Environmental Science

Environmental science is an ideal discipline if you have both a strong interest in science and a concern for the environment. This interdisciplinary program is science intensive and provides you with the foundation necessary to understand environmental issues from many different perspectives.


Environmental Science provides a strong but diverse scientific foundation required to understand environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Environmental Science is an ideal discipline if you have both a strong interest in science and a concern for the environment. This interdisciplinary program is science intensive and provides you with the foundation necessary to understand environmental issues from many different perspectives.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Science (BSc), major or honours


At Mount Allison, Environmental Science students study issues like:

  • the mechanics of weather and climate
  • the biological consequences of climate change
  • the impacts of environmental degradation
  • the effects of climate on the distribution of animals and plants
  • the impact of environmental change on freshwater systems

In upper years, you will compliment your major with an in-depth concentration of courses to provide you with a scientific specialty when you graduate.

Concentrations include:

  • aquatic environments
  • environmental chemistry
  • environmental modelling
  • environmental monitoring and management

You also have the opportunity to investigate issues you are passionate about through independent research (honours).

Environmental Science is available as:

  • BSc major (69 credits)
  • BSc honours (78 credits)
  • A minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Environmental Science students in the field applying CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) protocol on the Miramichi River

Related programs:

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Joshua Kurek
Assistant professor, Geography and Environment

» Mount Allison professor receives funding to study environmental change in Canadian lakes and rivers


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Environmental Science graduates include:

  • ecologist
  • environmental consultant
  • public policy analyst
  • environmental auditor/risk assessor
  • water treatment plant operator
  • air quality specialist
  • soil scientist
  • wildlife conservationist
  • environmental activist
  • pollution/contamination removal specialist
  • water resource specialist

Alumni Spotlight

Adam Cheeseman ('14)
Bachelor of Science, honours Environmental Science
Director of Conservation, Nature NB

» Adam Cheeseman (’14) returns to Sackville to work as the Director of Conservation with Nature NB


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Participating in relevant, hands-on research and ultimately making a tangible contribution in my field were highlights of my undergraduate experience. However, the support I received from faculty and others at Mount Allison had the most profound impact on my life. When I look back, it is their encouragement, guidance, and friendship that I will remember most.

Environmental Science, minors in Biology, Fine Arts, and Geography
Sundridge, NS
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The Environmental Science program at Mount Allison helped me focus on my interests while preparing me for future research in the field. One of my favourite aspects of the program is the many opportunities to get outside and conduct hands-on research, not only on campus, but throughout New Brunswick. Both the students and the faculty are rooting for each other, which creates a level of support that is fundamental part of the Mount Allison community.

Environmental Science, minors in Biology and Geography
Winnipeg, MB


ECAB Lab located in the Gairdner Building

Teaching Labs

Mount Allison's general environmental science lab space is equipped with basic environmental science tools and set-up as an ideal teaching space.

Our geographic information systems (GIS) computing lab provides a teaching lab and research space for faculty and students. It supports a range of GIS software used by researchers and industry.


The ECAB (Environmental Change & Aquatic Biomonitoring) Lab research integrates a wide-range of methods from ecology, biomonitoring, and paleolimnology to understand the effects of human activities and natural processes on freshwaters.

There are opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in field and lab-based research as part of the ECAB Lab.


Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menus below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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