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Environment and Society

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

Become part of a multidisciplinary program, taught by dynamic professors and experts in the field. Study environmental science, resource management, and environmental philosophy and policy. Plan research projects and develop the practical skills to implement your ideas through the Cooperative Education Option! Learn about how physical and human systems affect our environment.


Program Options

Bachelor of Arts and Science - Environment and Society

  • B.A.& Sc. Four-year
  • B.A.& Sc. Honours
  • Co-operative Education Option

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What is Environment and Society?

The Environment and Society program prepares students for employment or further study in a broad range of areas related to the environment. Through exposure to diverse perspectives, students will develop an understanding of environmental science, resource management, environmental philosophy, policy, and environmental studies.

Environment and Society: Is it for you?

  • The B.A.Sc. (Bachelor of Arts and Science) is a unique program designed to expose you to ideas about the environment. We focus on natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. You will take courses in a diverse range of topics including the following: hydrology,climatology, vegetation, geomorphology, public policy, political studies, history, philosophy, and statistics.
  • Coming in September 2015, students can choose to participate in the Cooperative Education Program, where you work in public and private companies related to fields such as environmental studies, resource management, public policy, and more. This program allows you to gain practical skills and experience in a workplace setting.  For more information on this program please contact the department in your first year of study. 
  • Learn from our outstanding faculty. Study many different areas. Be one of a unique group of people with a Bachelor of Arts and Science. We prepare you for employment in several industries, further studies in a graduate program, or both!

Sample Classes

  • GEOG 280: Environmental Geography
    An introduction to the geographic perspectives on resources and the environment. This course introduces environmental geography as an integrative science to explore the relationships between human and physical systems.
  • TOX 301: Environmental Toxicology
    A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships. Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed.
  • GEOG 385: Analysis of Environmental Management and Policy Making
    An examination of various approaches to environmental management. Emphasis is placed on environmental policy making and management strategies pertinent in a western context. Analytical frameworks used to understand how policies are developed and implemented are also introduced.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmentalist
  • Park ranger
  • Land surveyor
  • GIS analyst
  • Environmental technologist
  • Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental health officer
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental quality specialist

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Computer skills
  • Conducting field research
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
  • Technical skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving skills

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