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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies: Introduction

​​​Lead Faculty​

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Pr​ograms

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Anthropology—MA, MSc, PhD
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry—MASc, MEng, PhD
Chemistry—MSc, PhD
Earth Sciences—MASc, MSc, PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—PhD
​Forest Conservation—MFC
Forestry—MScF, PhD
Geography—MA, MSc, PhD
Global Affairs—MGA
Information—MI
Information Studies—PhD
Management—MBA, PhD
​Physics—MSc, PhD
Planning—MScPl, PhD
Political Science—MA, PhD
Public Policy—MPP
Religion—MA, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Sociology—MA, PhD
Sustainability Management—​MScSM
Women and Gender Studies—MA, PhD

Overview

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization which is offered through the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Graduate students admitted to a participating graduate degree program in the respective degree-granting unit, also called the home department, can apply to the collaborative specialization and pursue coursework and research in environmental areas. The School of the Environment currently has graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum.

The Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies provides students who have an interest in the environment with interdisciplinary learning that complements the discipline-based study they are doing in their home units. That learning takes place in both the formal courses offered by the School and in the informal contacts with other students and faculty at seminars and other School events. One of the compelling strengths of the specialization is the interdisciplinary environment in which teaching and research are conducted. For example, the core course ENV1001H typically has students from 10 to 20 academic disciplines and accordingly places an emphasis upon the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary communication. Students are both able to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.environment.utoronto.ca/Graduate/Programs/Environmental.aspx
Email: pavel.pripa@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3475
Fax: (416) 978-3884

Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization
School of the Environment, Earth Sciences Centre
University of Toronto
Room 1016V, 33 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E8
Canada

Environmental Studies: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a master's program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department. Information about applying to a home department can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website and on the respective degree-granting unit's website.

  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the Sc​hool of the Environment website by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the respective home department. Applicants should contact the home department to which they intend to apply in order to confirm its application deadline. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in its ES Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students will be able to complete the ES Collaborative Specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

Specialization Requirements

  • The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with the degree program requirements of the student’s respective home department and are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home department. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environmental topic. Please note that requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries for their respective home department programs. The School of the Environment also offers students in the non-thesis master's degree stream the opportunity to complete an internship in fulfilment of the collaborative specialization requirements, unless they have an internship component built into their degree program. Specific collaborative specialization requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the Sc​hool of the Environment website.

Master's Degrees Coursework Option
  • Complete the core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete an environment-related internship of approximately three months full-time employment (ENV 4444Y; 1.0 FCE), unless students have an internship requirement included in their degree program.

  • Produce a brief research paper on an environment-related topic, which may be related to the internship experience (ENV 5555Y; 1.0 FCE), unless students have a research paper requirement included in their degree program.

  • Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of collaborative specialization requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the Sc​hool of the Environment website.

Master's Degrees Thesis Option
  • Complete the core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE).

  • Write a thesis in the home department on an environment-related topic.

Environmental Studies: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a doctoral program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department. Information about applying to a home department can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website and on the respective degree-granting unit's website.

  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the Sc​hool of the Environment website by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the respective home department. Applicants should contact the home department to which they intend to apply in order to confirm its application deadline. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in its ES Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students will be able to complete the ES Collaborative Specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

Specialization Requirements

  • The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with the degree program requirements of the student’s respective home department and are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home department. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environmental topic. Please note that requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries for their respective home department programs. The School of the Environment also offers students in the non-thesis master's degree stream the opportunity to complete an internship in fulfilment of the collaborative specialization requirements, unless they have an internship component built into their degree program. Specific collaborative specialization requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the Sc​hool of the Environment website.

  • Complete the core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE), unless already completed at the master's level.

  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete a thesis on an environmental topic in the home department. The thesis committee membership will include a supervisor (from the student's home department who is a member of the core faculty of the collaborative specialization and a member of the graduate faculty in the School of the Environment) and at least one other member from a collaborating unit. A copy of the final thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment prior to graduation.

  • Present a seminar on thesis research, either in the School of the Environment's Environment Seminar Series or at the School of the Environment Research Day.

  • Additional courses may be required by the home department and/or by the supervisor or supervisory committee, depending on academic and/or career goals of the student, as well as departmental regulations.

