Climate and Environmental Change

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Co-op and regular available

Responding to climate change requires the help of professionals who understand its impact on resource availability/scarcity (e.g. water, food), and who can respond to environmental degradation (e.g. flooding, wildfires, biodiversity loss, ecosystem change), mass human migration, and the need to develop sustainable energy solutions. Professionals are needed who can find solutions to problems that lie at the interface of natural and human environmental systems.

The BSc in Climate and Environmental Change will equip students with a scientific understanding of the challenges facing our planet’s environment and will enable them to be capable of finding and deploying technical and management strategies to respond to these challenges.

Learn more about Climate and Environmental Change at UWaterloo.

Course topics include:

  • fundamentals of climate change
  • science fundamentals: physics or chemistry, biology, Earth science
  • climate services
  • physical climatology
  • the cryosphere (snow and ice environments)
  • landscape change
  • water quality and hydrology
  • climate change communication
  • remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spatial analysis
  • people, space and change
  • research methods
  • societal impacts of climate change
  • climate justice
  • low carbon transitions

What sets us apart:

  • The Climate and Environmental Change degree is offered through Geography at Waterloo which is ranked in the top 100 in the world, and top 5 in Canada (QS World University Rankings).

  • The breadth of our program can help you discover your personal passion for science; you can take courses that immerse you in physical and human dimensions of climate change, along with a deep grounding in essential skills for the modern workplace, such as research methods, statistics, and data analysis.

  • Learn through experiential components woven throughout dozens of courses; measure water flow in a stream, make professional-quality maps with advanced software, see the impacts of how cities or natural environments change over time, and even conduct independent or course-based field research in Canada and abroad.

Learn about Geography and Environmental Management, Geography and Aviation or Geomatics.