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Honours Environmental Sciences Co-op (B.Sc.)


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Admission


Enrolment in this program is limited. Admission is by selection, and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement and an interview but requires, as a minimum, submission of the on-line application by the stated deadline and completion of Level II Honours Environmental Sciences with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 and completion of the following courses:

15 units


from

  • Level II, III, IV Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environment & Society courses

Note


Information about this program and the selection procedure can be obtained from Science Career and Cooperative Education and the Program Director.

Program Notes


  1. This is a five-level (year) co-op program which includes two eight-month work terms which must be spent in environmental sciences related placements.

  2. Students must be registered full-time and take a full academic workload, as prescribed by Level and Term.

  3. Students are required to complete SCIENCE 2C00  prior to the Fall Term of Level III. Students are required to complete SCIENCE 3C00  before the first work placement.

  4. Environmental Sciences at McMaster encompass a number of major themes, including Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Hydrology and Climate, Environmental Policy, GIS and Spatial Analysis, Health and Population, Economic Development and Urban Studies. Each thematic area has its own sequence of courses and prerequisites (See the Course Listings section of this Calendar). All students are encouraged to meet with the academic program advisor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society to discuss course selection and program requirements.

  5. This program is not intended to satisfy the academic requirements for professional registration of Geoscientists (PGeo) in Ontario. Students interested in PGeo professional registration are encouraged to view the requirements for the Honours Earth and Environmental Sciences (B.Sc.) program.

  6. The Honours Environmental Sciences program requires all students to take one research design course (EARTHSC 3RD3  or ENVSOCTY 3MA3 ) and one field methods course (ENVIRSC 3ME3  or ENVSOCTY 3MF3 ). All students are encouraged to meet with the School of Earth, Environment & Society’s academic program advisor to decide which of these courses best fits their area of academic interest.

  7. The field components of ENVIRSC 3ME3  and ENVSOCTY 3MF3  are normally taken outside of the normal term. Details are announced in March.
  8. Co-op students interested in pursuing GIS-related work placements and/or a Minor or Concurrent Certificate in Geographic Information Systems must complete ENVSOCTY 2GI3  in Fall Term of Level II and one of ENVSOCTY 3GI3  or 3GV3  in Winter Term of Level II. Students should consult with the academic program advisor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society to ensure proper course selection.
  9. Students who entered the program prior to September 2021, must complete a total of 27 units from the Environmental Sciences Course List during Levels III, IV and V, of which must include 18 units from Levels III, IV.

Requirements


120 units total (Levels I to V), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units


  • Completed prior to admission to the program

Level II: 30 Units


30 units


  • Completion of Level II Honours Environmental Sciences (See Admission above.)

1 course


Level III


Consists of academic studies (Fall Term), Co-op Work Term (Winter Term), and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Fall Term: 15 units:


3 units

from

  • Level II, III, IV Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environment & Society courses
3 units

  • Electives

Winter Term:


Work Term

Spring/Summer Term:


Work Term

Level IV


Consists of academic studies (Fall and Winter Terms) and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level V


Consists of Co-op Work Term (Fall Term) and academic studies (Winter Term)

Fall Term:


Work Term

Winter Term: 15 units:


9 units

from

  • Levels II, III, IV Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environment & Society courses
6 units

  • Electives

Environmental Sciences Course List (For Students Who Entered Prior to September 2021)


Requirements For Students Who Entered in September 2020 or September 2019


120 units total (Levels I to V), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units


  • Completed prior to admission to the program

Level II: 30 Units


30 units


  • Completion of Level II Honours Environmental Sciences (See Admission above.)

Level III


Consists of academic studies (Fall Term), Co-op Work Term (Winter Term), and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level IV


Consists of academic studies (Fall and Winter Terms) and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Fall and Winter Terms: 30 units:


Spring/Summer Term:


Work Term

Level V


Consists of Co-op Work Term (Fall Term) and academic studies (Winter Term)

Fall Term:


Work Term

Winter Term: 15 units:


12 units

from

  • the Environmental Sciences Course List (See Program Note 9 above.)
3 units

  • Electives

Co-op Program Chart


 

FALL TERM

(September to December)

WINTER TERM

(January to April)

SPRING/SUMMER TERM

(May to August)

Level III

15 units from
Academic Level III

+

 SCIENCE 3C00  

Work Term

SCIENCE 3WT0  

Work Term

SCIENCE 3WT0 

 
Level IV 30 units from Academic Levels III and IV

Work Term

SCIENCE 4WT0  

Level V

Work Term

SCIENCE 5WT0  

15 units from Academic
Level IV
 

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