Our Environmental Science Program
We prepare our students to develop critical thinking skills that allow them to contribute solutions to the current environmental, social, and economic challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.
Algoma U’s four-year Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program is an interdisciplinary program that integrates core courses in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geography. By integrating multiple disciplines, we are able to address some of the most profound and complex concerns faced by modern society.
The program examines the increased impacts of global climate change, the spread and threats of invasive species, the continued loss of biodiversity and degradation of agricultural soil quality and availability, and other environmental challenges. The Environmental Science Course Map (PDF) outlines the program requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. HON) in Environmental Science.
Being located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, students will have ample opportunity to work in the various natural ecosystems which encircle the city. Sault Ste. Marie is at a crossroads between nature and industry, providing endless opportunities for students to examine first-hand the relationship between people and the environment. Within the city limits are large tracts of forests and fields, fast moving rivers, swamps, bogs, and St. Mary’s River. Not many cities can boast that kind of habitat diversity, or the biological diversity associated with it, making Algoma U and Sault Ste. Marie the ideal location to study Environmental Science.
Graduates of the program have the knowledge and skills needed to fill the current shortage of skilled workers in the environmental sector, including: researcher, research assistant, environmental consultant, environmental education, project manager, environmental sales, environmental risk management, coordinator for environmental initiatives, environmental technician, environmental communications, climatologist, biochemist, oceanographer, seismologist, biologist, ecologist, meteorologist, entomologist and many more.
This institution has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this program for a 7-year term starting 01/12/2017. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions). Renewal of Ministerial consent is a cyclical process. Algoma University will apply for renewal of consent in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Learn outside of the classroom
Students will benefit from countless hands-on learning experiences. Aside from coursework, students will conduct field research within the Algoma district.
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Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
This course will introduce students to experimental design, and the use of common statistical methods relevant to environmental science. Students will be given practical assignments to interpret results and draw relevant conclusions, gaining experience with statistical program SPSS.
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Honours Thesis course
Students work with a supervisor to research, plan, and carry out a scientific project with the goal of publishing their findings. The research will be placed on display in the Essar Convergence Centre. Students may elect to take the non-thesis option, instead participating in a second internship.
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Work alongside industry leaders
In third year, students participate in an 80-hour internship within the Algoma region. Students can compete their internship with a variety of local companies and research institutes, including the Tarentorus Fish Hatchery, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Graystone Environmental Ltd., the Department of Fisheries, and more.
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Earn a degree in high demand
The career outlook for graduates with an environmental science degree is excellent. Over two-fifths of employers anticipate the need for environmental workers will continue to increase and 75 per cent are expected to hire environmental workers in the next two years. In addition, it is expected that over 340,000 employees will retire from the sector in the next 10 years, creating further demand.
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Meet our Faculty
Our Environmental Science faculty are experts in the field. Get to know them!
Dr. Brandon Schamp
Head of the School of Life Sciences and the Environment, Full ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. István Imre
Acting Academic Dean, Full ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Pedro Antunes
Canada Research Chair for Invasive Species Biology, Full ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Nairne Cameron
Department Chair, Geography, Geology & Land Stewardship, Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Jennifer Foote
Department Chair, Biology & Environmental Science, Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Isabel Molina
Canada Research Chair for Natural Products Biochemistry, Full ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Chunhua Zhang
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. William Dew
Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
“We ensures that our students develop skills they can put to use in jobs where they will tackle critical environmental problems. Our students get hands-on experience working in the lab, completing internships, and can conduct high-quality scientific research for their Honours Thesis. We explore diverse topics in disciplines like Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Law, and Economics.”
Dr. Brandon Schamp
Associate Professor, Department Chair
“I’m appreciative that the teachers of the Environmental Science Program are always willing to speak with you outside of the classroom if you have questions, or wish to discuss a topic further. Additionally, students have a multitude of opportunities for gaining hands-on experience with the content being covered in class. Fieldtrips around the Algoma District are exciting and informative. I’m glad I chose to study Environmental Science at Algoma U.”
Environmental Science, 2021