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Bachelor of Arts

Faculty Program in Environment (54 credits)

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The BA Faculty Program in Environment comprises two course components: Core and Domain.

1. Core: Required Courses (21 credits)

Introductory Core (15 credits)

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 301 - Environmental Research Design

The introductory core consists of four introductory courses and one intermediate course where students are exposed to the different approaches, perspectives, and world views that will help them gain an understanding of the complexity and conflicts that underlie most environmental problems. Through the core program students go beyond the confines of their individual views of environment.

Final Core (6 credits)

Students in the two senior courses of the Core will apply the general and specialized knowledge that they have gained in the program to the analysis of some specific, contemporary environmental problems.

ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought (3 cr) and

Senior Research Project (3 credits*)
AEBI 427 - Barbados Interdisc Project (6 cr) (M) (in Barbados)
AGRI 519 - Sustainable Development Plans (6 cr) (M) (in Barbados)
ENVR 401 - Environmental Research (3 cr)
ENVR 451 - Research in Panama (6 cr) (in Panama)
* Only 3 credits will be applied to the program; extra credits will count as electives.

2. Domain: Complementary Courses (33 credits)

Domains listed below provide a trans-disciplinary study of a particular theme or component of the environment. Each Domain has different requirements which can be viewed by clicking on the Domain name below.

Domains currently approved for the BA Environment:

Ecological Determinants of Health in Society
Economics and the Earth's Environment
Environment and Development

To obtain a BA Faculty Program in Environment, students must:

(a) pass all courses counted towards the Faculty Program or the Major with a grade of C or higher; and

(b) confirm that their course selection satisfies the required components of the MSE core and their chosen Domain, and that the complementary courses are approved courses in their chosen Domain.

(c) complete as either a pre- or co-requisite for the core courses:

Numeracy Course:
One of the following calculus courses -
MATH 139 - Calculus 1 with Precalculus
MATH 140 - Calculus 1
or equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objective 00UN)

AND Science course:
One of the following science courses -
BIOL 111 - Principles:Organismal Biology
AEBI 120 - General Biology (Macdonald Campus)
CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1
PHYS 101 - Intro Physics - Mechanics
or equivalent (e.g., CEGEP objectives Biology 00UK, Chemistry 00UL, Physics 00UR).

Students are required to complete the pre-/co-requisite courses by the end of their U1 year.  These 100-level courses, if taken exclusively for the purpose of fulfilling this program pre- or co-requisite requirement, may be taken using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.  Contact Kathy Roulet, the MSE Program Advisor for more information.

(d) fufill all Faculty requirements as specified in the Faculty of Arts section of the Undergraduate Course Calendar, which includes meeting the minimum credit requirement as specified in their letter of admission.

Restrictions on Statistics Courses and Courses Outside your Faculty

Statistics Courses

There are many statistics courses offered at McGill that are similar to each other, and cannot be taken together for credit. The MSE programs list statistics courses from which one course can be taken. Minerva will not warn you if there is an overlap in courses. You simply will not receive credit for the course. If you have taken other statistics courses at McGill (or elsewhere), you should check the Calendar or ask Kathy Roulet, the MSE Program Advisor, to see if there is any restriction.

Courses Taken Outside Your Faculty

There are some important rules regarding how many courses you can take outside the Faculty of your degree. The rules for each degree are different. BA Faculty Program in Environment students can take a maximum of 30 credits outside Arts and Science. This includes courses counting for their Domain, as well as electives. Normally this limit should be high enough not to interfere with students' course choices, since most of the BA program is downtown. Refer to the Arts OASIS (Office of Advising and Student Information Services) website for further details.

Note that students will receive no warning if they register for too many credits outside Arts and Science; the course will simply be flagged for "no credit", and no refund will be given.These limits do not include the ENVR Core courses, regardless of where they are taken.

Arts OASIS (Office of Advising and Student Information Services

The Arts OASIS website provides Arts students with general academic information and advice about issues such as faculty and degree requirements, registration issues, inter-faculty transfer, study away, academic standing, or graduation. In addition to advising students about such issues, either by appointment or on a daily drop-in basis, the Arts OASIS Faculty advisers offer a number of information sessions every term, such as degree planning workshops, study away workshops, and freshman information sessions. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.