Environmental Studies (GG/ES)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a BA degree in Environmental Studies. This degree program prepares students to establish themselves in a variety of stimulating careers ranging from environmental management and consulting to teaching, from land-use planning to intelligence work, and from public administration to development work in Canada's Indigenous communities and overseas. Because of their considerable breadth of theoretical and applied knowledge, environmental studies graduates are frequently part of multidisciplinary teams working in the natural sciences, business and industry, and public services. Environmental Studies students are exposed to a variety of different perspectives and concepts from different fields, including (but not limited to) geography, biology, anthropology, Indigenous studies, and political science. Moreover, students are taught how to think holistically about the interactions between the environmental, social, and economic considerations that underlie all environmental management decisions.

With a focus on Environmental and Resource Management, including courses that examine Indigenous land stewardship, national parks and protected areas, environmental migration, and sustainable food systems, the Environmental Studies program allows students to advance their studies through participation in labs and field work with our internationally respected faculty. For example, the department plays a leadership role in the Cold Regions Research Centre, an internationally recognized centre for arctic and mountain research, including northern and paleohydrology.

The department offers a variety of field courses, as well as the opportunity for co-op studies. Additionally, there are two popular options available for developing a thematically focused set of skills, Sustainability and Geomatics.

Honours BA, Minor and ES Courses:

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Full-Time Faculty

ES Course Notes

For the purposes of teachers' college applications, any course from the following list is considered a Canadian content course: NO201/GG201, GG232, GG250, GG256, GG350, GG354, GG453, GESC494.

GESC Courses

Scroll down below the following ES courses for the complete listing of GESC courses:

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
ES110 Environment, Sustainability and Society 0.5
ES274 One Earth, One Health 0.5
ES295 Ecotourism and the Environment 0.5
ES296 Introduction to Sustainability 0.5
ES297 Climate Change and Collective Action 0.5
ES357 Greening the Campus 0.5
ES371 Indigenous Environmental Knowledges 0.5
ES392 Environmental Impact Assessment 0.5
ES393 Environmental Migration 0.5
ES394 Social-Ecological Systems Approaches 0.5
ES401 Theory and Practice of Ecosystem-Based Management 1.0
ES496 Theory and Practice of Sustainability 0.5
ES498 Environmental Thought 0.5
GESC151 Our Digital Earth 0.5
GESC251 Cartography 0.5
GESC254 Geographic Information and Analysis 0.5
GESC258 Geographical Research Methods 0.5
GESC290 Environmental Concepts and Approaches 0.5
GESC291 Development and the Environment 0.5
GESC297 Geography of Water Resources - Canada 0.5
GESC360 Research Methods and Thesis Preparation 0.5
GESC362 Global Food Systems 0.5
GESC391 Wildlife and Rural Land Resources Management 0.5
GESC397 World Water Environment and Development Issues 0.5
GESC398 Parks and Protected Areas 0.5
GESC399 Third Year Field Studies 0.5
GESC450 Thesis 1.0
GESC451 Field Studies 0.5
GESC465 Capstone Urban Sustainability Project 1.0
GESC493 Problems in Land Resources Management 0.5
GESC494 Northern Resources and Environments 0.5