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 program-requirements

 

The Major consists of an Environmental Science Core which provides a broad appreciation of the interrelationships inherent in any study of the environment and one of two possible streams which provide the depth and focus for the degree program.

1.  Environmental Science Core

The student must complete at least 45 credit hours as follows:

a. 
Biology 1001,1002, 2600
Earth Science
1000
Mathematics
1000*, Statistics 2550 or equivalent
One of Physics
1020* or 1050* and one of Physics 1021* or 1051*
Environmental Science
4000
Environmental Science 4950 (or 4951, see Requirements for Honours in Environmental Science)
 
b.
At least two of:

Anthropology 3083
Economics 2010
Environmental Studies 3000
Environmental Studies 4000
Philosophy 2809 (new course 2561)
Political Science 3550
Political Science 3731
Religious Studies 3880

 

c.
At least three of:

Environmental Science 2261
Environmental Science 2360
Environmental Science 2370
Environmental Science 2371
Environmental Science 2430
Environmental Science 2450
Environmental Science 3072
Environmental Science 3470
Environmental Studies 2000**

*It is strongly recommended that students considering the Chemistry stream of the Environmental Science program complete these courses in their first year.

** This course is strongly recommended for the Biology Stream of the Environmental Science program

2. Environmental Science Streams

Students must complete at least 39 credit hours in one of the following streams:

a.
Biology Stream:
 
Biology 2010, 2122
Chemistry 1200/1001 sequence or Chemistry 1011***/1031*** sequence or Chemistry 1050/1051*** sequence, and one of Chemistry 2210 or 2300 or 2440 or 2400/2401 sequence, or Chemistry 1010/1011*** sequence and Chemistry 2440
Environmental Science 3110, 3130, 3131, 4132, 4140 (or equivalent field course)  
Two of Environmental Science 4069, 4131,
4133, 4240, 4479 
One additional laboratory (Science/Statistics/GIS) course beyond the first year level excluding Environmental Science Core courses. A course used to fulfill a stream requirement cannot also be used as a Group c. course in the Environmental Science Core.
b.
Chemistry Stream:
 
Chemistry 1200/1001 sequence or Chemistry 1011***/1031*** sequence or Chemistry 1050/1051*** sequence.  It is strongly recommended that students complete one of these sequences of Chemistry courses in their first year.
Chemistry 2210, 2300, and 2400/2401 or equivalent
Environmental Science 2261, 3210, 3211, 3260, 3261, 4230
Two of Environmental Science 4069, 4131, 4240, 4249, 4479
Mathematics 1001 which should be completed in the first year of studies
 
*** Note that these Chemistry courses are offered at the St. John's campus

General Program Requirements

The general BSc in environmental science requires 120 credit-hours, usually earned over a four-year course of study. Of those credit-hours required for the degree, between 80 to 90 are compulsory.

All students take basic biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, math and statistics courses. Some of the other required or recommended courses include, e.g., ecology, atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, meteorology, environmental restoration, global environmental change and soil systems. Senior courses include an environmental seminar and a one-semester research project.

Grenfell College is a liberal arts institution with the philosophy that graduates need to know about more than their area of specialization in order to be able to make their maximum contribution to our society. Therefore, in addition to the courses which you will complete for your specialization (Environmental Science), you will also be required to complete a college core programme that is specially designed to round out your education. The college core applies both to general and honours degrees.

 

Requirements for Honours in Environmental Science (B.Sc.)

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Science offers greater concentration in the discipline and also requires a higher level of academic achievement than is required for completion of the general degree. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is a 120 credit hour program normally requiring four years for completion. (See Regulations for the Honours Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.) Students will normally not be allowed to repeat courses to fulfil the academic standing criteria for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science. For students completing an Honours degree in "open" programs the appropriate courses to be used in calculation of academic standing will be determined by the program unit and will be approved by the Academic Studies Committee.

The following requirements govern the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science:

1. Course Requirements

a.
Students must meet the General Regulations for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Bachelor of Science degree.
 
b.
Candidates must also complete:
 
i) the Environmental Science Core requirements
 
ii) the course requirements of a specific stream
 
c.
Candidates must complete 3 additional credit hours in courses at the 4000 level. These courses normally will be drawn from the candidate's honours stream as follows:
 
i) For the Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology), a further course chosen from: Environmental Science 4069, 4131, 4133, 4240, 4479
 
ii) For the Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Chemistry), a further course chosen from: Environmental Science 4069, 4131, 4240, 42494479
 
d.
Students, in close consultation with a faculty advisor and the agreement of the Chair of the Program, may select fourth-year honours requirement courses in place of those required in Section 1.c. (above), so long as such selections are consistent with the Major to which they are added. Such honours selections will be subject to approval by the Academic Studies committee.
 
e.
Honours graduates of the Environmental Science Program will have also completed a two-semester research project consisting of a research proposal and literature review course (Environmental Science 4951) and a research project course (Environmental Science 4959).
 

 

2. Honours Dissertation

The honours project sequence (Environmental Science 4951 and 4959) involves the production of an honours dissertation. This dissertation will be evaluated by a three member committee that includes the dissertation supervisor(s) and that is approved by the Environmental Science faculty unit.

3. Academic Standing

In order to graduate with an Honours degree, the candidate must satisfy the regulations regarding academic standings specified under Regulations for the Honours Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Courses used to calculate the academic standing as outlined in the General Regulations for an Honours Degree at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College include all required Environmental Science and Chemistry courses for the Chemistry stream students and all required Environmental Science and Biology courses for the Biology stream students, excluding, in both cases, 1000 level courses.

More specifically, courses normally used for calculations would be:

Biology Stream:

Biology 2010, 2122, 2600
Three of: Environmental Science 2261, 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 2450, 3072, 3470, or Environmental Studies 2000
Environmental Science 3110, 3130, 3131, 4132, 4140 (or equivalent)
Three of: Environmental Science 4069, 4131, 4133, 4240, 4479
Environmental Science  4000, 4951, 4959

Chemistry Stream:

Chemistry 2210, 2300, 2400, 2401
Two of Environmental Science 2360, 2370, 2371, 2430, 2450, 3072, 3470 or Environmental Studies 2000
Environmental Science 2261, 3210, 3211, 3260, 3261, 4230
Three of: Environmental Science 4069, 4131, 4240, 4249, 4479
Environmental Science 4000, 4951, 4959

NOTE: For students completing an Honours degree in "open" programs the appropriate courses to be used in calculation of academic standing will be determined by the program unit and will be approved by the Academic Studies Committee.

See also the Biology Stream and Chemistry Stream sample program web pages and the University Calendar .

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While every reasonable effort has been made to provide accurate program information here, if there are any differences between this information and that in the official University Calendar, the published Memorial University of Newfoundland Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

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AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).

 

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