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Human Environment (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Human Environment?

Explore how geography influences human behavior and examine the impact of human activity on the environment. As a geographer, your knowledge of this complex relationship will lead you towards creative solutions for some of the most important issues we face today: climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resource management and sustainability.

Through labs, lectures and projects, you will:

  • Study the relationships between people and places: what places mean, how places shape our lives
  • Examine the causes and consequences of environmental change
  • Consider the role and significance of social and environmental justice issues
  • Identify approaches to support the efficient, equitable and sustainable use of resources
  • Learn to gather, analyze and interpret statistical data
  • Acquire technical skills  in computerized mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

After graduation, your knowledge and technical skills will prepare you for careers in areas such as climate change adaptation policy, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity conservation and protected areas planning, and urban and regional planning.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Honours in Human Environment (60 credits)
  • Specialization in Human Environment (60 credits)
  • Major in Human Environment (42 credits)
  • Minor in Human Environment (30 credits)


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 21 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: C+ (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 11 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26 (Honours: 31)

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:

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.

After your degree

Human Environment alumni have established careers in a range fields including environmental impact assessment, resource conservation, urban and regional planning, housing and community development, and teaching. Recent graduates have become researchers with the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biodiversity.

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