Save the planet. (Superhero outfit not included.)
Use insights from the natural, physical, and social sciences to help solve some of the world’s biggest environmental challenges — from water scarcity to pollution to loss of biodiversity.
Learn about conserving and restoring ecosystems, and explore issues in environmental governance. And thanks to our small classes, you’ll develop a real sense of community right from first year.
When you graduate, you can apply your knowledge in a growing number of fields, from green technology to ecological consulting to environmental law.
30+ possible minors
In one of the most flexible programs at Waterloo, you can add one of more than 30 minors to your Environment, Resources and Sustainability degree. Or do a double major. Or add an option. So go ahead: customize your degree!
Get career-relevant skills
Whether you choose the regular or co-op stream, you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience through case studies, field trips, and community projects. In your final year, you’ll work one-on-one with a professor on a research project of your choice.
About the program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies
Different field courses to choose from
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
8-month capstone project in fourth year
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (a final grade of 70% is required)
- Recommended: One grade 12 U or M course from Canadian and World Studies or Social Sciences and Humanities or the Arts; One grade 12 U or M course from Mathematics or Science
- Admission averages: Low 80s
- An Admission Information Form is recommended.
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database.
September to December
January to April
After first year
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Customize your degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op positions
- Bird Surveys and Bird Banding Assistant, Environment Canada
- Policy Assistant, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Historical Teacher/Interpreter, Waterloo Region Museum
- Planner/Educator, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
- Recycling Research Analyst, CleanFarms Inc.
- Outdoor Education Intern, Toronto District School Board
- Pest Management Scout - Tree Fruit, The Norfolk Fruit Growers' Association
- Ecological Assistant, Earth Tramper Consulting Inc
When you graduate, you can apply your knowledge in a growing number of fields, from green technology to ecological consulting to environmental law. Graduates work for government, conservation authorities, environmental consulting companies, energy and power companies, and environmental NGOs.
- Analyst, Responsible Investing, AIMCO
- Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario
- Ecologist, Dougan & Associates
- Environmental Scientist, Ministry of Environment, Ontario
- Environmental Consultant, North Shore Environmental Consultants
- Park Naturalist, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario
- Strategic Technology Professional, BC Hydro
- Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
- Senior Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme
- Senior Environmental Specialist, Public Works and Government Services Canada
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas:
- Master’s programs in political science and public policy
- Law school
- Education (to become a teacher)
Possible professional designations
- Environmental Assessment, Ecosystem Restoration
- Email Jay Smith, our Environment recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions
- Visit the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability website