Environmental Studies

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Faculty of Environmental Studies
BES, Joint Program
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Challenge what is. Imagine what could be. Transform the Future.

The Faculty of Environmental Studies provides a unique educational experience in an expanding field of study, research and employment.

Studying the environment has never been more important or complex. In order to make change, we need to recognize the impact we have on the world around us. Our program examines the interconnections of human life on our natural surroundings and explores the various perspectives, approaches and inequalities that exist in the world today.  An introductory first year allows you to expand your passion for environmental and social justice through a common core course approach. Then, specialize for your future career success in one of the following: Environmental Management; Urban & Regional Environments; Environmental Politics, Justice & the Arts.

Program Highlights

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) defines "environment" as everything that surrounds us. Environmental studies is, therefore, not only about natural environments, but also about built, social, cultural, political and organizational environments as well as all of the relationships between them.

After completing a common first year, you will have the opportunity to focus on one of three Areas of Concentration:

  • Environmental Management
  • Urban & Regional Environments
  • Environmental Politics, Justice & the Arts

York also offers the following programs

  • Urban Sustainability, offered jointly with Seneca College
  • Environmental Management & Technology, offered jointly with Seneca College
  • Ecosystem Management, offered jointly with Fleming College
  • International Development, offered jointly with Humber College
  • Certificates in Cultural and Artistic Practice for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP) Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Refugee & Migration Studies, Sustainable Energy or Urban Ecologies.

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Earth in Our Hands: An Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Taking Action: Engaging People and The Environment
  • Introduction to Environmental Science: The Web of Life
  • Environmental Writing

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • sustainability officer
  • environmental protection technician
  • urban planner
  • renewable energy analyst
  • environmental lawyer
  • environmental policy consultant

BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

      BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

        BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

          BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
          • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                  • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                      BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                      • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                        BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                          BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                          • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                              BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                  BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                    BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                      BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                        BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.
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                                          BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                            BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                              BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.

                                                BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                    BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                    • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 70.