Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
26.12 Environmental Science
  • Board of Study
  • Dr. J. Wroblewski, Ocean Sciences Centre - Chair
  • Dr. B. Chen, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Dr. R. Chuenpagdee, Department of Geography
  • Dr. P. Marino, Head, Department of Biology
  • Dr. W. Montevecchi, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. L. Tarasov, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
  • Dr. S. Ziegler, Department of Earth Sciences
26.12.1 Program

1. The Environmental Science Graduate Program focuses on interdisciplinary research. Supervisors include faculty from all Departments in the Faculty of Science and the Ocean Sciences Centre, the Department of Geography, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Environmental Science Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, as well as adjunct faculty from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

2. The Board of Study is responsible for the Program. Board members are appointed by the Dean of Science, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Board. The Board chair is elected by the members of the Board of Study and appointed by the Dean of Science. The Board makes recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning admissions and academic requirements. In consultation with supervisors, recommendations are made concerning course programs, financial support, thesis committees, comprehensive and thesis topics and examiners, students’ annual progress. Upon program completion, the Board certifies that all requirements for the appropriate degree have been met. The department of the supervisor ensures that adequate facilities are provided for each candidate. Students in Environmental Science are considered for teaching assistantships in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Geography.

An ‘Oversight Board’ will be established, consisting of Deans or designates from participating Faculties, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

26.12.2 Regulations - Doctor of Philosophy

1. There are three required courses for the doctoral program. All students take ENVS 6010 and those with a disciplinary Master’s degree in Science from a recognized university take ENVS 6000. Other courses tailored for individual students are included in the student’s program by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Chair of the Board of Study.

2. The comprehensive examination should be taken on completion of all course work. An Examination Committee will be struck in accordance with the General Regulations. At least two members of the Board of Study must be on the Examination Committee. The candidate’s Supervisor will be on the Examination Committee and will be the only examiner from the candidate’s Thesis Supervisory Committee. The Head of the Department of the Supervisor or his/her delegate is invited to serve on the Comprehensive Examination Committee. The Examination Committee is chaired by the Chair of the Environmental Science Program. The examination will be both written and oral. The topic is assigned by the Examination Committee, which also determines the submission date for the paper, and the date of the examination. Normally, the student will write the paper within four months, and the oral examination will occur within six weeks of the paper’s submission. This paper will form the basis of a public seminar. The Examination Committee will question the candidate about the paper, the topic and its broader relationship with Environmental Science.

3. The most important requirement is the writing of the doctoral thesis. The research thesis is based on the results of systematic, independent research on an approved scientific topic. To ensure the research is interdisciplinary, the supervisory committee must be made up of members from at least two different departments. The candidate will be required to present a Ph.D. research proposal to the supervisory committee. The completed thesis will be evaluated according to the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. It must contribute significantly to knowledge in the field of Environmental Science.

26.12.3 Courses
  • 6000 Environmental Science and Technology
  • 6001 Earth and Ocean Systems
  • 6002 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • 6003 Applied Ecology
  • 6004 Environmental Pollution and Mitigation
  • 6005 Environmental Sampling and Pollutant Analysis
  • 6007 Environmental Risk Assessment
  • 6010 Environmental Seminar
  • 6201-6209 Selected Topics in Environmental Science