NEW PROGRAM! Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

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Get out of the classroom with BIS!

Apply now to become one of the first students to be welcomed into a unique and important new degree program – the Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (BIS).

See the world through a unique, diverse and valuable lens

It’s not often that the U of G introduces an entirely new academic program, but we’re proud to be the first institution in Canada to encourage students to consider and embrace Indigenous methodologies and world views while pursuing thoughtful environmental stewardship.

As a BIS student, you will develop a foundational knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of environmental science, technology, management, land-use and policy development practices – all of which are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

What will I study in BIS?

The BIS program is offered and administered by the School of Environmental Sciences. Core courses will address Indigenous knowledge systems, land-based teachings and Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, including the legal and political context that surrounds environmental decision making in our country. Some of the courses will include:

  • Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
  • Land-based Teachings for Environmental Stewardship
  • Right Relations: Reconciliation, Decolonization, & the Environment
  • Indigenous Settler Relations in Environmental Governance
  • Natural History of the Great Lakes Region
  • Indigenous Language and Culture


What kind of experiential learning can I expect?

Much of your learning will take place out of the classroom and even off campus. You’ll even work directly with Indigenous communities and organizations on community projects – a key element in your course delivery and cross-cultural learning.

  • Field trips to Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Land based instruction
  • Interactive labs
  • Participation in discussion circles and ceremony

This program is also offered with a co-op option, with work opportunities existing with a variety of employers including:

  • First Nation communities
  • Consulting firms
  • All levels of government organizations, including municipal, provincial, and federal


Become and Informed agent of change

The BIS program will arm you with the knowledge needed to challenge the status quo as it relates to environmental protection and care. You will have the opportunity to create a better future for all beings, while considering how our existence is woven together with the earth itself.


Admission requirements

Ontario students applying to the Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice program require 4U English, 4U Advanced Functions Math; 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry and two additional 4U or 4M courses.

The estimated cut-off for this program is between 76-80%.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental analyst or consultant
  • Environmental policy maker
  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental law and advocacy
  • Environmental educator or interpreter
  • Resource or land manager

Ready to create a better future for all beings this Human Rights Day? Head over to to submit your application today!



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