Sustainable Environmental Management

Pursue Undergraduate Program in

Sustainable Environmental Management

Dig into the most critical issues facing the earth today: the climate crisis and the destruction of nature. In the Sustainable Environmental Management program, you will investigate how the environment and its resources are managed, and how transitions toward more sustainable systems can be accelerated. You’ll learn key problem-solving, innovation and holistic strategies, combined with an understanding of policy, law and regulation, and economic and social dynamics with applied aspects of environmental science and technology.

As you learn first-hand about energy, water, food and waste, you will develop the technical skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate political, economic and social dimensions of environmental problems, including biodiversity loss, climate change, policy and planning responses, and pathways to sustainability transitions and innovation, especially those that address environmental and social injustices.

You will explore such critical issues as:

  • Low-carbon sustainable energy transition
  • Environmental policy and governance
  • Environmental law
  • Ecological economics
  • Climate change science and mitigation
  • Urban ecology
  • Sustainability and just transitions
  • Community energy and planning
 

Students benefit from practical experience through hands-on classroom activities, field and lab-based exercises, and community engagement. The program offers educational work placements and opportunities to participate in the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

You will develop transferrable skills in critical thinking, leadership, and project management to effectively engage in environmental issues in government, the private sector, and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad, and make positive contributions toward a sustainable future.


Program Details


Offered By

Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

Degrees Offered

BES

Fall Entry

Yes

Winter Entry

Yes

Summer Entry

Yes

Ways to Study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Foundations in Environmental Management
  • Sustainability and Just Transitions
  • Energy Environment
  • Work Placement
  • Climate Change Mitigation

Possible Career Paths

  • Sustainability officer
  • Energy analyst
  • Policy advisor
  • Waste management specialist
  • Land managers
  • Government biologist
  • ENGO professional
Explore what you can do with your degree
Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

BES

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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    Requirements for admission:
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    Requirements for admission:
  • Lise Diplomasi
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    Requirements for admission:
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BES

    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.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.