Program Description

If you have a natural curiosity and concern about such issues as climate change, pollution, biodiversity, and sustainability, Environmental Science offers you exciting career opportunities. It applies scientific tools from such disciplines as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and geography, and allows the integration and application of these to field and laboratory studies.

Environmental scientists use scientific tools and principles to study the biological, physical, and chemical components that comprise our environment and how they interact and respond to human influences. At UWindsor, we apply an integrated systems approach to provide you with the knowledge necessary for sustainable development of resources and for the management and mitigation of environmental change.

A Rigorous, Enriching Program

The Great Lakes system is the largest freshwater resource in the world. The City of Windsor is located at its centre — a great laboratory to study important environmental problems and solutions on both global and local levels.

Our faculty members include internationally renowned scientists who carry out research on a variety of environmental problems. Our classes will provide you with a focused learning experience. Our faculty members often invite their students to become directly involved in research projects. In addition, with appropriate course choices, you can obtain the knowledge requirements for professional accreditation such as with ECO Canada and APGO (Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario). You will receive a solid grounding in scientific principles and natural processes during your first two years of study. This includes significant, hands-on experience in fieldwork and laboratories.

Third- and fourth-year courses focus on such complex and evolving practical issues as impact and assessment, environmental quality, sustainability, climate change, ecosystem health and resource management. Our curriculum’s flexibility in upper years allows you to specialize in various aspects of the environment, such as ecology or environmental geoscience. Required courses such as Scientific Writing and Field Techniques will provide you with the practical knowledge for career success. An Environmental Science degree is also appropriate background training for professions such as law, medicine or business—combinations that are attractive to employers. If you are interested in graduate study, we encourage you to undertake an undergraduate thesis research project.

Excellent Student Resources

State-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment are used throughout the program. The Resource Centre is staffed by graduate and senior undergraduate students who offer assistance with course-related questions. Dedicated classrooms provide students the opportunity for technical training in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and environmental assessment.

Career Tracks

  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Resource industries
  • Industrial compliance, environmental law (with additional studies)
  • Government sectors of environmental quality control and monitoring
  • Environmental management and conservation
  • Education (with additional studies)
  • Research

Choose UWindsor

The University of Windsor offers 190 high-quality programs in an international setting. Equally important, you can experience a broad range of opportunities outside the classroom. You can explore exchange opportunities with dozens of universities around the world. Enhance your work experience through co-op programs, internships and paid research assistantships. Student-led organizations play a vital role on campus and in the broader community. The diversity of our students—where they are from, what they believe and how they think—will expand your mind.

Admission Requirements

The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U, are required. MHF4U, SCH4U, and SBI4U required. SPH4U is recommended. MCV4U is strongly recommended.

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