Minor in Environmental Studies

This minor is available to students registered in a 120 credit hour Bachelor of Applied Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Community Design, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Informatics, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) program.

BA Minor

BA students must take 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 elective credit hours from the list of approved courses below. The following rules apply to the selection of courses for the Minor:

  • A maximum of three credit hours in the Major subject (e.g. a course beyond those required for the Major) can count instead toward the Minor.
  • At least six credit hours from the Approved Electives list must be in FASS courses and at least six credit hours must be from Science Approved Electives courses.
  • In addition to ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law, at least nine credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above.

Required Courses:

  • ENVS 1000X/Y.06: Introduction to Environmental Science or ENVS 1100.03: Foundations of Environmental Science and ENVS 1200.03: Current Environmental Challenges
  • PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
  • ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law

BA Approved Electives in Environmental Studies:
Additions to the following lists will be made, as relevant courses become available.

Faculty of Science:

  • BIOL 2060.03: Introductory Ecology
  • BIOL 2601.03: The Flora of Nova Scotia
  • BIOL 2605.03: Introduction to Marine Life in Nova Scotia
  • BIOL 3060.03: Environmental Ecology
  • BIOL 3061.03: Communities and Ecosystems
  • BIOL 3225.03: Plants in the human landscape
  • BIOL 3226.03: Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization
  • BIOL 3601.03: Nature Conservation
  • BIOL 3615.03: Methods in Ecology
  • BIOL 4065.03: Sustainability and Global Change
  • CHEM 2505.03: Environmental Chemistry
  • ECON 2336.03: Regional Development
  • ECON 3332.03: Resource Economics
  • ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics
  • ERTH 2410.03: Environmental and Resource Geology I
  • ERTH 3500.03: Geoscience Information Management
  • GEOG 2800.03: Climate Change
  • MARI 4665.03: Hacking the Blue Planet
  • OCEA 2000.06: The Blue Planet
  • OCEA 2800.03: Climate Change
  • PHYC 2451.03: Astronomy I: The Sky and Planets
  • PHYC 2800.03: Climate Change
  • ENVS 2001.03: Analytical Environmental Science and Social Responsibility
  • ENVS 2100.03: Environmental Informatics
  • ENVS 3000.03: Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 3210.03: Environmental Law II: Natural Justice and Unnatural Acts
  • ENVS 3220.03: International Environmental Law for Scientists
  • ENVS 3226.03: Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization
  • ENVS 3300.03: Contaminated Site Management
  • ENVS 3400.03: Human Health and Sustainability
  • ENVS 3501.03: Environmental Problem Solving I
  • ENVS 3502.03: Environmental Problem Solving II: The Campus as a Living Laboratory

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS):

  • CTMP 3000.06: Science and Culture
  • CTMP 3150.03: Nature and History
  • CTMP 3210.03: Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments
  • CTMP 3411.03: Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology
  • EMSP 2310.03: Women and Gender in Early Modern Science
  • EMSP 2330.03: Nature Imagined
  • EMSP 3000.06: The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe
  • ENGL 4005.03: Green Reading: Nature, Culture, Canada
  • ENGL 4400.03: Nature of America
  • HSTC 3000.03: The Scientific Revolution
  • HSTC 4000.06: Science and Nature in the Modern Period
  • HSTC 4300.03: Nature and Romanticism
  • HIST 3073.03: History of Marine Sciences
  • HIST 3210/CANA 3020/GEOG 3020.03: Canadian Cultural Landscapes
  • HIST 3302.03: Technology and History in North America
  • HIST 3370.03: North American Landscapes
  • HIST 3750.03: History of Seafaring
  • HIST 4271.03: The Fisheries of Atlantic Canada - Society and Ecology in Historical Perspective
  • HIST 4350.03: People and Things - Material Culture
  • INTD 2001.03: Introduction to Development I
  • INTD 2002.03: Introduction to Development II
  • INTD 3002.03: Seminar in Development: Development Practice
  • INTD 3114.03: Environment and Development
  • INTD 3304.03: Sustainable Development in Cuba
  • INTD 4013.03: Environmental Conflict & Security
  • PHIL 2475.03: Justice in Global Perspective
  • PHIL 2485.03: Technology and the Environment
  • PHIL 3670.03: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 4120.03: Theory of Rational Decision-Making
  • POLI 3585.03: Politics of the Environment
  • POLI 4228.03: Interest Groups
  • POLI 4380.03: Politics of Climate Change
  • SOSA 2100.06: Environment and Culture
  • SOSA 3185.03: Issues in the Study of Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • SOSA 3190.03: Social Movements
  • SOSA 3200.03: Environment and Society
  • SOSA 3220.03: Coastal Communities
  • SOSA 4210.03: Tourism and Development
  • SPAN 2070.03: Area Studies on Mexico and Central America
  • GWST 3310.03: Gender and Development in Africa

