What will I learn?

This program provides a solid foundation in the principles of ecology, training in both pure and applied aspects of ecology and an introduction to economic, legal and policy issues related to the management of the environment. From the 2nd year on, students increasingly augment the core in ecology and policy with extensive restricted electives choices that allow the student to tailor the program to their interests. The major provides a sound science background for careers in conservation, resource management, ecological consulting, or nature interpretation used in teaching, government, non-government or the private sector; or for further post-graduate training in fundamental ecology, environmental biology and environmental management or policy.

Piece together the living puzzle pieces of our natural world. Learn how plants, animals, and microbes interact with their surroundings. Explore issues like habitat loss or why species such as the panda become endangered. Develop the expertise needed to contribute to solving ecosystem management questions. Prepare for a career in environmental protection, sustainability, consulting, and research and impact assessment.

Sample Careers:

Habitat conservation and restoration consultant

Environmental protection agent

Scientific writer/editor

Conservation ecologist

Which department am I in?

College of Biological Science

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
CAD$24,299.86 (US$ 19,012) per year
CAN $12,149.93 per each semester (Fall, Winter and Summer)
Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East,

Guelph,

Ontario (ON),

N1G 2W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The secondary school graduation certificate which would admit a student to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country is normally acceptable for admission to the University of Guelph. English Proficiency Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6, Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum overall band score of 70, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21, Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Minimum score of 60 and no score less than 60 for any individual component, Cambridge English: C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency - Minimum overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.

For international students

The secondary school graduation certificate which would admit a student to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country is normally acceptable for admission to the University of Guelph.

English Proficiency Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum overall band score of 70

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum composition score of 83. In addition, you must present a minimum score on the oral test of three (3)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Minimum score of 60 and no score less than 60 for any individual component

Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program - Successful completion of the University of Guelph, Open Learning Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program (Levels 9 and 10).

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Canadore College
  • Durham College
  • Confederation College
  • Fleming College
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