Sir Wilfred Grenfell College


Programme Chair: Dr. W. Iams


The B.Sc. in Environmental Science requires the completion of at least 120 credit hours. The student will complete an Environmental Science Core (51-54 credit hours), providing a broad appreciation of the interrelationships inherent in any study of the environment, and a more specific stream (at least 30 credit hours) which will provide the depth and focus for the degree programme. Students must ensure that their chosen combination of required and elective courses meets the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Core Programme requirements.

Environmental Science Core

The Environmental Science Core Requirements are outlined below. New courses in the Environmental Science Core are designated "ENVS" for Environmental Science and are numbered according to the scheme outlined under the heading "New Course Numbering".

The student must complete:

(a) Biology 1001, 1002, 2600
Chemistry 1200*, 1001*
Mathematics 1000* (or 1080 and 1081)
Statistics 2550 or equivalent
Environmental Science 4000(Environmental Science Seminar)
Environmental Science 4950 (Research Project in Environmental Science I)

(b) one of the following pairs:

Earth Science 1000/1001
Geography 1000/2102
Physics 1020*/1021* (or 1050/1054)

(c) at least two of:

Anthropology 3083 (Cultural Crises and the Environment)
Economics 2010 (Introduction to Microeconomics)
Environmental Studies 3000 (Environmental Economics)
Philosophy 2809 (Environmental Ethics)
Political Science 3550 (Politics and Environment)
Political Science 3731 (Environmental Policy)
Religious Studies 3880 (Spirituality and Environment)

(d) at least three of:

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

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

Stream Requirements

Courses required in each stream are listed below:

Biology stream (ESB)

(a) Biology 2010, 2122, 3041, 3610, 4360, 4820 or equivalent
Chemistry 2300 or 2440
Environmental Science 3130, 4130 or Environmental Science 4131

One other laboratory Science or Statistics course beyond the first year level approved by the Programme Chair.

(b) a second pair beyond the pair selected from Environmental Science Core (b):

Earth Science 1000/1001
Geography 1000/2102
Physics 1020/1021 (or 1050/1054)

Chemistry stream (ESCh)

Chemistry 2210, 2300 or 2400/2401 or equivalent
Environmental Science 3210, 3211, 3260, 3261, 4230, 4240
Mathematics 1001*

* It is strongly recommended that students complete asterisked courses in their first year.

Students who have graduated from the three-year Environmental Technology Diploma Programme offered by Westviking College, or who are in their final semester of this programme, can apply for entry with Advanced Standing into the Environmental Science Degree Programme offered at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. See Articulation Agreement with Westviking College.


The Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College offers greater concentration than is allowed for the completion of a general degree while still meeting the Core Program requirements of the Grenfell College Bachelor's degree. The Honours degree also requires a higher level of academic achievement than required for 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. The following requirements govern the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

1. Residence Requirements

See General Regulations for an Honours degree in Arts and Science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

2. Course Requirements for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science.

a) Students must meet the Core Requirements for a Grenfell College Bachelor of Science degree.

b) In addition to the College Core program requirements, those students who have declared an intention to pursue the honours program in Environmental Science must complete the Environmental Science Core requirements and the course requirements of a specific stream, as well as any other courses to achieve a total of at least 120-credit hours.

c) Honours candidates must complete six-credit hours in courses at the fourth-year level beyond those included in the general degree specialization (or stream). These courses normally are drawn from the candidate's honours specialization as follows:

1) For the honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology):

Any two courses from:

Biology 4306 (Applied Biology)
Environmental Science 4069 (Soil Systems)
Environmental Science 4479 (Groundwater Flow)

2) For the Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Chemistry)

Environmental Science 4249 (Environmental Organic Chemistry)
Environmental Science 4239 (Aquatic Chemistry II)


Environmental Science 4069 (Soil Systems)
Environmental Science 4479 (Groundwater Flow)

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 2.c. (above), so long as such selections are consistent with the Specialization 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 also have completed a two-semester research project, consisting of the general degree one-semester project course (Environmental Science 4950) and a further one-semester research course (Environmental Science 4959).

3. Honours Dissertation

The Honours project sequence (Environmental Science 4950 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.

4. Academic Standing

In order to graduate with an Honours degree, the candidate must satisfy the regulations regarding academic standing as specified under Regulations for Honours degree of 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 required ENVS and Chemistry courses for the Chemistry stream students and all required ENVS and Biology courses for the Biology stream students, excluding, in both cases, the 1000 level course.

More specifically, courses normally used for calculations would be:

Biology stream:

Chemistry stream:

Note 1: For students completing "open" programmes (see Section 2.e. of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College General Regulations for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor or Science Degree Programmes in the Memorial University Calendar), the appropriate courses to be used in calculation of academic standing will be determined by the Environmental Science Unit and will be subject to approval by the Academic Studies committee.

Note 2: Students will normally not be allowed to repeat courses to fulfil the Academic standing criteria for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science.

Last modified on May 6, 1998 by MaryJane Puxley

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