Environmental Geochemistry Option

The Environmental Geochemistry Option is offered by the Department of Earth Sciences.  Consult the Earth Sciences listing for contacts and Faculty.

This option provides Earth Sciences students who have an interest in environmental science with a background to pursue careers or graduate studies in environmentally related geoscience fields, especially in areas related to water resources, contamination and remediation.

Professional Registration

Geoscience is a regulated profession in most of Canada. Individual provinces and territories have legislative acts that restrict the practice of geoscience to individuals who are registered members of professional associations. In New Brunswick, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) is the licensing body. In order to meet the requirements of professional registration, specific academic training and four years of appropriate full-time experience as a geologist- or geophysicist-in-training following graduation are needed. Geoscientists Canada has developed a set of guidelines for the academic training that are used by most provinces. The professional stream programs offered by the Department currently meet these guidelines. Because the academic requirements are set by the individual provincial bodies, outside of the control of the Department of Earth Sciences, and the provincial bodies are free to change their requirements at any time, there is no guarantee that a student will meet the academic requirements for registration. Students are urged to consult the relevant provincial body to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements.
Environmental Geochemistry Programs

The Department of Earth Sciences offers an option in the Earth Sciences (see the Earth Sciences section of this calendar), an option in Environmental Geochemistry and a Joint Programs in Earth Sciences and Physics and Earth Sciences and Economics with the relevant departments (see the Interdepartmental Programs section of this calendar). Co-op programs are available.

The Environmental Geochemistry Option includes two programs Honours and Major. Within each program are two streams, the Hydrogeochemistry Stream and the Earth Systems Stream. Two required off-schedule field schools for the Major and Honours programs contribute 10ch to the program totals. Both programs currently meet the academic knowledge requirements set by Geoscientists Canada for professional registration in the environmental geoscience stream.

  1. Honours Program (minimum of 152 ch): This program is recommended for students intending to pursue graduate studies in environmental geoscience, or whose goal is to become a professional geoscientist. The program requires a thesis and a cgpa of 3.0 at the time of entry (start of the student’s final year). Honours students are not formally recognized as such until this time.
  2. Major Program (minimum of 144 ch): This program also is designed to meet the knowledge requirements for professional registration. It is the same as the honours program except it does not require a thesis.

All required and elective science and ESCI courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Common Core

All students in the Earth Sciences and Environmental Geochemistry options take a common core in the first two years of study.

First Year (36 ch minimum)

ESCI 1001ESCI 1006 or ESCI 1026ESCI 1012,  ESCI 1017MATH 1003 or MATH 1053, MATH 1013 or MATH 1063, CHEM 1001, CHEM 1006, CHEM 1012, CHEM 1017. The third science must also include the labs, either PHYS 1061PHYS 1071PHYS 1062PHYS 1091PHYS 1092, or BIOL 1001, BIOL 1006, BIOL 1012BIOL 1017

Any deficiencies in the first-year requirements must be made up in the second year.

PHYS 1071 and PHYS 1072 may be substituted for PHYS 1061 and PHYS 1062, but students are cautioned that they may not be accepted for professional registration in some provinces.

Second Year (39 ch minimum)

ESCI 2131ESCI 2142ESCI 2211ESCI 2321ESCI 2522ESCI 2602ESCI 2703STAT 2264 or STAT 2593.  Two science electives (8 ch minimum) chosen from the following:

PHYS 1061 and PHYS 1091 (counts as one elective)

PHYS 1062 and PHYS 1092 (counts as one elective)

BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1006 (counts as one elective)

BIOL 1012 and BIOL 1017 (counts as one elective)

MATH 1503 or MATH 2003

CS 1003 or CS 1073

CHEM 2121 or CHEM 2201 or CHEM 2321 or CHEM 2401 or CHEM 2421

First year physics or biology must include lecture and lab. Courses used to satisfy first year requirements cannot be used to meet this requirement. Students intending to take a professional stream must take a full year of physics (PHYS 1061/PHYS 1062/PHYS 1091/PHYS 1092) and at least one term of Biology (BIOL 1001/BIOL 1006) in either the first or second year. Other sciences may be taken with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

At the end of the winter term of the second year must chose an option and program stream. Because many third and fourth year courses are offered in alternate years, students must consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies when planning their program in order to graduate in a timely fashion.

Honours Program

Entrance to the Environmental Geosciences Honours Program requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 overall, by the end of the third year. The student must have completed all first and second year requirements and at least 20 ch of earth science requirements for their stream. An application for admission to the Honours program, available from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, must be submitted by the last day to add classes of the fall term of the fourth year. Students not admitted to the Honours Program may continue in the Major Program.

For graduation with an Honours degree, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a grade of B- or higher in ESCI 4900 are required. Students failing to meet these requirements will be awarded a Major degree.

Third and Fourth Year (77 ch minimum)

ESCI 2022ESCI 3442, ESCI 3631ESCI 3713ESCI 4401ESCI 4512, one of ESCI 3482 or ESCI 3492, ESCI 4900, one set of the stream requirements plus the following electives:

Hydrogeochemistry Stream

ESCI 4452GE 5753 plus 2 elective ESCI courses (6 ch minimum)

Earth Systems Stream

ESCI 3271, ESCI 3282, ESCI 3292, and one ESCI elective (3 ch minimum)

Electives

Four elective courses from the Faculty of Arts (minimum of 12 ch)

Three courses at the 2000 level or above (9 ch minimum) from Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Studies that form a coherent group.

Two free elective courses (minimum of 6 ch) from any Faculty or Department.

Major Program

Third and Fourth Year (69 ch minimum)

ESCI 2022ESCI 3442ESCI 3631ESCI 3713ESCI 4401ESCI 4512, one of ESCI 3482 or ESCI 3492one set of the stream requirements plus the following electives:

Hydrogeochemistry Stream

ESCI 4452GE 5753 plus 2 elective ESCI courses (6 ch minimum)

Earth Systems Stream

ESCI 3271ESCI 3282ESCI 3292, and one ESCI elective (3 ch minimum)

Electives

Four elective courses from the Faculty of Arts (minimum of 12 ch
Three courses at the 2000 level or above (9 ch minimum) from Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Studies that form a coherent group.
Two free elective courses (minimum of 6 ch) from any Faculty or Department.

Co-op Program

The UNB Faculty of Science seeks to provide opportunities for students and employers to develop relationships that enhance the learning experience for students and present employers with skilled, motivated employees looking to make a career connection. To achieve this, the Faculty through the Department of Earth Sciences, and other Science departments and programs, operates a Co-operative education program. Co-op opportunities are available for qualified students, please refer to the Science section of this calendar for detailed information.

Minor Program

The Department does not offer a Minor Environmental Geochemistry. Students may take a minor in Earth Sciences with a suitable choice of courses in environmental geoscience. Consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.