Undergaduate Degrees

Studying in Environment is more than you think. Tackle real-world problems, develop critical thinking and acquire new skills preparing you for multiple career paths.  

Explore the relationships between humans and their natural and built environments. Tailor your studies to align with your interests, by choosing one of three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Environment (BEnv - the only one in Canada),  or a Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Join our team of changemakers and together we will make meaningful change happen in the classroom, at home and in communities around the world.

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Bachelor of Arts

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology will have you exploring the human past from Neanderthals to current issues of First Nations heritage and its management.  You will delve into forensic science and learn about primates and changes in the human skeleton through biological anthropology. You will examine human/environmental interactions while working in labs, outside in the field, and traveling to local and/or international destinations.

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Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography will have you exploring the complex challenges our communities and our planet face.  You will learn how social, economic, political and environmental forces shape our daily lives.  By applying a global perspective, you will identify practical solutions through a range of research and analysis methods.

Students may opt for a bachelor of arts degree from either the Faculty of Environment, or a bachelor of business administration from the Beedie School of Business. Faculty requirements will be governed by the faculty from which the student chooses to complete a degree.

Bachelor of Environment

A Bachelor of Environment in Global Environmental Systems will allow you to focus on environmental issues, particularly the climate crisis. Using a global perspective, you will explore the intersection of social and biophysical systems (e.g. housing developments and loss of wildlife habitat), learn about the consequences of these systems and uncover how their negative effects might be mitigated. Advanced data analysis and modeling will become part of your toolkit. 

A Bachelor of Environment in Resource and Environmental Management will have you exploring how we manage natural resources like energy, forestry and fisheries.  You will learn how social and natural sciences, along with urban and rural planning, guide sustainable environmental management.  You will gain an understanding of socio-cultural and Indigenous perspectives, earth processes, environmental impact assessments, analytics in decision-making, conflict resolution and policy, planning, and regulation.

Earn either a Bachelor of Environment or a BBA in this joint major with the Beedie School of Business recognizes the need to adapt business practices to match an evolving global environment.

Bachelor of Science

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science will have you exploring the relationships between humans and the environment, drawing on a diverse range of disciplines. By examining Earth’s physical, chemical and biological processes, you will learn how to think critically about how the world works, and use science to address environmental problems.  You will tailor your degree to your interests, by choosing one of four concentrations: Applied Biology, Environmental Earth Systems, Environmetrics (environmental statistics), and Water Science.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in GIS will allow you to display and analyze spatial data using geographic information system technologies.  You will learn to create and interpret data in the form of maps, figures and models.  GIScience combines computer cartography, remote sensing, spatial data analysis, spatial theory and geovisualization.

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A Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography will have you exploring earth systems science by studying the interactions between air (atmosphere), water (hydrosphere), land (lithosphere) and the spaces where organisms live (biosphere).  You will investigate the events that influence our lives and how we are altering the Earth’s environmental systems.  You will tailor your studies to match your interests and career goals and be eligible for professional certification in the environmental and resource sectors.

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Interested in Sustainable Development?

We have a minor, a post-baccalaureate diploma and certificates at the graduate and undergraduate level, in addition to a Sustainable Business program with the Beedie School of Business!