Get a science degree. Save the planet.
Get a solid grounding in science and math and still have lots of room to explore environment-related courses in geography, ecology, microbiology, hydrogeology, and more.
Specialize in Ecology and study the relationship between plants, animals, and their environment. Go the Geoscience route and probe the environmental impact of cities, agriculture, industry, and mining. Or specialize in Water Science and be a part of the global solution to planet-wide water issues.
Either way, you’ll be part of one of the top environmental science programs in Canada (QS rankings 2018) — and graduate with the scientific knowledge, creativity, and expertise you need to create a more sustainable world.
Green your campus
Don’t wait until you graduate to make a difference. Help create a greener environment through activities like the Sustainable Campus Initiative Project.
25+ field courses
Hone your hands-on skills. We offer a ton of upper-year field courses, from hydrogeology on our North Campus to marine biology in New Brunswick.
About the Environmental Science program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Environmental Science
Offered by the Faculty of Science
Environmental Science admission requirements
Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Two of: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics
- Recommended courses: Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics
Admission averages: Low 80s
An Admission Information Form is recommended.
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Careers in environmental science
Graduates of the program often pursue careers in environmental conservation, consulting, and geoscience research in the private sector or with government agencies such as Environment Canada.
- Environmental Assessment Coordinator, Environment Canada
- Environmental Scientist, Summit Environmental Consultant Inc
- Geochemical Analyst, Activation Laboratories Ltd.
- Project Manager, Peritus Environmental Consultants Inc.
- Scientific Support Technologist, Environment Canada
Sample first-year courses (Geoscience specialization)
September to December
BIOL 150 - Organismal and Evolutionary Ecology
EARTH 121/121L - Introductory Earth Sciences/Laboratory
CHEM 120/120L - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
PHYS 111 - Physics 1
January to April
BIOL 165 - Diversity of Life
EARTH 122/122L - Introductory Environmental Sciences/Laboratory
CHEM 123/123L - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
MATH 127 - Calculus 1 for the Sciences
ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
After first year
You must choose one of three specializations.
- Water Science: most classes you'll take will be Biology and Earth Science courses.
- Geoscience: most classes you’ll take will be Earth Science with some Biology and Chemistry courses.
- Ecology: most classes you’ll take will be Biology with some Earth Science courses.
View the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year Environmental Science courses
Customize your Bachelor of Science in Honours Environmental Science degree
For any of the specializations, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors as part of your degree.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
- Research and Development Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Environmental Services and Approvals
- Genomics Science Assistant
- Environmental Assistant
Sample co-op employers
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Yale University
- Hydro One Inc
- Environment Canada
- Charles Tennant Company (Canada) Ltd.