Bachelor of Environment in REM

Is a Bachelor of Environment in REM right for you?

If you are interested in being a changemaker and actively contributing to a more sustainable, equitable and just future, a REM degree is for you.  

A Bachelor of Environment in Resource and Environmental Management (REM) is an interdisciplinary degree that combines perspectives from both the natural and social sciences to help you better understand today’s environmental challenges and enable you to contribute to meaningful solutions for a better future. In addition to gaining an understanding of how the natural environment works, you will explore the societal structures and processes that influence how we interact with the environment and the policy approaches and tools we have to promote change.

Examples of questions we discuss in REM are:

  • Is the carbon tax an effective way to decarbonize our economy?
  • Will we have enough electricity if we all drive electric vehicles?
  • How can we balance conservation and preservation with the needs of local communities for jobs and economic development opportunities?
  • How can we make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change?
  • How can we help industries like forestry, agriculture and fisheries become more sustainable?

You will learn about socio-cultural and Indigenous perspectives, earth processes, environmental impact assessments, analytics in decision-making, conflict resolution and policy, and planning and regulation — and how this knowledge can be used to guide sustainable environmental management. You will also look at specific natural resource industries like energy, forestry, or fisheries.

More questions?

Contact May Fan, REM undergraduate advisor or book an appointment on Advisor Link.

Read the full overview of the REM major program here.

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Meet one of our students

Paige was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the Resource and Environmental Management (REM) program. Making connections between government and industry and understanding the intersections between economics, climate justice, policy and ecology has helped her prepare for a variety of career opportunities.

“In REM we learn about the different levels of environmental and climate decision-making, whether by local governments or the United Nations.”

What career opportunities will a degree in REM offer?

REM degrees prepare you for a wide range of careers in the government, industry, and non-profit sectors that are at the forefront of creating a more sustainable future. Some possible careers include:

  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Business sustainability manager
  • Compliance coordinator
  • Parks manager
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Waste management program coordinator
  • Natural resource specialist
  • Wetlands conservation manager

Meet one of our alumni

Q̓án̓ístisḷa (Michael) graduated in 2018 with a bachelor of environment. In 2021, he was recognized as one of  Corporate Knights’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders and Future of Good’s Young Impact Leaders. During his undergraduate degree, his interests in conservation and Indigenous-led resource management led him to multiple co-op positions, which helped shape his professional career.

He is currently the Hailcistut (Reconciliation) Implementation Manager for the Heiltsuk Nation, where he is responsible for projects related to coastal and marine environments, economic development, housing and self governmence.

Dive deeper

Planning Stream

The School of Resource and Environmental Management offers an accredited Planning Stream that students may apply to in their second year. Students in the Planning Stream work towards their Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation, preparing them for a career in transportation planning, rural and urban planning, environmental planning and more.

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Honours Program

The REM Honours program is extended to students who are excelling academically and who complete supplementary coursework with distinction. Students may apply to enter the REM honours program in their second year if they meet the following conditions:

  • A minimum of 45 units completed

  • A minimum CGPA of 3.33

  • Completion of REM 200 with a minimum grade of B+

  • Departmental approval  

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Co-op Program

Co-op is an exceptional way to acquire career-related experience and help finance your education. Students alternate academic semesters with a minimum of three full-time paid work terms. Students are encouraged to apply to Co-op as early as possible in their academic career to facilitate optimal scheduling.

Why Participate in Co-op?

  • Get access to a variety of paid, quality jobs (many of which are not available to non-co-op students)
  • Explore a variety of jobs and employment areas during a sequence of work terms
  • Develop excellent résumés and get real interview experience
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Gain a better understanding of your coursework
  • Access jobs in other parts of B.C., Canada, and the world, gaining broader experience
  • For visa students, get access to paid off-campus Canadian work experience

View sample REM Co-op Positions

View sample REM Planning Co-op Positions

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