With the flexibility of the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) program, many students include a specialization to add further marketable skills to their degree. Types of specializations include:

  1. Minors
  2. Options
  3. Diplomas
  4. Exchange program with Australian universities
  5. Concurrent certificate from Niagara College

Students may not double-count any course for more than one Option or Minor.  Consult Patti Bester, ERS Undergraduate Advisor if in doubt.

Minors

A minor typically consists of 10 term courses in a specific subject. Consult the requirements for a minor listed on each of the web pages listed below.

Minors for students enrolled in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

The minor below is administered by the Faculty of Applied Health Science and generally is available to students registered in any faculty.

  • Gerontology

The minors below are administered by the Faculty of Arts and generally are available to students registered in any faculty.

  • Anthropology
  • Classical Studies, Greek, Latin
  • Drama and Speech Communication
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Fine Arts (Studio, Art History or Film Studies Specialization)
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Mennonite Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Social Development Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

The minors below are administered by the Faculty of Mathematics and generally are available to students registered in any faculty.

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

The minors below are administered by the Faculty of Science and generally are available to students registered in any faculty.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics

Options

What is an option? Options typically have fewer required courses  than minors (usually 8), but still allow specialization in a subject area and are recognized on graduation diplomas.

Options directed mainly at students in Environment include Business, Geomatics, Parks, Sustainable Local Economic Development, and Tourism.

University-wide options are available to any University of Waterloo student.

The option below is administered by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and generally is available to students registered in any faculty. 

  • Gerontology

The options below are administered by the FACULTY OF ARTS and generally are available to students registered in any faculty.

  • Environmental Economics Option/Specialization
  • Human Resources Management
  • Mennonite Studies
  • Speech Communication

The options below are administered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and generally are available to students registered in any faculty. 

  • Cognitive Science
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies and Criminology
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Society, Technology and Values
  • Spirituality and Personal Development
  • Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family
  • Women's Studies

Diplomas

Diplomas recognize an area of specialization that typically is more technically or skills oriented. For students in SERS, there are diplomas available in Ecological Restoration & Rehabilitation, Environmental Assessment, and Geographic Information Systems. Diploma requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Exchange program with Australian universities

Student exchange agreements have been arranged with Environmental Studies programs at four Australian universities. Under this arrangement, a small number of students from the Faculty of Environment take courses there during their third year which are credited toward their degree at Waterloo. Other exchange opportunities are also available. For details, see Carol Knipe in EV1-329.