Welcome to Environmental Sciences at StFX, where students explore global climate change, biodiversity, and chemical contamination of the air, water and land. By developing the scientific skills necessary to understand and tackle the complex environmental issues of today and the future, StFX Environmental Sciences graduates build a strong academic foundation for understanding the environmental challenges facing our planet and the ways in which we can affect change.
A degree in environmental sciences prepares students for graduate studies, to become researchers, as well as for a wide range of careers in environmental consulting, chemical remediation of pollution, climatology, and alternative energy fields.
The First Year
Environmental science course selection will vary according to the students’ individual areas of interest. However, a typical first year student would take chemistry, biology and calculus, in addition to earth sciences. These courses provide the foundation for understanding the atmosphere, oceans and hydrological systems, along with land-surface exchanges that are controlled by complex chemical, biological and physical processes.
The Environmental Sciences program offers honours and advanced majors in specialties of chemistry, biology, biogeochemistry, and climate & water.
The study of environmental sciences at StFX is a natural fit. Experts in this field are located within a number of active research groups on campus. These groups of researchers, working on complex scientific issues ranging from global climate change and sustainable alternative energy programs, to biological species dynamics in a changing environment and chemical contamination and transport, provide a core of faculty offering courses to the Environmental Sciences students.