About

Environmental science explores the relationships between environmental constraints and sustainable development. An emphasis is placed on the challenges faced in Canada, including the impact of climate change, agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas exploration on the environment.


Quick facts
  • 4 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

Environmental science looks at ongoing and emerging environmental issues such as:

  • biological remediation agents,
  • disposal of toxic chemicals,
  • ground water contamination,
  • overgrazing,
  • ozone depletion,
  • pesticides,
  • preservation of wetlands and other natural habitats,
  • production of greenhouse gases and
  • the production of genetically engineered plants, animals and microorganisms.

A first-year schedule sample

Although there is a great deal of overlap between first year courses for most AgBio programs, it is important to consult the Course and Program Catalogue and contact an academic advisor for information about course selection prior to registration. Here's an example of what a first year in the degree program might look like: 

Course Description

Fall Term
AGRC 110 Scientific Literacy and Communication for the Agricultural Sciences
AGRC 111 Discovery in Plant and Soil Sciences
AREC 220 History of Indigenous Agriculture in Canada
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
EVSC 110 Renewable Resources and Environment

Winter Term
AGRC 112 Animal Agriculture and Food Science
AGRC 113 Agri Food Issues and Institutions
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
CHEM 250 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
GEOG 130* Environment Health and Planning

* These are elective courses. You'll have a large number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

EVSC 380: Grassland Soils and Vegetation  
A five-day field course, plus tutorials early in the term, to study the landscape, soils and vegetation of the prairie ecozone. Emphasis will be on the environmental factors controlling soil and plant distribution, and characterizing relationships among vegetation, soils and landscapes. Basic field skills will be taught, including soil and vegetation classification and sampling. 

EVSC 421: Contaminated Site Management and Remediation
This course will focus on how contaminated sites are managed and remediated for new land uses. Students will learn the theory of how sites are investigated and characterized, how toxicological information is used to estimate the risk to humans and ecosystems, how threats to groundwater are assessed and finally, methods by which these risks and threats are mitigated through remediation approaches. This course will provide students with the skill sets necessary to assess, manage and reduce human and ecological risk at a contaminated site.

EVSC 485: Environmental Science Capstone Course 
A project-based course investigating global and local environmental issues. Students will investigate and synthesize information on topical environmental problems and present the results in class or to the community. Students will identify environmental issues to investigate. Skills involving the selection, acquisition, filtering and presentation of data, together with project completion, will be taught through critical thinking and concepts of systems theory.

Career skills
You will graduate with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training and a foundation of marketable career skills. Our strong ties with industry and our reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses look here first when hiring employees.

Small class sizes
AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program. The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows you to get to know your instructors and fellow students, and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

Research
We are committed to finding solutions to sustainably feed a hungry and growing world. Our five departments provide a foundation for our broad array of research activities, both basic and applied. We have over a century of innovative products and practices that have transformed the world.

Opportunities to get involved
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. There are several student clubs in the college to join to enhance your university experience.

Collaborative environment
Our faculty and researchers actively collaborate across the university, as well as nationally and internationally. We have created strong, productive partnerships with numerous governments, private enterprises, producer groups, research centres, and industry associations to develop a sophisticated network for applied science, business and policy development. Outreach, technology transfer and information sharing is an important part our research.

Graduates of degree programs in the College of AgBio are eligible for Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, allowing them to engage in the practise of Agrology.

Careers

A growing demand for scientists and professionals equipped to deal with agricultural and environmental issues means a wide variety of career choices for graduates specializing in environmental science or soil science.

  • environmental consultants
  • land reclamation specialists
  • surveyors
  • forestors
  • agricultural producers
  • land appraisers
  • hazardous and non-hazardous waste specialists
  • ecologists, technicians
  • chemical, fertilizer sales
  • agronomists

Opportunities abound in the private and public sectors, in Canada and abroad. Many graduates also find fulfilling careers in international development work.

Graduates of our programs will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.

As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $7,153 $25,751
Student fees $1,050 $1,050
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,703 $28,301

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 (2022-2023 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.

Program option

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The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A) Environmental Science degree is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources:

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2023
Dec 1, 2022
Documents due: Dec 15, 2022
Sep 1, 2022
Documents due: Oct 1, 2022
Spring
May 2023
Apr 1, 2023
Documents due: May 1, 2023
Feb 1, 2023
Documents due: Mar 1, 2023
Summer
July 2023
May 1, 2023
Documents due: Jun 1, 2023
Mar 1, 2023
Documents due: Apr 1, 2023
Fall
September 2023
May 1, 2023
Documents due: Jun 1, 2023
May 1, 2023
Documents due: Jun 1, 2023
Winter
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023

Ready to apply?

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

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