The Environmental Science program offers a limited number of courses delivered by our program due to the interdisciplinary nature to our program. This means that many of the courses taken by our students will be courses offered through other faculties and departments to complete their Environmental Science module. This provides students with the opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge from various perspectives that will strengthen their understanding of environmental issues.

Courses offered by the Environmental Science Program

1021F/G: Environmental Science and Sustainability - open to ALL students

Description: An overview of the science underlying key environmental issues (e.g., climate change, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function, air and water pollution, and resource use), and how each issue impacts environmental sustainability from the local to global scale. 

Prerequisite: None. Priority will be given to students in their first year at Western.

3300F/G: Natural Science of Environmental Problems

Description: Topics will include: water pollution from toxic chemicals and biological sources; waste disposal and recycling of materials; other current pollution problems. Instruction and practice in library research and essay writing involving aspects of these topics.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: Chemistry 2210A/B

3350F/G: Research Techniques in Environmental Science

Description: A multi-module course where a case study approach will be used to acquaint students with the research tools of environmental science, and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of environmental data.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 3300F/G or special permission of the program coordinator

4949F/G: Selected Topics in Environmental Science

Description: A detailed study of selected issues in environmental science with an emphasis on integration of perspectives and expertise from a broad range of disciplines as represented by the particular faculty and guest speakers involved in a given year. Understanding and communication of the concepts and controversies discussed will be the focus of the course.

  • Course Outline

Prerequisite: Enrolment in the final year of the Honors Specialization or Specialization in Environmental Science

4970F/G: Independent Study in Environmental Science

Description: A research project course in a particular field under the direction of a faculty member who is a member of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.
8 laboratory / tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): Environmental Science 4999E.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolment in Year 4 of the Specialization or Major module in Environmental Science. Students must have arranged a project with a supervisor before completing registration.

4999E: Honors Research Thesis

Description: A major laboratory or field project that emphasizes experimental design, instrumentation, collection and analysis of data, and communication of experimental results by oral and written presentations.
Minimum 15 laboratory hours per week, and during the first term an additional 2 seminar hours per week; 1.5 course.

An information session for students interested in an Honors Research Thesis is held in the winter term of the academic year prior to commencing a research project.

Students choose a supervisor from among one of the many Faculty members or Adjunct Faculty members associated with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. The list of possible supervisors can be found here (need to add link to researchers that will be on CES homepage). Students can review the research profiles of the various faculty members to determine whose research is of interest to them. Student projects must contain a scientific component since the credits for the course are science credits.

Antirequisite(s): Environmental Science 4970F/G, the former Environmental Science 4971F/G.
Prerequisite(s): Fourth year registration in the Honors Specialization in the Environmental Science module. Students must have arranged a project with a supervisor before completing registration. In the late winter, a list of potential projects for the following academic year will be available from the Undergraduate Chair of Environmental Science.

Note: students or faculty wishing to engage in research at Thames Talbot Land Trust properties or the Environmental Sciences Western Field Station should contact the course coordinator for further information about these opportunities.

To view what day/time these courses are offered please go to the Western timetable.

Other courses in Environment and Sustainability can be found here. These courses can be taken towards modules in Environmental Science.