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).

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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.

Is Archaeology right for you?

  • Do you like to solve mysteries old and new?
  • Are you interested in biology, forensics or DNA?
  • Does Indigenous knowledge, culture and heritage management interest you?

Potential Careers

This degree prepares you for a variety of careers including: forensic scientist, paleoanthropologist, maritime archaeologist, and more working for industry, government, police and coroners, museums, parks and historical sites.

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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.

 

Is Human Geography right for you?

  • Do social issues like homelessness, addiction, and racism interest you?
  • Are you curious about how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Are you interested in how we can make neighbourhoods and cities more equitable, sustainable and functional?

Potential Careers

This degree prepares you for a career as an urban planner, tourism developer, government advisor, community development analyst, sustainable programs manager, policy analyst, environmental media coordinator and more.

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. 
 

Is Global Environmental Systems right for you?

  • Do you want to understand climate change and what we are doing about it?
  • Do you want to know what environmental justice is?
  • Are you curious about how to influence environmental legislation based on scientific evidence?

Potential Careers

This degree arms you with the ability to support decision-making and communicate scientific and technical information to diverse audiences.  It will prepare you for careers in a variety of settings including government, industry and non-governmental agencies among others.  Career paths include environmental planning analyst, policy advisor, environmental communication specialist, transportation policy analyst, sustainability coordinator, compliance specialist, environmental risk assessor and more.

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.

Is Resource and Environmental Management right for you?

  • Will we have enough electricity if we all drive electric vehicles?
  • Do you think it is important to have access to fish, food and water that comes from local sources?
  • Do you want to make industries such as forestry, agriculture and fisheries more sustainable?

Potential Careers

This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in the government, industry, and non-profit sectors such as a business sustainability manager, compliance coordinator, parks manager, environmental manager or planner, restoration ecologist, or waste management program coordinator.

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.

Is Environmental Science right for you?

  • Do you like debunking fake news like climate change isn’t real?
  • Have you ever wondered if a water source was safe to drink?
  • Are you curious about how to repair contaminated environments?

Potential Careers

This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers including an Environmental Health and Safety Inspector, Fisheries Technician, Food Safety Coordinator, Water Quality Controller, Air Quality Technician and more with industry, governments and non-profit agencies.

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.

 

Is Geographic Information Science right for you?

  • Do you like digital tools that help you to make informed decisions about traffic routes, energy use, crime prevention and more?
  • Do you find technologies that help warn populations about natural disasters or monitor system malfunctions fascinating?
  • Do you know that spatial data can be used to help address inequities in health care access, pollution exposure, food security and more?

Potential Careers

GIS is a key tool for a number of fields including urban planners, public utility companies, meteorologists, environmental planners, health authorities, crime prevention units, foresters, policy makers and more. This degree will prepare you for a career as an emergency planning coordinator, atmospheric data technician, cartographer, GIS analyst, urban planner, spatial epidemiologist and more.

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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.

Is Physical Geography right for you?

  • Have you ever wondered what happens when a landslide blocks a river valley or a threatens a highway?
  • Do you want to know why our climate is changing and what our future climate will look like?
  • Do you know that soil resources for food production are threatened?

Potential Careers

This degree prepares you for a variety of careers including: climatologist, environmental protection officer or technician, pollution control consultant, water or air quality technician, professional geoscientist, soil scientist, remediation specialist, surveyor, hydrologist, agrologist and more, working for governments, industry and conservation groups.