Environmental Science Minor (HBSc)

Admissions Category: Physical & Environmental Sciences

Program Overview

The Minor Program is designed to provide insights into the basic principles of Environmental Science and its application to current environmental issues. It is intended for students with an interest in environmental issues but who do not have the necessary background for specialization in the field. In addition to science students, it is appropriate for students pursuing a degree in the social sciences or in management and economics.

Complementary Programs:

Environmental StudiesGeographyChemistryBiologyPhysicsComputer ScienceStatisticsHealth ScienceSociology.

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

Competencies & Skills

  • Analysis of the current environmental issues Soil and water processes
  • Climate and climate change assessment Analysis of contaminants and pollutants
  • Use observations, samples, and specimens to explore theoretical concepts

Careers for Graduates

  • Assistant to Environmental Consultant Environmental Technician
  • Technologist Environmental Management Services
  • Field Technician for Resource Management and Conservation

Further Education

  • Environmental Science Planning Environmental Technology Environmental Health and Safety 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

EESA01H3 Introduction to Environmental Science

EESA06H3 Introduction to Planet Earth

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

1.5 credits from the following:

EESB02H3 Principles of Geomorphology

EESB03H3 Principles of Climatology

EESB04H3 Principles of Hydrology

EESB05H3 Principles of Soil Science

EESB15H3 Earth History

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

[1.5 credits in EES courses of which 1.0 credit must be at the C- or D-level] or [1.0 credit at the C- or D-level in EES courses and PSCD11H3 Communicating Science: Film, Media, Journalism, and Society]

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 (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc)
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/ccr/overview.htm)
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm)
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl)
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife)
  • EPSA - Environmental and Physical Sciences Students Association (https://www.myepsa.ca)
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (https://www.scsu.ca)


Departmental Contact

Dr. Silvija Stefanovic

E-mail: silvija.stefanovic@utoronto.ca
Location: EV


Environmental Science Librarian

Sarah Guay

E-mail: sarah.guay@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7497


Academic Advising & Career Centre

E-mail: aacc.utsc@utoronto.ca
Location: AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561


Department of Student Life

E-mail: studentlife.utsc@utoronto.ca
Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760


Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association (EPSA)

E-mail: president@myepsa.ca
Location: EV264


Environmental Science offers three combined Master’s degree programs: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/master-environmental-science-overview