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Environmental Studies (BA)

Environmental Studies (BA)

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Environmental Studies combines natural and social sciences to better understand the human relationship with the natural environment.

You'll focus on applied issues such as sustainability in the management of land and water, the formulation of environmental policy, and how to ensure a healthy future for humans and nature.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • First-year Environmental Studies courses combine classroom learning with hands-on tutorials, so that you get the opportunity to discuss and analyze real-world environmental challenges in small group settings.
  • Upper-year students participate in field study courses, where they can design and carry out original research projects in places such as provincial parks, cities and northern Canada. 
  • You’ll have opportunities to develop real applied skills, including use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), highly desired by employers.

Sample Courses

  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Wildlife and Resource Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge
  • Global Food Systems
  • Environmental Migration

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Sustainability Option
  • Geomatics Option
  • Community Engagement Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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