Get a science degree. Save the planet.
Get a solid grounding in science and geography and still have lots of room to explore environment-related courses in math, ecology, microbiology, hydrology, 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.
Any route you choose, whether you want to gain paid work experience through co-op or not, you’ll be part of one of the top environmental science programs in Canada (QS World Rankings 2019) — and graduate with the scientific knowledge, creativity, and expertise you need to create a more sustainable world.
Environmental Science admission requirements
Ontario students: six 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
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Sample first-year courses (Geoscience specialization)
September to December
January to April
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 courses
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Environmental Science
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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
- Water treatment project assistant
- Research and development technician
- Laboratory technician
- Environmental services and approvals assistant
- Undergraduate research assistant
- Science peer tutor
Sample co-op employers
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Yale University
- Hydro One Inc.
- Environment & Climate Change Canada
- City of Toronto
- Toronto District School Board
- Natural Resources Canada
Specializations available in Ecology, Geoscience, and Water Science
Offered by the Faculty of Science
Waterloo ranks 3rd in Ontario for Environmental Sciences
Customize your 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 expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Environmental Science students include Biology, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, and Environment, Resources, and Sustainability.
What can I do with a degree 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in science.
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.
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Department of Environmental Science website
- Email our Science recruitment team, who can answer any questions about the program
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