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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, Physics/SPH4U
Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U, Physics/SPH4U
Minimum Average: 70% (70% average in all science and math courses)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 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

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 81%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

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, 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
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 80%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 85%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • 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 (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Physical Sciences, 2017)

Career Tracks*

  • Agricultural specialist
  • Air quality specialist
  • Business advisor
  • 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

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia and research
  • Agriculture and food science
  • Conservation and outreach
  • Ecosystem assessment/management
  • Education: Curriculum design, teaching
  • Energy and mineral resources sector
  • Government: Enforcement and policy development
  • Health, law, and business professions
  • Industry: Environmental consultation and assessment
  • Water resource assessment and management

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

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Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)