Other Electives

BACSc, BSc, BCSc, BInf, BComm, BMgmt Minor

Students in these programs must take 18 credit hours of required courses, plus 12 credit hours from the approved list of elective courses below. Note: In planning their programs students must take into account the prerequisites which apply to many of the elective courses listed below. The following rules apply to the selection of courses for the Minor:

  • No course can fulfill a requirement of both the Major or Honours subject and the Minor.
  • A maximum of three credit hours in the Major/Honours subject (e.g. a course beyond those required for the Major/Honours) can count toward the Minor.
  • At least three credit hours beyond the required courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Additions to the Electives list will be made as relevant courses become available.

Required Courses:

  • ENVS 1000X/Y.06: Introduction to Environmental Science or ENVS 1100.03: Foundations of Environmental Science and ENVS 1200.03: Current Environmental Challenges
  • PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
  • ENVS 3501.03: Environmental Problem Solving I
  • ENVS 3502.03: Environmental Problem Solving II
  • ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law

Electives (12 credit hours from the list):

  • BIOL 2601.03: The Flora of Nova Scotia
  • BIOL 2605.03: Introduction the Marine Life of Nova Scotia
  • BIOL 3063.03  Resource Ecology
  • BIOL 3225.03: Plants in the Human Landscape
  • BIOL 3226.03: Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization
  • BIOL 3601.03: Nature Conservation
  • BIOL 3xxx.03: Any ecology-related course at 3000-level or above
  • BIOL 4065.03: Sustainability and Global Change
  • BIOL 4104.03: Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL 4160.03: Political Ecology
  • CHEM 2505.03: Environmental Chemistry I
  • CHEM 4203.03: Environmental Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4595.03: Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CTMP 3210.03: Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environment
  • CTMP 3220.03: The Aesthetics of Nature
  • ERTH 2203.03: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
  • ERTH 2410.03: Environmental and Resource Geology I
  • ERTH 3302.03: Quaternary Sedimentary Environments
  • ERTH 3400.03: Fundamentals of Hydrogeology
  • ERTH 3402.03: Practical Hydrogeology
  • ERTH 3410.03: Environmental Geology 2
  • ERTH 3420.03: Geochemistry of Aquatic Environments
  • ERTH 3440.03: Geomorphology
  • ERTH 3500.03: Geoscience Information Management
  • ERTH 4450.03: Introduction to Landscape Simulation
  • ERTH 4502.03: Micropaleontology and Global Change
  • ERTH 4520.03: GIS Applications to Environmental and Geological Sciences
  • ERTH 4530.03: Environmental Remote Sensing
  • ECON 2210.03: Emerging Giants: the Economic Rise of China  and India
  • ECON 2216.03: Economics of Global Warming
  • ECON 3332.03: Resource Economics
  • ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 2100.03: Environmental Informatics
  • ENVS 3000.03: Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 4210.03: Administrative Environmental Law: Natural Justice and Unnatural Acts
  • ENVS 3220.03: International Law for Environmental Scientists
  • ENVS 3225.03: Plants in the Human Landscapes
  • ENVS 3226.03: Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization
  • ENVS 3300.03: Contaminated Site Management
  • ENVS 3301.03: Enterprise Sustainability
  • ENVS 3400.03: Human Health and Sustainability
  • ENVS 3500.03: Geoscience Information Management
  • ENVS 3615.03: Methods in Ecology
  • ENVS 3632.03: Applied Field Methods in Fish Ecology
  • ENVS 3801.03: Directed Readings in Environmental Science
  • ENVS 4001.03: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 2800.03: Climate Change
  • HIST 3370.03: North American Landscapes
  • INTD 2001.03: Introduction to Development I
  • INTD 2002.03: Introduction to Development II
  • INTD 3304.03: Sustainable Development in Cuba
  • MARI 4665.03: Hacking the Blue Planet
  • MICI 4104.03: Environmental Microbiology
  • OCEA 2000.06: The Blue Planet
  • OCEA 2800.03: Climate Change
  • OCEA 4110.03: Introduction to Geological Oceanography
  • OCEA 4120.03: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4130.03: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4140.03: Introduction to Biological Oceanography
  • PHIL 2475.03: Justice in Global Perspective
  • PHIL 2485.03: Technology and the Environment
  • PHYC 2310.03: Energy and the Environment
  • PHYC 2451.03: Astronomy I: The Sky and Planets
  • PHYC 2800.03: Climate Change
  • PLAN 2001.03: Landscape Analysis
  • PLAN 3001.03: Landscape Ecology
  • PLAN 3002.03: Reading the City
  • PLAN 3005.03: Cities and the Environment in History
  • PLAN 3010.03: Urban Ecology
  • PLAN 3020.03: Landscape Design
  • PLAN 4106.03: Transportation Planning
  • POLI 3380.03: Politics of Climate Change
  • POLI 3385.03: Politics of the Environment
  • POLI 3589.03: Politics of the Sea I
  • POLI 3590.03: Politics of the Sea II
  • SOSA 2100.06: Environment and Culture
  • SOSA 3200.03: Environment and Society
  • SOSA 3211.03: Continuity and Change in Rural Society
  • SOSA 3220.03: Coastal Communities in the North Atlantic

