About the Program

Environmental Science is an undergraduate program offered in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, that fosters critical thinking about how the world works, and teaches students to use science to resolve environmental problems.

The Program offers both Major and Honours options leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Co-operative Education enhances academic studies with related paid workplace experience, and is available to qualified students in the Faculty of Environment. 

Science Foundation

The Program provides a broad, interdisciplinary education, with a solid foundation in the physical and biological sciences, anchored by core environmental science courses.

Core Courses

All students complete common core Environmental Science (EVSC) courses each year, which develop key knowledge and skills such as writing, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. This core course structure facilitates the formation of an Environmental Science cohort group of students who progress through the program together, providing opportunities for idea exchange, team-building, friendship and networking during their studies.

Capstone Project

Students complete their program with an EVSC ‘capstone’ course in their final year, where they apply what they’ve learned during their studies to a collaborative group research project on a real-world environmental problem.

Program Concentrations

Concentrations offer course selections tailored to foster specialized skills and knowledge. Students choose the concentration that allows them to dig deeper into the area of environmental science that interests them most.

Applied Biology

Develop a strong background in ecology, whole-organism biology, and applied conservation biology. Assess the impacts of human activities on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Environmental Earth Systems

Acquire integrative understanding of environmental processes and systems. Develop technical skills in quantitative research methods. Use remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems to analyze spatial data.


Build a broad knowledge base in biology, environmental analytical chemistry, and geography. Receive in-depth training in the design of sampling schemes for environmental analysis and monitoring.

Water Science

Receive comprehensive training in hydrology, climatology, glaciology and aquatic sciences. Develop expertise in assessment of water resources in the context of Earth’s changing climate.