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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Division of Environmental Studies
Division of Environmental Studies
Program Advisors  
(Dean of Science and Environmental Studies) A.P. Dean
(Biology) R. Omeljaniuk
(Geography) B.A. Wilson
(Geology) S.A. Kissin

As human interference with the environment continues to grow, and the level of interest and investigation increases, it has become abundantly clear that environmental issues are essentially multidisciplinary in nature. In addition to the scientific elements involved, environmental issues include socio-economic, cultural and political factors. All of these have to be considered if the causes of our environmental problems are to be understood and realistic solutions are to be found. To this end, the Division of Environmental Studies presents a number of interdisciplinary programs which include a common core of environmental studies courses plus courses required for an Honours degree in a cognate discipline. In keeping with the multidisciplinary approach, all programs have both a science and a social sciences/humanities component.


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.


See the University Regulations section (page 39) and the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Regulations section (page 152) of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.

All programs require a minimum of 20 credits for graduation including at least 5 credits in Environmental Studies. To remain in an Environmental Studies program students must maintain an average of 60% in all Environmental Studies courses and meet the major average of 70% required in the Honours program.

An Environmental Studies program offered through the Division of Environmental Studies consists of:

(i) a common core of Environmental Studies 1120, 2013, 2210 and 4800;

(ii) at least two additional FCE Environmental Studies credits. Individual programs specify whether electives are to be taken from an Arts or Science stream (see list of courses on page 175). Students are advised to plan carefully their selection of electives so as to obtain the required prerequisites for the senior level courses they might wish to take.

(iii) an Honours Degree from a cognate discipline (Biology, Geography, Geology) consisting of a minimum of 8 FCEs from that discipline.