Environmental Management and Environmental Science


  • Environmental Management: TMS
  • Environmental Science: TMW

There is nothing more fundamental to the well-being of humans than furthering the understanding of the environment — how it works, how it influences our lives, and how it is affected by human activities. The study of Environment at U of T Mississauga is an interdisciplinary undertaking. The programs are administered by the Department of Geography, which advises students and co-ordinates participating departments, faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to emphasize the integrative, cross-disciplinary nature of the study of the environment. It takes a global perspective on current environmental issues, problems and solutions, but with a Canadian focus. The program streams are flexible, allowing students to pursue a wide range of interests from the laboratory sciences, to fieldwork and applied sciences, to applications in humanities, law and business.

Programs and Specializations

Environment at U of T Mississauga offers a choice of two program paths:

  • Environmental Management (Honours BA — Specialist, Major or Minor)
  • Environmental Science (Honours BSc — Specialist, Major or Minor)

In the Environmental Science programs, students engage with the interdisciplinary sciences required to understand the complexities of the environment. Students can focus on biogeochemical relationships in natural and managed ecosystems, or they can learn to apply their knowledge to the chemical, physical and biotechnical remediation of environmental problems. This program leads to the Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree, but social and policy perspectives are also part of the program because those who will develop our scientific knowledge and technological capacities must have a basic understanding of environmental management and the human-environment relationship.

The Environmental Management programs focus on environment, society and public policy, including resource management, environmental assessment and the social, economic and policy aspects of environmental change. This program leads to an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) degree, but some basic science is required because those who will set environmental policy and lead society through our current environmental challenges must have some foundation in natural science.

Why choose U of T Mississauga for Environment?

  • U of T Mississauga’s Environment faculty members are award-winning researchers and teachers, who encourage students to become involved in basic enquiry and critical thinking, cross-disciplinary cooperation, and the application of concepts to real-life problems.

  • Students will develop the environmental problem-solving skills required for the most dynamic areas of today’s job market.

  • There are opportunities to become involved in environmental practice, research, fieldwork and practical work placements.

  • There are many environmental initiatives on campus, including green roofs, an engineered wetland, a solar installation, hydrogen fuel cell installations, geothermal energy, carpooling and biking initiatives.

Hands-on experience

  • Experiential learning, research opportunities, practical placements, and opportunities for fieldwork are integral to both Environment programs at U of T Mississauga.

  • In the second year Environmental Sustainability Practicum, students may complete on-campus environmental projects of their own design.

  • In third year, students may apply for the International Environmental Sustainability course in Mexico.

  • The unique Environmental Internship offers qualified fourth-year students the opportunity to undertake a project under the supervision of an environmental professional from industry, government (municipal, provincial, federal), or the non-profit sector. There are many additional opportunities for field work, independent research and applied learning.

Affiliated student clubs

  • Student Association for Geography and Environment (SAGE)
  • The Green Team offers an opportunity for students to undertake practical, campus-based environmental projects through the university’s work-study program.

What high school preparation do I need?

If you are applying to Environmental Science (through OUAC Chemical & Physical Sciences), you will need six Grade 12 U/M courses including: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and one of Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U) for admission to the Chemical and Physical Sciences. You will also need Biology (SBI4U) if you wish to specialize in Environmental Science with a Biology focus after first year.

If you are applying to Environmental Management (through OUAC Social Sciences) you will need six Grade 12 U/M courses including English (ENG4U) for admission to Social Sciences. Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Biology (SBI4U) are recommended in order to specialize in Environmental Management after first year.

Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Geography course is useful preparation for either program stream, particularly Environmental and Resource Management (CGR4M)* or Geomatics (CGO4M)*. 

*This refers to courses from the Ontario Curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm

What courses do I take?

The Environment programs begin with a first-year science course, The Environment (ENV100Y5), which provides an introduction to Earth as a system, the functioning of the natural environment, and the impacts of human activities on environmental systems. 

The core second-year course, ENV201H5 Environmental and Resource Management, explores the principles of environmental and natural resource policy in the context of ecologically sustainable development. 

Both programs include a wide variety of upper-level course choices in science, social science and humanities. Both programs also include courses on research methods, and courses that focus on field, experiential and independent research perspectives.

After graduation

Students graduating from U of T Mississauga Environment programs can apply their knowledge and skills to the private sector, non-profit organizations locally and internationally, and local, provincial and federal governmental organizations. Recent graduates have careers in resource management, environmental monitoring, urban planning, environmental consulting, policymaking, environmental law, environmental advocacy and teaching. Students completing the Environment programs have the skills and knowledge to continue their studies through research-oriented graduate programs and professional degrees such as law or planning. 

For more information

Sabrina Ferrari
Undergraduate Program Advisor