Program Definitions

Core CLEN Courses: These are mandatory courses developed specifically for the program that must be taken by all students in the Climate and Environment Program. Core CLEN courses are:


CLEN 101- Introduction to the Climate System

CLEN 102- Introduction to Environmental Systems

CLEN 201- Climate Change and People

CLEN 202- Understanding Climate Change

CLEN 301- Introduction to Science Policy and Science-Based Public Policy Decision-Making

CLEN 302- Environmental Sustainability for Organizations

CLEN 401- Strategies for Addressing Climate and Environmental Issues

CLEN 402- Addressing Climate and Environmental Issues

Other courses bearing the CLEN designation can be used as electives or towards the requirements of the concentration(s) for which they have been approved.


Designated courses: These are courses offered by other departments that are identified by the Climate and Environment Advisory committee as suitable to meet the requirements for the program. In the Climate and Environment program there is a designated courses list for the Climate concentration, one for the Environment Concentration, and one for the Humanities requirement. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for more details.

Climate Concentration: Students must complete a concentration in Climate (of either 24 or 48 credits). The concentration covers how the climate works, how we measure climate, and issues surrounding climate. Courses in this Concentration will help students develop fundamental scientific methodology in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, as well the social and political dynamics that inform societal responses to help them appreciate the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and climate system as well as its effects.

NOTE: Students interested in taking Climate as their Primary Concentration are highly recommended to take 3 credits of Physics at the 100-level (101 or 121) as well as MATH 106, which requires pre-calculus in High School. This will ensure that they will have the widest breadth of designated courses available to them, and that they will be prepared for the quantitative portion of evaluating climate and climate change.

Environment Concentration: The Environment Concentration includes content on the composition of the environment and the issues it currently faces. Students may consider how population growth, consumption, the growth of technology, and other factors affect the chemical and physical composition of our environment, as well as how we track these changes in our environment. Students can take courses that focus on resource management, chemical contaminants, earth processes, and other related topics.

Humanities Requirement: As part of the BASc degree structure, students must complete a 12 credits of Humanities courses. Students will choose from a list of approved Humanities courses. Environmental Ethics is included in the list of approved courses and is highly recommended.

Honours Program: Students interested in attending graduate school and gaining undergraduate research experience are encouraged to complete the Honours option. To complete the Honours program, students must maintain a specific average and complete CLEN 490- Honours Thesis in Climate and Environment. See the Academic Calendar for more details.