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 Message from the Chair

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Environmental Science program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Corner Brook, situated on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, is one of the most picturesque places in North America. It is a small and safe community (22,000) that boasts a good snow fall and a moderate summer season. The town offers a surprising collection of major department stores, cultural centers, pubs, eateries and is situated right on the Humber Arm (an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean). There are many cultural events in all four seasons with emphasis on both winter (classical and theatrical concerts, carnivals, down hill, cross-country and heli-skiing, snow-shoeing, skating, and associated sports like hockey and winter football) and summer delights (camping, fishing, hill walking, kayaking, site-seeing, swimming, water rafting, and outdoor music and theatre concerts). Further the city is positioned so that easy drives can take you to the ocean’s edge or to the hills of Gros Morne National Park, and is located near a national and international airport.

If you are looking for a quality education in a small campus setting, and wish a real change from city or urban life then this is the place were you can breathe clean air, have easy commutes, study and have a good and enjoyable time!

We are the oldest Environmental Science program in Atlantic Canada, offering our first B.Sc. degrees in Environmental Science since 1998. We are a small but vibrant discipline offering both general and honours degree programs in two streams: Biology and Chemistry. With proper and judicial selection of electives one can further emphasize selectivity to include concentrations in, for example: analytical detection of organic and inorganic components, limnology and aquatic science, physical and kinetic roles of biomolecules and organics, soil and earth systems, species and wildlife conservation, etc.

Both full time and part time studies are possible at this liberal arts and science college. With its small class size (approximately 40 in first year, smaller in upper years) and faculty open door policy, students have ample opportunities to approach their professors (who teach the courses) for discussion.

The program is home to twelve permanent faculty members and five other faculty succoured from other areas of study as well as 15 technical and laboratory staff that help offer the program. We have had faculty renewal and have seen a stable growth in enrolments since the program’s inception. Through associations with the Center of Environmental Excellence (CEE), Humber River Basin Project, Institute for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science & Sustainability (IBES), and the Bonne Bay Marine Station we anticipate further growth. Further we are anticipating building expansions over the next few years which will further our ability to increase our offerings.

We have Environmental Science, Biology and Chemistry student societies in place that allow all students (new and old, first year to fourth year) a chance to meet each other socially and to broaden their horizons in science.

Both Biology and Chemistry departments have excellent reputations for undergraduate programs and for the faculty members that teach them. Many of our faculty have won teaching awards at the university, provincial and national teaching levels.

We have a significant awards system in place for this program. Further, with the potential for part time work through departmental training schemes and with current low university tuition costs, education does not have to be an expensive endeavour.

Our track record for employment from this Environmental Science program boasts a 95% placement in areas of science, many in this province and in Atlantic Canada, although we have placement in almost every province and many of the states of USA. Continuing on to graduate school is a real possibility. Many have gone on to do MSc, PhD and work at faculty levels at other universities in a wide variety of disciplines to include : Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Education, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Medicine, Occupational Health, Pharmacy, and so on. Further, our students are employed in the: Analytical laboratories, Book publishers, Chemical Industry, Consulting firms, Federal and Provincial branches of the government (Acid Rain program, Canada Parks Commission, Environment, and Tourism), other colleges and educational institutions, Mining, Waste management companies, etc., all of which signifies that this program can open doors to abundant opportunities and can provide a knowledge basis set to allow the graduand the ability to succeed and be involved with life.

If you wish to further your query about the program or wish to discuss potential application then feel free to email me. Do not let shyness stand in the way of your potential.




Dr. Don-Roger Parkinson 
Chair, Environmental Science





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