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Learn more about the many UWaterloo degree programs related to sustainability.
 
 

Applied Mathematics

Degree: Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath)
System of Study: Regular or Co-op
Entry Program: Apply to Bachelor of Mathematics and select Applied Mathematics as your major after first year

Climate modelling, energy systems, hydrological research, and many more sustainability issue areas all require mathematical concepts to understand and solve complex problems.  Use your passion for mathematical principles to research and engage in real-world issues.  More information on Applied Mathematics...

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Architecture

Degree: Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)
System of study: Co-op only

Architects design buildings to enhance the quality and sustainability of the world. At our internationally recognized School of Architecture, you'll enjoy superb design studios, workshops, and digital media labs; cultural history and communication courses; a term in Rome, Italy; and co-op jobs in Canada and abroad. More information on Architecture...

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Biology

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
System of Study: Regular or Co-op

Biologists develop our core understanding of microorganisms, plants, and animals, all of which are necessary for sound sustainability decision making.  Work in state-of-the art laboratories on campus or take your research abroad with fieldwork to gain valuable experience in environmental assessment, environmental biology, and more.  More information on Biology...

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Chemical Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
System of study: Co-op only

Chemical engineering deals with problems in three areas: energy, materials, and the environment. As a chemical engineer, you'll design, implement, and supervise processes where matter is transformed -- from fuel to energy, from raw materials to finished product, from waste to useful by-products. Waterloo has one of the most active chemical engineering departments in North America, with over 25 full-time professors whose research enrich your classes. You'll explore exciting new areas in biotechnology, pollution control, materials science, and health care. More information on Chemical engineering...

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Chemistry

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
System of Study: Regular and Co-op

Chemistry explores the substance of the world around us, impacting everything from energy to toxicology, fuels to building materials.  Join one of the top-ranked Chemistry departments in Canada and use nature's building blocks to help understand and solve key sustainability challenges.  More information on Chemistry...

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Civil Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
System of study: Co-op only

Civil engineering deals with the management, design, and construction of many systems of modern society. As a civil engineer, you'll manage city and rural infrastructure, design transportation systems, and implement pollution-control schemes. You'll have the chance to specialize in areas such as structural, transportation, geotechnical, and water resource engineering. More information on Civil engineering...

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Earth Sciences

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Systems of study: Co-op or Regular

Through a comprehensive combination of courses covering the atmosphere, soil, environment, and water, our undergraduate programs meet the academic requirements of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario — the only ones in Ontario that do. You'll supplement your hands-on learning in labs with field trips to geologically interesting locations. More information on Earth sciences...

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Environment and Business

Degree earned: Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)
System of study: Co-op only

Environment and Business is the only program in Canada to integrate environmental knowledge and business skills along with nearly 2 years of paid co-op work experience. You'll learn how environmental and business issues affect each other so that you can develop new environmental businesses or make companies more ecologically aware. You'll gain a solid background in ecology, environmental economics, and environmental decision-making while developing expertise in finance, project management, accounting, marketing, and law. More information on Environment and Business...

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Environment, Resources, and Sustainability

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)
Systems of study: Co-op or Regular

Environment, Resources, and Sustainability is an exciting, interdisciplinary program which provides a solid understanding of environmental issues and the tools needed to resolve them. The program is oriented around people's relationships with their natural environments, the technological world, their local community and society as a whole. Professors and students seek sustainability in a world where much of what humans do is not sustainable. More information on Environment, Resources, and Sustainability

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Environmental Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
System of study: Co-op only

The environment is one of today's hottest topics. At uWaterloo, you'll study pollution prevention, water treatment, soil remediation, biotechnology, and environmental risk assessment. You'll learn how to manage air, water, and soil systems and develop skills to provide vital services for industry and government. More information on Environmental engineering...

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Environmental Science

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Systems of study: Co-op or Regular

This program combines scientific knowledge, creativity, innovation, and determination to solve ecological problems through an emphasis on natural, life, and biological sciences, focusing on the ecology of our environment. Your courses will be an interdisciplinary collection of topics required for successfully pursuing an environmental sciences career. More information on Environmental science...

