Courses for your Climate and Environmental Change degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • GEOG 181 – Designing Effective Maps
  • GEOG 102 – Environmental Systems: Processes and Change
  • ENVS 178 – Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
  • EARTH 121 – Introductory Earth Sciences
  • One course from
    • MATH 104 – Introductory Calculus for Arts and Social Science
    • MATH 127 – Calculus 1 for the Sciences

January to April

  • GEOG 101 – Human Geographies: People, Space and Change
  • ENGL 109 – Introduction to Academic Writing
  • GEOG 207 – Climate Change Fundamentals
  • ENVS 278 – Applied Statistics for Environmental Research
  • One course from

This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Geography courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View the required courses you'll take in the program.

Sample upper-year courses

ENVS 200 – Field Ecology
GEOG 205 – Principles of Geomorphology
GEOG 407 – Environmental Hydrology of Terrestrial Ecosystems
GEOG 420 – Ice Sheets and Glaciers


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Environment recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Climate and Environmental Change degree program.