The School of Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary program, with courses that examine systemic aspects of environmental issues and explore solutions that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. We also recognize that many aspects of local, national and international environmental problems are inextricably connected to our dominant cultural values, and attendant political, social, economic and educational institutions.
The intellectual strength of the School is supported by three distinctive, interdisciplinary research specialties:
- ecological restoration
- political ecology
Environmental Studies degree programs
You'll need to combine studies in a traditional discipline with your Environmental Studies program to obtain a degree notation that includes Environmental Studies.
You can take the Major in Environmental Studies together with a Major in another department (a Double Major, see Major Program, page 195).
You can also take a Major with an Honours Program (Honours/Major, see Honours Program, page 194) or a Major in another Faculty (see Interfaculty Joint Honours and Major, page 195). These programs lead to either a BA or BSc degree.
We also offer a General program leading to a BA.
If you complete the requirements for the General program together with a Major or Honours Program in another department or faculty, you can obtain a Minor in Environmental Studies (see Minor Program, page 196).
Required introductory course
If you're considering a Major, Minor or General Program in Environmental Studies, you'll need to take the introductory course, ES 200 (Introduction to Environmental Studies), unless you have already completed ES 300A.
When to declare
You should declare your intention to enrol in Environmental Studies by the end of your second year of study.
Many eligible courses in Environmental Studies are 300 and 400 level with prerequisites. You should plan early to incorporate these prerequisites into your schedule and be aware of the minimum grade requirement for the programs: a B- in ES 200.
When choosing electives, we encourage you to include courses in languages and in areas other than those in which you're majoring. For instance, if you're majoring in Sciences, you should choose an elective from the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems
We offer a Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems in co-operation with the Division of Continuing Studies. Read more.