Calendar 2001-2002<Faculty of Environmental
must pass courses worth a minimum of 120 credits (equivalent to
20 full-year courses) in order to graduate with the BES Specialized
Honours Degree. At least 60 credits and a maximum of 90 credits
shall be Environmental Studies courses. An overall grade point
average of at least 5.0 (midpoint of the C+ range) must be maintained.
choose their courses in the BES program according to the following
General Education (at least 12 credits):
York's philosophy of undergraduate education, BES students are required
to study in humanities and the natural sciences.
BES humanities requirement can be satisfied by taking ENVS 1800
6.0 or a 1000-level course (at least 6 credits) from the Division
of Humanities, (Classical Studies; English; French Studies; History;
Humanities; Languages, Literature and Linguistics; or Philosophy).
natural science requirement is met by taking ENVS 1500 6.0 Introduction
to Science for Environmental Studies or a first year (6 credit)
course from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (excluding Natural
Required Core Environmental Studies Courses (39 credits):
1000 6.0 Approaches to Environmental Studies;
1200 6.0 BES Workshop;
2000 3.0 Paradigms in Environmental Studies;
2010 6.0 Methods in Environmental Studies I;
2500 6.0 Applied Environmental Sciences;
3000 3.0 Environmental Ethics;
3011 3.0 Methods in Environmental Studies II;
4000 6.0 Senior Honours Work.
Theme Foundation Requirement (at least 6 credits) two or more of:
2100 3.0 Foundations of Nature, Technology and Society;
2200 3.0 Foundations of Human Settlements;
2300 3.0 Foundations of Global Development, Peace and Justice;
2400 3.0 Foundations of Environmental Policy & Action.
credits of environmental studies (ENVS) courses at the 3000 or
4000 level (in addition to (b) above);
these, at least 6 credits must be at the 4000-level ENVS courses.
Courses are selected in the context of the Program Plan.
addition to the general education requirements, 24 credits are taken
as electives outside of the Faculty. These courses are selected
in the context of the Program Plan.
Free Elective Courses:
to 21 credits taken from any undergraduate Faculty (including FES).
Courses are selected in the context of the Program Plan and with
the assistance of the BES program adviser.
Theme Concentration Requirement, and the 4000 Level Requirement,
are met within the 63 credits of courses from the Depth, Breadth,
and Free Elective Courses (i.e. (g) and (h) occur within (a) through
Theme Concentration Requirement:
least 27 credits in courses inside or outside of FES (beyond the
core and "foundation" courses) that are relevant to the student's
chosen theme concentration. Relevance is established through approval
of each student's individualized Program Plan; courses may include
those taken in meeting depth, and breadth requirements, as well
as free elective courses.
4000 Level Requirement (at least 18 credits):
must take at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, of which at least
12 must be ENVS credits, including:
4000 6.0 Senior Honours Work;
credits in ENVS courses at the 4000 level (see depth requirement);
credits of York courses at the 4000 level (may or may not include