Why study Environmental and Sustainability Science?
Climate change, loss of biodiversity, severe weather events, pollution and the unsustainable use of the Earth’s resources are some of the most pressing challenges of our time. If you are fascinated by the science behind how human activity affects our planet, and passionate about creating a more sustainable future, the Environmental and Sustainability Science program is for you.
Following one of the three program streams (Earth Systems and Climate Science, Environmental Biology or Environmental Chemistry), you will learn to understand and assess the impact of human activity on natural cycles, ecosystems, species and landforms, while specializing in one particular disciplinary approach to environmental issues.
Students in all streams will take courses in geography, geology, biology and chemistry to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career or further studies in the environmental sciences. You will:
Learn about the physical and chemical processes that shape our planet
Study the evolution and conservation of biodiversity on earth
Study the causes and consequences of climate change and environmental pollution
Learn to design experiments and gather and interpret statistical data
Acquire technical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
Learn to develop effective policies for environmental management and the protection of endangered wildlife
Science First-Year Experience Program - For students from other Canadian provinces. Connect with other first-year science students and engage in interdisciplinary, research-based approaches to the foundational sciences.
Honours in Environmental and Sustainability Science (69 credits)
Specialization in Environmental and Sustainability Science (63 credits)
The degree culminates in the completion of a capstone course, a collaborative small-group experiential learning project in which students from across all program streams evaluate an environmental issue using the expertise of all participants.
The BSc in Environmental and Sustainability Science has three streams:
Earth Systems and Climate Science Based in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, in this stream you will take additional courses in geography and geology and gain the interdisciplinary training needed to address the many pressing environmental issues of the Anthropocene.
Environmental Biology Based in the Department of Biology, in this stream you will learn about the beauty and diversity of the natural world and explore challenges such as the perturbation of nutrient cycles, the conservation of wild populations and human population growth and resource consumption.
Environmental Chemistry Based in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in this stream you will gain further expertise in the physico-chemical processes of the environment, learning to work with quantitative data and understand (bio)chemical reactions on a molecular level. Solid training in analytical chemistry will provide the tools to conduct rigorous environmental assessments.
See the complete list of courses and full degree requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar:
The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. Co-op is only available to students registered in the Environmental Biology and Environmental Chemistry streams.
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.
March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
After graduation, your knowledge and technical skills will prepare you for careers with environmental consulting companies, natural resource agencies and NGOs, or for graduate studies in each of the three core disciplines (Geography, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry), in addition to the interdisciplinary field of Environmental and Sustainability Science.
Alumni have established careers in a range of fields including:
Get inspired by life. Immerse yourself in the study of life at all levels: from the edge of biochemistry through cell biology and the physiology of multicellular organisms to the interactions between organisms and their environment.