Certificates allow you to complete a specific group of university courses (for credit) as either part of your degree studies or separately. Additional details on certificates are available here.

The push to understand urban environmental problems is a pressing phenomenon affecting the majority of Canadian and global populations. With world populations becoming increasingly urbanized, many conflicts arise between natural and urban environments. The Urban Ecologies certificate is designed to help you learn how these conflicts emerge, are represented and can be addressed.

The theoretical and practical knowledge gained will allow you to put your degree to work helping urban and natural environments exist together in harmony. It will prepare you for involvement in urban ecological issues and for a wide variety of careers focusing on how ecology exists and is shaped in cities - perhaps as urban planners, field ecologists, landscape architects or educators.

The Urban Ecologies certificate program combines interdisciplinary studies with practical experience. It is one of the only undergraduate programs that explicitly addresses ecology as a shifting field, incorporating social and biophysical, theoretical and applied dimensions.

Who can take it?

This certificate is open to current York students in the Environmental Studies degree program.

How to apply

Application is made to this certificate at the end of your second year or the beginning of your third year of study in the Environmental Studies degree program.

If you are a current York student in the Environmental Studies degree program, contact the Faculty of Environmental Studies to find out about admissibility requirements and the application process.

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