  • A supervisor or supervisory committee may be appointed for each student by the home department and the School of the Environment.

Environmental Studies: Courses

The School of the Environment offers individual credit courses that are open to graduate students from all parts of the University, subject to enrolment limits. With the exception of the core course, not all courses are offered every year. Graduate students enrolled in the Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization are also allowed to take Environment and Health Collaborative Specialization electives toward completing their Environmental Studies requirements. For a current graduate course listing, please refer to the School of the Environment website​​​.

Core Course

​ENV 10​01H​
Environmental Decision Making​

Elective Courses

​ENV 1002H
​​Environmental Policy​​​​
​ENV 1004H
​Urban Sustainability and Ecological Technology
​ENV 1005H
​Business and Environmental Politics
​ENV 1008H
Worldviews and Ecology​
​ENV 1444H
​Capitalist Nature
​ENV 1701H
Environmental Law​
ENV 1704H Environmental Risk Analysis and Management
​ENV 1707H
​Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing
​ENV 2000H​, Y
​Topics in Environmental Studies
ENV 2002H Special Topics—Environmental Studies
​ENV 4444Y+
​Internship
​ENV 5555Y+
​Research Paper

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Elective Joint Courses With the School of the Environment

​JGE 1413H Workshop in Environmental Impact Assessment
​JGE 1420H Urban Waste Management: an International Perspective
JGE 1425H Livelihoods, Poverty, and Environment in the Developing Countries
JGE 1609H Cities, Industry, and the Environment
JSE 1708H The Development of Sustainability Thought

Other Elective Courses

Adult Education and Community Development

LHA 1104H Community Education and Organizing
LHA 1131H Special Topics in Adult Education (Master's)
​LHA 1160H Introduction to Transformative Learning Studies
​LHA 1193H Adult Education for Sustainability

Anthropology

​​ANT 6018H
Approaches to Nature and Culture​​

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

CHE 2504H Environmental Pollution Prevention
​JNC 2503H
Environmental Pathways​​​

Chemistry

CHM 1401H Transport and Fate of Chemical Species in the Environment
​CHM 1404H Molecular Analysis of Natural Systems
​CHM 1410H Analytical Environmental Chemistry
​CHM 1415H Atmospheric Chemistry
CHM 1420H Environmental Chemistry of Soil
CHM 1425H Modelling the Fate of Organic Chemicals in the Environment

Computer Science

CSC 2720H Systems Thinking for Global Problems

Forestry

FOR 1270H Forest Biomaterial Sciences: Fundamentals, Applications, and the Next Frontier
FOR 1288H Design and Manufacturing of Biomaterials
FOR 1294H Bioenergy and Biorefinery Technology
​FOR 1416H Forest Fire Danger Rating
FOR 1555H Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
FOR 1575H Urban Forest Conservation
JFG 1610H Sustainable Forest Management and Certification

Geography and Planning

GGR 1214H Global Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles
GGR 1406H Energy Supply and Use
GGR 1407H Efficient Use of Energy
GGR 1408H Carbon-Free Energy
JGE 1413H Workshop in Environmental Impact Assessment
JGE 1420H Urban Waste Management: an International Perspective
JGE 1425H Livelihoods, Poverty, and Environment in the Developing Countries
JGE 1609H Cities, Industry, and the Environment
JPG 1402H Environment and Development
JPG 1403H  Political Ecology of African Environments
​JPG 1​404H
Issues in Global Warming​
​JPG 1410H Institutional and Organizational Ecology
​JPG 1415H
​Global Environmental Justice and Social Movements
​JPG 1419H
​Aboriginal/Canadian Relations in Environment and Resource Management
JPG 1518H Sustainability and Urban Communities
PLA 1601H Environmental Planning and Policy

Global Affairs

JSE 1708H
​The Development of Sustainability Thought

Information

INF 2125H Information and Culture in a Global Context

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

MIE 1120H Current Energy Infrastructure and Resources

Physics

​PHY 1498H Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
​PHY 2502H Climate System Dynamics
​PHY 2504H Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics
​PHY 2505H Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sounding
​PHY 2506H Data Assimilation and Retrieval Theory

Political Science

POL 2213H Global Environmental Politics

Social Justice Education

SJE 1909H Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 1
SJE 1919H Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 2
SJE 2999H Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education