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Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major (HBSc)

Program Overview

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates the study of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics, in order to address many of the world’s complex environmental challenges including climate change, biodiversity loss and conservation, food security, natural resource management, and pollution and human health.  Our Environmental Science programs will provide you with hands-on science education and training and will instill you with a broad range of skills that can prepare you to solve environmental problems at any sector of the man made and natural world. Through a powerful combination of field and lab courses, our Environmental Science programs will thoroughly train you for a career in the environment in consulting, government, non-government, research and teaching.


Complementary Programs: Environmental StudiesGeographyChemistryBiologyPhysicsComputer ScienceStatisticsHealth ScienceSociology.

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills
  • Use observations
  • samples
  • and specimens to explore theoretical concepts and conduct research
  • Analysis of contaminants and pollutants
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches for environmental impact assessments and audits
  • Statistical reasoning and methods
  • Climate change modelling and impact assessment
  • Design
  • implementation and reporting of research (lab & field) works
Careers for Graduates
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Planner
  • Natural Resources Education Coordinator
  • Environmental Management Services
  • Field Technician for Resource Management and Conservation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Technician/Technologist
  • Program Coordinator in Provincial/National Parks
  • Climate Services
  • Food and Agriculture
Further Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Planning
  • Environmental Technology
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Environmental Law
  • Climate change and its impact on Environment
  • Environmental Sustainability

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Considering grad school?  Speak to professors and advisors early so you choose the right courses.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 2.0 credits at the C- or D-level in EES courses (taken in year 3 and 4) with at least 0.5 credit at the D-level; OR 1.5 credits at the C- or D-level in EES courses and PSCD11H3 (Communicating Science: Film, Media, Journalism, and Society).
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track with your degree.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Enter to win the UTSC Library Undergraduate Research Prize or Poster Forum. Enroll in EESC24: Directed Readings in Environmental Science.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Consider running for an elected position in EPSA or another campus club.

Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Apply for the Academic Travel Fund through DSL to conduct research, present at a conference, or engage with the academic community internationally.
  • Enroll in EESD09/EESD10: Research Project in Environmental Science.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)


  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors; get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • EPSA - Environmental and Physical Sciences Students Association (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (


  • Departmental Contact
    Heidi Daxberger
  • Environmental Science Librarian
    Sarah Guay
  • Academic Advising & Career Centre
    Room AC213
  • Department of Student Life
    Room SL157
  • Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association (EPSA)

Did You Know?

Environmental Science offers three combined Master’s degree programs: