Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Environmental Science is the study of the interaction between plants, animals and the environment, and human impacts on these systems. This four-year interdisciplinary program provides the scientific background necessary to address environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, and the conservation of wildlife and their habitats. This degree offers a wide range of career opportunities, with the environmental sector seeing rapid employment growth across Canada. Students select one of three streams of specialization: Biodiversity, Physical Sciences, and Resource Management.
The program includes courses offered by each of the Science departments, principally Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Geology as well as courses from the Faculty of Arts, like Environmental Ethics.
All students complete a final-year project in preparation for professional practice. This project can be completed working with a BU professor or as part of a co-op placement with Parks Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada or another Federal or Manitoba agency. Students can additionally receive course credit for approved work placements with these agencies or other employers in the environmental industry.
Students are eligible for Environmental Professional (EP) Certification through the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO-Canada).
A transfer of two years of credit is available to students who have completed Assiniboine Community College’s Environmental Technologies Land and Water Management Diploma.
ECO-Canada (www.eco.ca) provides valuable information about careers in Environmental Science. These include:
- Environmental Consultant
- Conservation Officer
- Wildlife Habitat Specialist
- Sustainable Resource Manager
- Environmental Inspector Environmental Monitoring Officer
- Research Assistant/Associate (effects of pollution, ecosystem rehabilitation)
- Graduate Studies and Careers in Post-Secondary Education