BCD Minor

The Minor in Environmental Studies is a 30 credit hour Minor taken in conjunction with the Bachelor of Community Design Honours (It is not available within the three year BCD program). The Minor in Environmental Studies provides a student with an appreciation of the scientific, cultural, economic, historic, legal and social aspects of environmental issues. The student will have the opportunity to earn an additional credential on the degree to recognize the special concentration of courses in environmental studies. Approval for the program is required from the School of Planning and from the Coordinator of Environmental Programs. Students complete all requirements for their Honours Major in addition to these required courses for the minor. Students may count the course ENVS 1000 towards both the BCD requirements and towards the requirement for the Minor. Other courses cannot be counted towards both sets of requirements.

Required Courses:

  • ENVS 1000.06: Introduction to Environmental Studies (or DISP) or ENVS 1100.03: Foundations of Environmental Science and ENVS 1200.03: Current Environmental Challenges
  • PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
  • ENVS 3200.03: Environmental Law
  • ENVS 3501.03: Environmental Problem Solving I
  • ENVS 3502.03 Environmental Problem Solving II

Elective requirements:

12 credit hours of courses from the following list:

  • BIOL 2605.03: Introduction to Marine Life of Nova Scotia
  • BIOL 3601.03: Nature Conservation
  • CHEM 2505.03: Environmental Chemistry I
  • CHEM 4203.03: Environmental Chemistry II
  • ECON 2216.03: Economics of Global Warming
  • ECON 2336.03: Regional Development
  • ECON 3332.03: Resource Economics
  • ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 3000.03: Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law
  • ENVS 3226.03: Economic Botany, Plants and Civilization
  • ENVS 3300.03: Contaminated Site Management
  • ENVS 3301.03: Enterprise Sustainability
  • ENVS 3220.03: International Environmental Law for Scientists
  • ENVS 3400.03: Environment and Human Health
  • ENVS 3500.03: Exploring Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVS 4001.03: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ESMP 2330.03: Nature Imagined
  • ESMP 3000.06: The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe
  • ERTH 3302.03: Quaternary Sedimentary Deposits
  • ERTH 3440/GEOG 3440: Geomorphology
  • HIST 3370.03: North American Landscapes
  • INTD 2001.03: Introduction to Development I
  • INTD 2002.03: Introduction to Development II
  • MARI 4665.03: Hacking the Blue Planet
  • OCEA 2001.03: The Blue Planet I
  • OCEA 2002.03: The Blue Planet II
  • OCEA 2800.03: Climate Change
  • OCEA 3001.03: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • OCEA 3002.03: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
  • PHIL 2485.03: Technology and the Environment
  • POLI 3385.03: Politics of the Environment
  • POLI 3589.03: Politics of the Sea I
  • SOSA 2100.06: Environment and Culture
  • SOSA 3200.03: Environment and Society
  • SOSA 3211.03: Continuity and Change in Rural Society
  • SOSA 3220.03: Coastal Communities in the North Atlantic
  • SOSA 4072.03: Naturalistic Approaches to the Social Sciences
  • STAT 3345.03: Environmental Risk Assessment