offered and administered by other departments, so questions and inquiries should be directed to them.
Program Types & Subject POSt codes
|Program POSt Codes||TYPE|
|Environmental Science (B.Sc.) ASMAJ1076, ASMIN1555||2|
|Environmental Studies (B.A.) ASMAJ1254, ASMIN1254||1|
|Environmental Chemistry (B.Sc.) ASSPE2543||1|
|Environment & Health (B.Sc.) ASSPE0365||1|
|Environmental Geoscience (B.Sc.) ASSPE1253||1|
|Environment and Toxicology (B.Sc.) ASSPE0605||2L|
|Environmental Ethics (B.A.) ASMAJ1107, ASMIN1107||1|
|Environment and Behaviour (B.Sc.) ASMIN1551
Environment and Energy (B.Sc.) ASMIN1552
|Directed Environmental Minors|
|Environmental Anthropology (B.A.) ASMIN1291
Environmental Biology (B.Sc.) ASMIN1390
Environmental Chemistry (B.Sc.) ASMIN2543
Environmental Geosciences (B.Sc.) ASMIN1253
Environmental Geography (B.A.) ASMIN1252
Geographic Information Systems (B.A.) ASMIN0305
Physical and Environmental Geography (B.Sc.) ASMIN2030
|Type 1 minors|
|Environmental Economics (B.A.) ASMIN1438||2|