Save the World with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences!

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Students studying amid a rainforest setting
You never know where your studies in Environmental Sciences will take you!

Are you ready to save the world? Apply to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences today!

The health of our planet is perhaps the single largest issue facing this generation. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (BScEnvSc) will give you the knowledge and tools to make a meaningful difference in whichever area you choose to specialize in. Co-op is offered in every major within this program so you can take your learning to the next level and gain practical experience before you even graduate.

So what majors can you study?

Ecology

We’re all connected, right? In this major, you’ll learn how all life forms interact with each other, and the impact we all have on our surroundings. Labs, lectures and field trips will highlight the many opportunities available within this field. After your first year, you will have the option to select extensive restricted electives, tailoring this program to your own unique interests.

Sample Careers:

  • Habitat conservation and restoration consultant
  • Environmental protection agent
  • Scientific writer/editor
  • Conservation ecologist

Environment and Resource Management

Navigating the complexities of environmental policies, public behavior, and scientific facts is no easy task. This major combines science, economics, law, and politics to help prepare you for the future environmental challenges that await. Backing up case studies with current research is a great way to prepare you for a valuable future as an environmental problem solver.

Sample Careers:

  • Community land use planner
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Planning design coordinator
  • Geographic information systems analyst
  • Environmental consultant

Environmental Economics and Policy

Learn to balance biophysical sciences and social sciences as you become the voice of reason in finding solutions to the environmental challenges facing our world today. This major empowers students to change the world by addressing policy issues that impact the environment and economy.

Sample Careers

  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Resource management specialist
  • Environmental law
  • Business sustainability manager

Environmental Science

A foundation in both the life and physical sciences is the base of this major. From there, we’ll also give you a grounding in economic, legal and policy aspects of environmental issues so that you better understand the barriers – and discover the possibilities – that stand between us and a healthy planet. Your learning won’t stop in the classroom, either. Lots of hands-on labs and field trips will enrich your learning experiences at U of G. Read on to find out more about that!

Sample Careers

  • Environmental scientist
  • Air and water quality monitoring specialist
  • Environmental coordinator/analyst/consultant/specialist

Adapting to Today’s Learning Climate

Because the learning environment this fall has been much different than normal due to COVID-19, many professors at U of G have had to devise new ways for students to conduct research in a safe and socially distanced way.

Students in the first-year course Introduction to Environmental Sciences were able to take advantage of this new approach, socially distanced in our beautiful Arboretum!

Faculty had to come up with some type of study that students could carry out that would allow them to:

  1. Carry out a study that touched on different aspects of environmental sciences;
  2. Could be carried out wherever the students are located;
  3. Could be done for a low cost.

Wondering what they came up with? A study linking leaf litterfall to soil health. 

Between October 5th and November 9th, leaves were collected in laundry baskets throughout the forest and soil samples analyzed while groups also looked at soil bulk density (a proxy for soil health).  All of their data was added into one big dataset to test the hypothesis that increased leaf litterfall drives increased soil health.

Want to learn more about the BScEnvSc program? Check out these past articles about this small but mighty program:

Facts About the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences Program

Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences Program

 Ready to take the next step? Apply to U of G today by logging into OUAC.on.ca!

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