If you have been admitted to an Environment program, you will either do 1 term or 2 terms of BASE. Your courses will be selected for you.

Your credit courses include Geography 101 (and Environmental Studies 195 if you are doing 2 terms). These courses count toward your degree. Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for descriptions of the courses you'll take.

Courses - 1 term

Fall programs
GEOG 101 - Geography and Human Habitat (0.5 credits)
BASE 42 Academic Skills
BASE 44 Writing Skills
BASE 46 Oral Skills
Bi-weekly meetings with instructors
Weekly workshops and information sessions


Courses - 2 terms

Fall term courses Winter term courses
GEOG 101 - Geography and Human Habitat (0.5 credits) ENVS 195 Introduction to Environmental Studies (0.5 credits)
BASE 32 Academic Skills BASE 42 Academic Skills
BASE 34 Writing Skills BASE 44 Writing Skills
BASE 36 Oral Skills BASE 46 Oral Skills
Bi-weekly meetings with instructors Bi-weekly meetings with instructors
Weekly workshops and information sessions Weekly workshops and information sessions

Lecturer Erin Joakim talks about Introduction to Environmental Studies, a course she teaches to students in the BASE program. This course introduces students to environmental concepts and helps them build their academic writing and research skills.


What to expect in your credit course(s)

In Environment/BASE, you take 1 or 2 university credit courses along with your BASE courses. Taking these courses helps you build a strong foundation for other Waterloo Environment programs. They also allow you to practise the oral, writing, and academic skills you learn in your BASE courses.

You earn .50 credits toward your degree for each credit course you successfully complete.

What to expect in your BASE courses

Faculties that offer BASE

Applied Health Sciences/BASEArts/BASEEngineering/BASEEnvironment/BASEScience/BASE