Quantitative Environmental Science Requirements

Requirements: Quantitative Environmental Science Major



General Education Requirements


Core courses (25 credits)


Major electives (8 credits)

Choose two courses from the following:

Plus general electives to total 128 credits


Science electives (8 credits)

Two courses from the following list (may be taken without lab)


Math electives (8 credits)



Your Quantitative Environmental Science major will be focused in one of the following three specializations:  

Dynamical Systems

This track focuses on the time dependent aspect of natural systems. In many cases the temporal evolution on a natural system depends on the state of the system itself, together with selected external factors. For example the growth or contraction of the trout population in a stream may depend on the initial number of trouts present, water levels and concentration of pollutants, but also the size of other competing populations such as crayfish, snails, etc.. Examples from entirely different sectors are: the formation of rain, the eruption of a volcano, the death of an ecosystem, a disease epidemic, a local, global or sectorial market crash, the course of an illness, the explosion of a land mine, the explosion of a star, the orbit of planets. The temporal evolution of these systems is described by ordinary and/or partial differential equations. The two courses identified in this track will introduce students to the subject of differential equations in general, their classification, resolution techniques, and applicability, but also study a selection classic equations, and their solutions, in greater detail.

Environmental Decision Support System

This track highlights the study of optimisation models and their solution approaches. The object of these models is to find the best allocation of resources under the constraints imposed by environmental factors (e.g. scarce resources such as labour hours, raw material, budget, equipment and so on) and by policy regulations. The sequence of the courses will provide the students with the knowledge necessary for applying the optimisation model that will adequately address the given environmental situation and for reaching the solution that will best achieve the desired objective. Significant applications will be discussed and worked through so as to develop new insights and favour the acquisition of practice in interpreting the results. 

Data Analysis

The track is designed for the students interested in the statistical analysis of environmental phenomena. The complexity of these phenomena imposes that multiple measurements be made on each variable of interest (or individual or item), thereby implying the use of a multivariate statistical analysis. The course sequence will sharpen the students’ analytical abilities and enhance their confidence in the use of statistical methods and software packages. It will also provide new opportunities for undergraduate research in the field of Environmental Science. Significant applications will be discussed and worked through so as to develop new insights and favour the acquisition of practice in interpreting the results.


Departmental Honors Program

Students with GPA higher or equal to 3.5 (for the math and science courses) are eligible for the Honors Program of the Department.