Environment and Society focuses on the interplay between humans and their environment including complex issues such as climate change, population growth, pollution, and management of natural resources faced by our modern society.
- Four year degree
- Full or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
You will take courses in a diverse range of topics including the following: hydrology, climatology, vegetation, geomorphology, public policy, political studies, history, philosophy, and statistics. Through exposure to science, social science, and humanities perspectives related to the environment, you will develop an understanding of environmental science, resource management, environmental philosophy, policy, and environmental studies.
A first-year schedule sample
This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:
|GEOG 120a||Introduction to Global Environmental Systems|
|GEOL 125a||Environmental Science and Society|
|PHIL 140a||Critical Thinking|
|MATH 110b||Calculus I|
|ENG 114c||Literature and Composition Reading Culture|
|GEOG 130a||Environment Health and Planning|
|CMPT 140 or CMPT 141a||Introduction to Creative Computing or Introduction to Computer Science|
|STAT 245b||Introduction to Statistical Methods|
|HIST 195d||History Matters Indigenous Perspectives on Canadian History|
|BIOL 121e||The Diversity of Life|
a Required or recommended course for the major
b One of the course options to complete the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
c One of the course options to complete the English Language Writing Requirement
d One of the course options to complete the Indigenous Learning Requirement
e One of the course options which may be used in the Cognate Requirement
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
GEOG 280: Environmental Geography
An introduction to the geographic perspectives on resources and the environment. This course introduces environmental geography as an integrative science to explore the relationships between human and physical systems.
TOX 301: Environmental Toxicology
A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships. Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed.
GEOG 333: Global Climate Change
Earth’s climate is constantly changing in response to influences forced upon it by natural systems and human actions. It is expected that current and future climate changes will have a strong influence on human populations, society, and development. This course will describe how humans predict future climate changes and how we can mitigate or adapt to those changes. Major topics discussed in this course will focus on the politics and economics of climate change and how these can help, or hinder, our attempts to manage climate change. More direct attempts, through geoengineering and weather modification, will be addressed as well.
GEOG 385: Analysis of Environmental Management and Policy Making
An examination of various approaches to environmental management. Emphasis is placed on environmental policy-making and management strategies pertinent in a western context. Analytical frameworks used to understand how policies are developed and implemented are also introduced.
ENVS 401: Sustainability in Action
This course combines seminars and project-based activities to examine local and global sustainability issues, integrating perspectives and knowledge from both the social and natural sciences. Students will work in interdisciplinary, collaborative groups to address sustainability challenges on campus and in our community.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a Co-operative Education Option where you can participate in up to five different four month paid (by the employer) work terms.
This program offers a well-rounded curriculum that combines solid classroom and laboratory instruction with a number of field trips that provide hands-on experience.
Some career opportunities include:
- Park ranger
- Land surveyor
- GIS analyst
- Environmental technologist
- Environmental health officer
- Conservation officer
- Environmental impact analyst
- Environmental quality specialist
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2023-2024 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.
These Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&Sc.) Environment and Society degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Four-year - Climate Change
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Four-year - Environmental Challenges
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Four-year - Environmental Management
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours - Climate Change
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours - Environmental Challenges
- Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours - Environmental Management
- Co-operative Education Option
- This five-year option allows students who meet the requirements to participate in up to five different four-month paid work terms
You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree or would like to pursue the Co-operative Education Option.
Admission requirements and deadlines
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