• Application Deadline: 
    March 1
  • Profile Code: 
  • DEC in: 
  • Program Length: 
    2 years

The Environmental Science Profile offers all the same science prerequisites for university entrance as other Science profiles (Pure and Applied and Health) with a focus on ecology, outdoor labs and stimulating field trips. You will gain practical field experience that can be applied to your university studies. Environmental Science highlights the diversity and interconnectedness of living organisms and their importance in the ecosystem.

Environmental Science at Dawson taught me many useful skills, including how to write a scientific article, design an experiment and collect data outside of a laboratory setting.
— Juliet M.

What you will learn?

  • To identify the context in which scientific ideas originate and evolve
  • To collect, analyze and communicate experimental data
  • To think critically and analytically
  • To reason like a scientist

Where will this program lead you?

Graduates of the Environmental Science Profile can pursue their studies in any field, as they will have the prerequisites necessary for admission to all university programs. Many choose to continue in the Sciences in programs such as Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, Geography and Conservation Ecology.

What else you should know?

  • Students will participate in many field trips, including a five-day intensive trip as part of the Environmental Biology & Wilderness Camping course combination (two nights of which are spent outdoors). There are also possible volunteer and research opportunities.
  • Interested students can add the Ecology and Culture complementary course; an intensive course that takes place in Costa Rica.
  • Courses in Biology and Physical Education are adapted to the Environmental Science Profile and focus on Ecology, as opposed to human anatomy and physiology. 

What do you need to get in?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Sec V Mathematics – Technical & Scientific option or Science option 564-506 or 565-506
  • Sec V Chemistry 551-504
  • Sec V Physics 553-504

Conditional admission is based on Secondary IV final and Secondary V mid-term grades. Final admission into the Science Program is contingent on obtaining a DES which includes the prerequisite courses with appropriate grades.

Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: October 7, 2020