Urban Sustainability - York/Seneca Joint Program

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The Urban Sustainability program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the School of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Seneca College  This program allow you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training and complete two credentials in a shorter period of time than if you completed the programs separately.

Graduates of the Urban Sustainability program receive a Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) from York University and a Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma from Seneca College in just 5 years!

As population grows so do the urban centres that support the population. Urbanization leads to an increased impact on the environment; the "ecological footprint" of cities is spreading. We need to find a way in which growth can be managed over time - sustainable growth. Sustainable growth requires an evolution in the way urban areas carry out such activities as resource use and the movement of people and goods. The physical infrastructure and social and economic processes must evolve to acknowledge the challenges of growth.

You will learn:

  • the need for reform of market mechanisms to achieve environmental goals;
  • how to achieve a balance between social and economic considerations;
  • water resource planning and management;
  • transportation planning; and
  • soil and material testing.

Completion of the joint program will prepare you for work in the planning, design and construction of major infrastructure and services including roads, tunnels, bridges, water supplies, buildings and new communities.

Who can take it?

You can apply to the Joint Program in Urban Sustainability:

  • after successful completion of three years in the Bachelor in Environmental Studies Honours program at York University, OR
  • while in your final year of the Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma at Seneca College

How to apply

You can apply to the program in one of two ways:

  1. If you began your Bachelor in Environmental Studies program at York University, please contact the Faculty of Environmental Studies' Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at esadvise@yorku.ca. Additionally, you will be required to submit an application to the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS)  in December of your third year of study.
  2. If you began with your Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma at Seneca, apply to the dual credential in Urban Sustainability through York University in the final year of your diploma.

BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • One senior-level math
  • And three 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
    • One senior-level math
    • 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.

        BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
      • One Terminale math
          • 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.
        • One senior-level math
          • 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.
          • One 2-unit math
              • 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
            • One senior-level math
            • And nine 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
              • One Grade 12 math
                • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                • One senior-level math
                  • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                  • One A-level math
                      • 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)
                    • One Twelfth Year math
                      • 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
                      • One Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
                          • 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
                        • One Grade XII math
                          • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • One senior-level math
                          • And three 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
                            • One senior-level math
                            • And four 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
                              • One senior-level math
                              • And seven 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
                                • One senior-level math
                                • And three 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
                                  • One senior-level math
                                  • And three 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
                                    • One senior-level math
                                    • And three 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
                                      • Grade 12, 4U Mathematics is recommended
                                      • 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)
                                        • Grade 12, 4U Mathematics is recommended*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • 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
                                        • Requirements for admission:
                                        • Grade 12, 4U Mathematics is recommended*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • 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)
                                        • Grade 12, 4U Mathematics is recommended*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • One senior-level math
                                        • And three 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
                                          • One senior-level math
                                          • And four 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
                                            • One senior-level math
                                            • And two 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
                                              • One senior-level math
                                                • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                • One senior-level math
                                                    • 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)
                                                  • One senior-level math
                                                    • BESFaculty of Environmental Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • One senior-level math
                                                    • And two 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.