Environmental Science/Studies - Undergraduate Program - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Environmental Science/Studies @ UWin

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Food and water security for all North Americans depends on the Great Lakes, and environmental scientists play a critical role in their management and sustainability. Here, at the heart of the Great Lakes, we provide our students with comprehensive and balanced training in the physical and living environment – atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere. Through a systems-based approach, you will learn and apply a diversity of scientific tools and skills to understand the structure, function and health of this globally important freshwater resource. Our students have the skills employers are looking for!

Sample Courses: Environmental Systems, Biological Diversity, Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems, Global Water Crisis, Introduction to Climate Change

Career Tracks: Environmental scientist, GIS technician, sustainability specialist, hydrologist, research scientist

Professional Designation Possible: PGO (Professional Geoscientists Ontario)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Chemistry/SCH4U, Biology/SBI4U. English/ENG4U.
Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U, Physics/SPH4U
Minimum Average: 70% (70% average in all science and math courses)
Mean Average: 88%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Sustaining human populations while maintaining environmental quality and diversity is the greatest challenge of our age. Addressing this challenge requires a new generation of multidisciplinary specialists in human-environment interactions. Pursue your diverse environmental interests in one of the first truly multidisciplinary programs of its kind in the country. Combine study of environmental science, law, policy, ethics and management, among others, to produce a unique educational experience with the relevant knowledge and skills required by potential employers.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Humans and the Environment, Biological Diversity, Environmental Policy and Ethics, Field Methods for Environmental Studies

Specialization Options: Resource Management, Environmental Values and Policy

Career Tracks: Environmental auditor, conservation officer, policy analyst/regulator, climate change manager, environmental health and safety specialist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average: 81%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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If high achievement and diverse academic pursuits are in your DNA, this elite program is for you. It’s for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. Blend your interests – drama with biomedical sciences or biochemistry with music. You can tailor your program to match your interests and career aspirations. Our students can pursue diverse career opportunities or go on to do research or graduate degrees in their field. This program is small by design to give your talents the attention they deserve.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science; Modes and Methods of Inquiry; Inquiry and Communication; Science, Ethics and Social Policy

Specialization Options: Students choose a major or double major and a minor (in FAHSS or Science). Available major and minor concentrations: Anthrozoology; Biological Sciences; Biomedical Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Media and Film; Computer Science; Dramatic Art; Economics; English Language, Literature and Creative Writing; History; Languages, Literatures and Civilizations; Mathematics and Statistics; Music and Visual Arts; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies

Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), law, graduate studies, medical director

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U and two of Biology/SBI4U, Physics/SPH4U, or Chemistry/SCH4U. English/ENG4U.
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 80%
Mean Average: 85%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
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What Will I Learn?

  • Understand and analyze the impact of natural and human influences on economic, political, cultural, and environmental systems
  • Discuss major topics in environmental science and studies, including climate change, population trends and globalization, resource management, and environmental assessment and monitoring
  • Observe and assess changes in various environments and interpret their impact on biogeochemical systems

  • Operate advanced scientific laboratory equipment and field instruments
  • Acquire, organize, and interpret accurate data sets; perform statistical analyses
  • Propose optimal land use and resource allocation for conservation and sustainability
  • Visualize and model complex environmental datasets using geospatial technologies


Number of Graduates (2020)



*Two Years after Graduation (OUGS Physical Sciences, 2020)

Explore your opportunities

  • Agricultural specialist
  • Air quality specialist
  • Business advisor
  • Climate change manager
  • Compliance officer
  • Conservation officer
  • Consultant
  • Data entry technician
  • EHS specialist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forest ecologist
  • GIS technician
  • Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Meteorologist
  • Modeller
  • Park ranger
  • Policy analyst/regulator
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Research scientist
  • Soil scientist
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Teacher
  • Waste management director
  • Water quality control
  • Wildlife management

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