Human Environment (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
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 highlights

  • Access to a cartography studio and labs for climate modelling and environmental impact
  • Research opportunities with the Landscape Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Lab

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)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major or specialization.



Courses


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.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements



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.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

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.

Winter term

WINTER

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

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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