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Geography and Aviation

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)
Systems of study: Regular only

Through this one-of-a-kind program, you earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and also complete hands-on flight training to acquire a Commercial Pilot Licence. At uWaterloo you'll learn to interpret weather patterns, tourism trends, and land formations; read multi-layer maps; and use Global Positioning Sytems (GPS). More information on Geography and aviation...

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Geography and Environmental Management

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Systems of study: Co-op or Regular (Regular only for Arts students)
Entry Programs: Arts and Business (Regular only), Geography and Environmental Management, Honours Arts

Geography is the study of the land, its physical forms, and its relationship to the human beings who live on it. You'll explore geography as it relates to the environment -- local, regional, and international systems -- and urban and community development. The practical learning process includes the methods of cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Field trips, seminars, lab exercises, and tutorials will provide the opportunity for you to discover the world around you first-hand. More information on Geography and Environmental Management...

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Geological Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
System of study: Co-op only

As a geological engineer, you could apply your understanding of soil and rock behaviour to areas such as hazardous waste disposal, groundwater quality and movement, minerals exploration, and new petroleum production technologies. Our Geological Engineering program, one of only 2 in Ontario, develops your engineering design and problem-solving skills and gives you a solid background in earth sciences. More information on Geological engineering...

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Geomatics

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies
System of study: Co-op or Regular

Geomatics uses the power of computers to solve environmental problems. You'll acquire expertise in satellite remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), programming, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Careers include market research, emergency route design,, and research into climate change and natural disasters. More information on Geomatics...

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International Development

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies
System of study: Regular only

Learn to create culturally, environmentally, and financially responsible approaches to development problems faced by the world's most challenged communities. To prepare you for your overseas placement, you'll study a second language and develop business skills. More information on International development...

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Knowledge Integration

Degree: Bachelor of Knowledge Integration (BKI)
System of study: Regular Only

The Knowledge Integration program offers students the opportunity to explore interests on both sides of the traditional arts and science divide, building their program around a core of skills that will equip them to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and be able to adapt to a changing and complex world.  More information on Knowledge Integration...

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Mechanical Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
System of study: Co-op only

Technology around us has a major impact on sustainability.  As a mechanical engineer at UWaterloo, you could work on anything from our famous solar car team to thermal engineering, or from fuel efficient vehicles to fluid mechanics.  More information on Mechanical Engineering...

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Systems of study: Co-op or Regular
Entry Programs: Arts and Business, Honours Arts

Based at Conrad Grebel University College, Peace and Conflict studies (PACS) explores human conflict, peace, war, non-violence, conflict resolution, mediation, human rights, international development, and other social justice issues. The first peace studies program in Canada offers over 100 PACS-related courses as well as real-world internship experience. More information on PACS..

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Planning

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)
Systems of study: Co-op

Planners design our communities. They tackle traffic congestion, preserve cities' green spaces, plan the look and feel of urban centres, and develop new residential areas. In this professional program, you could take part in the world's largest co-op program, and you'll graduate from Canada's most prestigious School of Planning. More information on Planning...

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Systems Design Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
System of study: Co-op

Systems design engineering is a rational response to an increasingly complex technological society. As a systems design engineer, you'll use a multidisciplinary approach to analyse and define problems that lie at the interface of society, technology, and the environment. Societal and Environmental Systems, one of the specializations in the program, examines interactions between the natural and social environments, conflict analysis, and systems optimization. More information on Systems design engineering...

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Systems of study

At Waterloo, you not only choose what you study, but how you study. In many programs, you can choose either the regular or the co-op system of study. Some programs, such as Engineering and Environment and Business, are offered only through co-op.

The regular system of study follows the traditional September to April school year each year while co-op alternates school terms and paid co-op work terms. Whether you're in regular or co-op, you'll take the same required courses and learn from the same great professors.