Program information for students in

Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY MAJOR

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Remember, your program requirements are those that were in effect when you started each component of your program. For example, you can be in the 2015-2016 version of your Major, and the 2016-2017 version of your Specialization. To see the term when you started a program component, look at your unofficial transcript on Minerva.

Find your program requirements, including complementary course lists, in the eCalendar:

2017-2018 version of the eCalendar

Previous versions of the eCalendar

Remember that if you click on individual courses in the eCalendar's program requirements, you can view pre-requisites and other restrictions. You can also search the eCalendar for courses.

Note the following courses are offered only in alternate years:

Course   offered next offered
BIOL 427 Herpetology (downtown)

Complementary in Wildlife Biology

Odd-numbered Falls

Fall 2017*, Fall 2019, Fall 2021

*this offering has been cancelled, course will be offered in Fall 2018

WILD 475 Desert Ecology Complementary in Wildlife Biology

Odd-numbered Winters

Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2023

MICR 450 Environmental Microbiology

Complementary in Applied Ecology

Odd-numbered Winters

Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2023

Suggested course progression

I highly recommend you follow the recommendations below, to ensure that you make adequate progress in your degree and avoid potentially serious scheduling difficulties in the coming years. If you take courses outside the recommended order, you may run into pre-requisite issues. Also, schedules are made in order for students to be able to complete their program in 3 years assuming they completed all program pre-requisites before starting their Major, and they follow the recommendations below. Of course, not all students can follow these recommendations for a variety of reasons. If you need help planning your courses, please talk to me directly. Note that complementary and even elective courses are included below - these are options which are conflict-free by design, but of course you can choose others, as scheduling permits.

If you are missing Freshman-level courses, please discuss with me the best strategy to include these in your schedule.

Most students take five 3-credit courses per term (15 credits total), but some choose to take four courses (12 credits total).  For most students the overall program can be completed in three years if a full course load (i.e., 15 credits) is taken each term.  If you take less than 5 courses per term it may be possible for you to "catch up" with summer courses, or you can take an extra semester or year. You are considered a full-time student if you register for at least 12 credits in a given term. Note that to be eligible for in-course scholarships from our Faculty, you must complete 27 graded credits in the school year.

The tables below are valid for the 2017-2018 school year. These tables represent blocks of courses that are conflict-free with each other.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1- Do not use these tables as lists of program requirements! Program requirements must be accessed from the eCalendar (pay attention to the version of the program you are in, and make sure you look at the correct information on the eCalendar). For example, if an instructor who teaches a required course goes on sabbatic and the course is not offered in a given year, it will not appear in the tables, but it's still required. Similarly, alternate year courses (some of which are required in some programs) will not appear in the tables, in the years when they are not offered.

2- These blocks of courses are conflict-free by design, and exist to ensure it's possible for a "typical" student to complete the program in 3 years. You are free to take different complementary or elective courses than the ones listed below, scheduling permitting. Whether courses from different blocks are conflict-free with each other is up to chance. It's not because courses from different blocks were conflict-free with each other one year, that they will also be in any other year.

3- If the courses listed in a given term are insufficient in number, fill up your schedule with other complementary courses of your choice, or electives. 

Legend for course types

(rM): required in the Major; (rS): required in the Specialization; (cM): complementary in the Major; (cS): complementary in the Specialization; (e): elective

Fall 2017 for students in U1 Winter 2018 for students in U1
AEBI 210 Organisms 1 (rM) AEBI 211 Organisms 2 (rM)**
ENVB 210 The Biophysical Envrionment (rM) AEBI 212 Evolution and Phylogeny (rM)**
ENVB 222 St.Lawrence Ecosystems (rM) AEHM 205 Science Literacy (rM)

FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry (e) if not already done* OR ENVB 301 Meteorology (cM)

ENVB 305 Population and Community Ecology (cM)

LSCI 204 Genetics (rM)

LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1* (rM)

*To register for LSCI 211 students must also be registered for FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry, in the same or a previous term unless an equivalent Organic Chemistry course was completed prior to coming to McGill. If you already completed a full term of Organic Chemistry, you do NOT need to take FDSC 230 and could replace it by ENVB 301 Meteorology in your first term. If this is the case and Minerva prevents you from registering for LSCI 211 due to a “pre-requisite/test score error”, please contact me directly.

**Note that the labs for AEBI 211 and 212 are scheduled at the same time. Labs for AEBI 212 run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 16 2018, and labs for AEBI 211 run from Feb. 19 to April 16 2018. Some systems might indicate there is a scheduling conflict between these courses, but there is not.

 

Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ENTO 330 Insect Biology (cM)

AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM)

WILD 307 Natural History of the Vertebrates (cM, cS) PLNT 304 Biology of Fungi (cM, cS)
  WILD 350 Mammalogy (cS)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM)

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
ENVB 410 Ecosystem Ecology (rM) ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impacts (rS, cM)
ENVB 415 Ecosystem Management (rS) MICR 331 Microbial Ecology (cM, cS)
ENVB 529 GIS for Natural Resource Management (rS, cM)  

 

Environmental Biology and Plant Biology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2

ENTO 330 Insect Biology (cM)

    

AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM)

PLNT 305 Plant Pathology (cS)

LSCI 230 Introductory Microbiology (e)

PLNT 358 Flowering Plant Diversity (rS, cM)

PLNT 304 Biology of Fungi (cM, cS)

 

PLNT 310 Plant Propagation (cS)

  PLNT 353 Plant Structure and Function (rS)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM) 

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
ANSC 326 Fundamentals of Population Genetics (cM)

ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impacts (cM)

ENVB 410 Ecosystem Ecology (rM)

MICR 331 Microbial Ecology (cM)

ENVB 529 GIS for Natural Resource Management (cM)

PLNT 304 Biology of Fungi (cM, cS)

PLNT 460 Plant Ecology (cS)

PLNT 426 Plant Ecophysiology (rS)

 

Environmental Biology and Wildlife Biology

 

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2

PLNT 358 Flowering Plant Diversity (rS, cM)

      

AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM)

WILD 307 Natural History of the Vertebrates (rS)

ENVB 305 Population and Community Ecology (cM)

 

WILD 350 Mammalogy (cS)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM)

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3

ENVB 410 Ecosystem Ecology (rM)

ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impacts (cM)

ENVB 529 GIS for Natural Resource Management (cM)

ENVB 506 Quantitative Methods: Ecology (e)

WILD 401 Fisheries and Wildlife Management (rS)

WILD 421 Wildlife Conservation (cS)

WILD 420 Ornithology (cS)

WILD 424 Parasitology (cS)