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Learning Communities: a small group of students who share common courses, interests, and/or residence.

Transition Programs: unique programs for first year students transitioning from high school to university.

Academic Help: specialized help for math, academic writing, and study skills.

Environmental Science

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Discover how plants can clean up pollution. Investigate a boreal forest. Travel to developing nations. Explore the world beneath your feet. Experiment in the field and in the lab.


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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Environmental Science

  • B.S.A.

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What is Environmental Science?

Environmental science looks at how the earth’s natural resources are used—including the study of a variety of ongoing and emerging environmental issues including biological remediation agents, disposal of toxic chemicals, ground water contamination, overgrazing, ozone depletion, pesticides, preservation of wetlands and other natural habitats, production of greenhouse gases, and the production of genetically engineered plants, animals and microorganisms.

The environmental science program at the U of S explores the relationships between environmental constraints and sustainable development. An emphasis is placed on the challenges faced in Canada, including the impact of climate change, agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas exploration on the environment.

Environmental Science: Is it for you?

AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program.  The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies.  Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Stockmen and Rodeo Club, Range Team, Dairy Team, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.

Graduates of our programs will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.

As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.

Sample Classes


Sampling and Laboratory Analysis

An introduction to the principles and practice of sampling and analysis of soils and related environmental materials. This course involves hands-on exercises on field soil and sediment sampling, sample handling, basic laboratory techniques and safety, selected laboratory analyses relevant to environmental science, and basic statistical analysis of data.

Grassland Soils and Vegetation

A five-day field course, plus tutorials early in the term, to study the landscape, soils and vegetation of the prairie ecozone. Emphasis will be on the environmental factors controlling plant distribution, classification and sampling of soil profiles, and characterizing vegetation and its relationships to soils and landscapes. Basic field skills will be taught, including soil and vegetation sampling, field measurements, and global positioning systems (GPS).

Contaminated Site Management and Remediation

This course will focus on how contaminated sites are managed and remediated for new land uses. Students will learn the theory of how sites are investigated and characterized, how toxicological information is used to estimate the risk to humans and ecosystems, how threats to groundwater are assessed and finally, methods by which these risks and threats are mitigated through remediation approaches. This course will provide students with the skill sets necessary to assess, manage and reduce human and ecological risk at a contaminated site.

Career Opportunities

A growing demand for scientists and professionals equipped to deal with agricultural and environmental issues means a wide variety of career choices for graduates specializing in environmental science or soil science.

  • environmental consultants
  • land reclamation specialists
  • surveyors
  • forestors
  • agricultural producers
  • land appraisers
  • hazardous and non-hazardous waste specialists
  • ecologists, technicians
  • chemical, fertilizer sales
  • agronomists

Opportunities abound in the private and public sectors, in Canada and abroad. Many graduates also find fulfilling careers in international development work.

 

A Stepping Stone

Students who have completed a diploma in a related area may receive up to two years block transfer credit to the BSA (Environmental Science).

A BSA degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from these highly-regarded BSA programs also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.