Current undergraduate students

Undergraduate Advisor

Your best source of information is your Undergraduate Advisor for your questions or concerns about academic regulations, policies and procedures –including any other question(s) you may have relating to all aspects of your undergraduate studies in Environment.   Contact SERS UG Advisor:   Patti Bester.

Plan requirements overview

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) offers two plans of study leading to a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) degree: a SERS Honours (4 year) plan and also a SERS Honours Co-op (4 and 3/4 year) plan. 

Degree 'average requirements' are the same whether you're in the SERS Honours Regular or SERS Honours Co-op plan. SERS major average must be 70% and SERS overall average must be 65%. The number of 0.5 unit courses required to graduate is 40 (equivalent to 20 units). Students in SERS Honours Co-op will also complete four additional professional development courses as part of their co-op plan.

Of these 40 courses, 27 courses (13.5 units) must be above 100-level. This means that 13 courses (6.5 units) can be at 100-level. There is no restriction on the number of 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year courses.

Note that SERS core courses are unique to this plan of study and therefore, we will normally not permit core course credit for courses taken at another institution. Students wishing to go on exchange or study elsewhere should plan to stay longer to finish their SERS requirements, or adjust their schedules to ensure they are on campus for core course offerings in the term that they are available.  Note the SERS core courses are generally offered once per year in a particular term.  Terms are shown in the Sequence of Courses page. 

English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) milestone is required for all SERS students to graduate. This must be completed by the end of 2B term or 2nd year. Effective Fall 2015, a grade of 65% or higher in core ERS 101 course will achieve the ELPE milestone.  As well, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) credit is also a required milestone and can be completed online.

To remain in good standing, students in both SERS Honours Regular and SERS Honours Co-op plans must maintain an average of 70% in "major" courses (includes ERS and ENVS courses), and 65% overall (all courses) every term.

These requirements are applicable to all SERS students and are in addition to the requisite curriculum schedules.

In summary, at a minimum, SERS requires six items to graduate: 

  1. ELPE Milestone
  2. 40 courses total, or 20.0 units
  3. ERS core course requirements (7.5 units)
  4. Seven  ERS/ENV S core electives (3.5 units)
  5. 27/40 courses above 100-level.
  6. Averages of 65% overall and 70% major.

Students in SERS Co-op must also fulfill:

  1. 4 successful work term placements
  2. 4 Professional Development (PD) courses
  3. 4 successful work term reports, due after EVERY work term placement. 

In Fall 2017, SERS will have a new UG Curriculum.  To see how this affects you as a current student who entered SERS before Fall 2017, see the your revised Curriculum Checklist below.  These lists all show the courses  under the new number and display the old number in brackets. 

Follow the checklist for your year of entry into SERS.

To graduate, refer to your checklist from the year you started:

SERS Joint Honours

Students in other University of Waterloo honours plans wishing to do a joint honours degree with SERS as the second major are required to complete all SERS core courses, plus 3 ERS/ENVS elective courses. Students can elect to complete either plan's senior honours courses or thesis requirement, worth 1.0 unit. SERS required averages must be maintained.

Joint Honours with SERS plan must be approved by the Undergraduate Advisor, using a 'plan modification' form.

ERS Honours with a Specialization

Students in SERS can elect to add a specialization to their plan in the form of a minor, option, diploma, or certificate.  Students are not limited to the number of spec