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 042 Enhanced Skills & Strategies for University
BASE 044 Extended Academic Writing & Research Skills
BASE 046 Effective Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies
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 032 Introduction to Skills & Strategies for University BASE 042 Enhanced Skills & Strategies for University
BASE 034 Introduction to Academic Writing & Research Skills BASE 044 Extended Academic Writing & Research Skills
BASE 036 Introduction to Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies BASE 046 Effective Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies
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