Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is a joint program of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES). It combines education in the principles of environmental science with a rich appreciation of the social dimensions of environmental issues. Courses drawn from four faculties (Arts, ALES, Native Studies, and Science) prepare you for careers in nature conservation, environmental resource management, law, & policy, urban planning, environmental education, and more.

About the Program

Environmental Studies is an undergraduate degree (BA) that combines a common core of courses taken by all students with advanced coursework in your choice of three concentrations:

  • Environment & Peoples of Canada
  • Politics, Society, & the Global Environment
  • Food & Society


Transitioning to an environmentally sustainable future involves changing the ways we do business, design communities, travel, manage natural resources, and engage with the natural world. Businesses, communities, and governments need individuals who can apply the principles of environmental science to the scientific, social, moral, economic and political challenges involved.

The Arts Work Experience program provides career related, paid work experience for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts. Recent placement opportunities for Environmental Studies BA students have included: Conservation Intern (Edmonton and Area Land Trust), Climate Change Research Assistant (City of Calgary), Environmental Protection Student Intern (Environment Canada, Edmonton), and Assistant Environmental/Planning Advisor (ATCO Electric).

Check out BA Environmental Studies student Aaron Bertoia's view of his Arts Work Experience placement.

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Major in Environmental Studies (Arts)

Major in Environmental Studies (ALES)

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