Sustainability Option

The Sustainability Option offers students an opportunity to: (a) learn how to consider and integrate issues related to environmental resilience, community well-being and economic prosperity; and (b) engage in interdisciplinary critical analysis and thinking by connecting courses across departments and faculties. Completion of the Option requirements will result in a "Sustainability Option" designation on the student transcript and degree.

The Sustainability Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete three required core courses (1.5 credits) and five elective courses (2.5 credits) selected from one of two Sustainability themes (Science or Issues).

A. Required Core Courses (1.5 credits)
ES101 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
ES296 - Introduction to Sustainability
ES102 - Environmental Problems and Approaches
OR UU101 - Perspectives on Sustainability

B. Elective Sustainability Themes (2.5 credits)
(i) Science Theme
BI266 - Life on Earth: Plants
BI296 - Communication and Critical Thinking Skills in Biology
BI300 - Environmental Toxicology
BI301 - Global Ecology and Biogeography
BI405 - Community Ecology
CH233 - Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry
CH234 - Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
GG232 - Landscapes of the Great Lakes Basin
GG281 - Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
GG282 - Geomorphology and Soils
GG336 - Coastal Processes and Landforms
GG381 - Hydrology
GG383 - Sedimentation
GG384 - Glacial Processes and Landforms
GG385 - Natural Environments

(ii) Issues Theme
EC238 - Environmental Economics
EC318 - Natural Resource Economics
ES496 - Theory and Practice of Sustainability
GG290 - Global Resource and Environmental Issues
GG362 - Global Food Systems
GG395 - The World's Problem Environments
GS351 - Nature, Culture and Development
GS441 - Ecological Citizenship
HI377 - Science and Environment in Canadian History
HI474* - Research Seminar on Nature and Environment in Canadian History
PO316 - Environment and Natural Resource Politics in Canada
PP224 - Philosophy and the Environment
PP247 - Business Ethics
SY406 - Environmental Sociology

Additional Information

  1. In order to graduate with the option, a GPA of 6.00 in the courses included in the Sustainability Option is required.
  2. At least 2.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  3. Environmental Studies Majors cannot declare this option.
  4. Students completing this option cannot declare an Environmental Studies minor.
  5. When choosing elective courses, please keep in mind that many of these courses have prerequisites. While the prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make these arrangements as needed.