The Environment, Resources and Sustainability (ERS) program is very flexible, so many students include a specialization to learn and refine additional marketable skills. Specializations include minors, options, diplomas, and certificates.  A specialization may be embarked upon in first year, by completing relevant elective courses, however 'declaring' a specialization does not occur until Level 2A (2nd year of study) using a Plan Modification form.  Diplomas are not declared - students simply complete the courses successfully, and then request the Diploma on their application to graduate. 

Visit the Environment section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

In addition, you may wish to do a double-major by linking with one of the many other campus disciplines. Some of our students have successfully completed double majors in Geography and Environmental Management, Biology, and various Faculty of Arts programs. Please refer to other programs' descriptions in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Please note that the Environment, Resources and Sustainability is an Honours Plan, so specializations that require an Honours Plan are open to School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) students.

Note: Students may not double-count any course for more than one specialization. A course counts first, always, as one of 40 courses for your ERS major degree. It can count once more only, for a specialization, such as a minor, option, diploma, or certificate.

Use the Plan Modification or Internal/Faculty Transfer application form to declare your specialization in 2A term.

International exchanges

As a student in the SERS, we want you to think locally and globally. You'll be learning about hundreds of international environmental cases in your courses, but there is nothing quite like studying abroad for a semester or more. International exchanges are a great way to travel and learn about other countries while earning your degree. We encourage you to study at a university in another country and earn credit towards your UWaterloo degree. Our students have studied at many universities, including Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, University of Leeds in the U.K., and University of Lausanne in Switzerland, but there is a world of opportunities available to you. Learn more about countries where you can study or work.

Note: Students who wish to be considered for the exchange must be enrolled in an honours program. They will have completed the requirements for the first two years of study in their UWaterloo program, maintained an overall grade average of at least 75% in their last two full-time terms of study and have no "WF" (Withdrew/Failure, no credit granted) or "FTC" (Failure To Complete, incomplete course work, no credit granted (value 0)) grades on their record.

SERS students planning to travel on exchange in their third year of study will need to fulfill remaining core requirements in their fourth/final year (fall/winter).