About

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.


Quick facts
  • 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:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
GEOG 120 Introduction to Global Environmental Systems
GEOL 121* Earth Processes
GEOG 125* Environmental Science and Society
MATH 110* Calculus I
PHIL 140* Critical Thinking

Winter Term
STAT 245* Introduction to Statistical Methods
BIOL 121* The Diversity of Life
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture
HIST 151* Canadian History from Pre Contact Period to 1867
GEOG 130* Space Place and Society An Introduction to Human Geography

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

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 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.

Opportunities
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.

Hands-on experience
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.

Careers

Some career opportunities include:

  • Environmentalist
  • Park ranger
  • Land surveyor
  • GIS analyst
  • Environmental technologist
  • Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental health officer
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental quality specialist

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

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).
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 $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

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 
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours
  • Co-operative Education Option: this five-year option allows students who meet the requirements to participate in up to five different four month paid

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

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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