BA in Environment and Sustainability

**Revised Environment & Sustainability program: 2018W**

In 2018S, the Department updated the Environment & Sustainability (E&S) Major requirements to provide students with more flexibility, more options, and a stronger academic experience overall.   Part of this revision includes two new third year, core courses that are especially tailored by Geography faculty to serve students in Geography E&S program.  For more information, click here

How will this affect current students in the E&S program?   All current E&S students can choose to stay in their former program, or switch to the new, revised program.  Email for further information.


Environment & Sustainability Major

The Environment and Sustainability program offers an integrated understanding of physical, ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political systems, as they shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on planet earth. It provides an excellent grounding for those interested in working in the environmental sphere and a strong platform for the development of a sense of global stewardship.

The Environment and Sustainability program offers a BA degree within the Department of Geography. It is carefully designed to integrate the perspectives of the Geographical Biogeosciences (leading to a BSc degree) and those of the broader field of Human Geography (in which a BA degree is also available), by focusing on the varied, ever-changing interactions between humans and nature.  These interactions have long been a concern of Geography, a wide-ranging discipline that provides a unique perspective on the habitable earth by bringing together scientific, social scientific, and humanistic approaches to understanding.  This program therefore offers many of the advantages associated with interdisciplinary studies of the environment and benefits from its location in a single department in which research and teaching straddle the categories that elsewhere divide knowledge and narrow the search for understanding. This location also offers students an identifiable, socially engaging, and intellectually rewarding home on campus. In sum, the Environment and Sustainability program encourages students to see the world whole, to develop a sense of global citizenship and to consider how they can act responsibly to foster the resilience and enhance the sustainability of the earth’s environments and societies.



The Faculty of Arts offers Academic Advising to provide students with assistance and guidance in their academic decision-making. Faculty of Arts degree requirements are here.

The Department of Geography offers advising services related to Geography courses and Geography programs (Majors and Minors) only.  To make an appointment with a Geography Advisor, click here or email