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Education and research

Two students, one holding a net and the other holding a garbage bag, helping clean a pond.Academic programs

Whether you're graduating from high school or you're looking for a specialized PhD program, Waterloo is the place for studying the environment.

Applying from high school or from another university/college?

One of our undergraduate programs can provide a home base for your studies. In many cases, you can then customize your degree with one of our undergraduate options.

Looking for a graduate program?

Our Master's and PhD programs cover the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering.


Research groups

Research — one of the main functions of the university — has the potential to make post-secondary education’s largest contribution to sustainability, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

To tackle complex environmental problems, Waterloo researchers are thinking outside their disciplines. Academics from departments in all six faculties are reaching across traditional boundaries to collaborate in a search for solutions, and have formed a number of distinct research groups