Environmental Studies

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Environmental Studies BA student Aaron Bertoia at work during his Arts Work Experience placement with ATCO Electric

What is 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

Careers

The Green Economy is coming. Will you be ready?

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.

Career Preparation:

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.



Courses

Environmental Studies BA Course Information for Arts Students
For general program requirements please see the latest version of the University Calendar

Common Core Course Requirements:

In the *120 required to complete the degree, the following must be included:

  • *60 must be successfully completed at the U of A
  • A minimum of *30 must be taken while registered in the Faculty of Arts

The following courses, comprising *57, are common to all routes within the program:

100 level courses:

  • AREC 173 The Plate, The Planet, and Society
  • BIOL 108 Introduction to Biological Diversity
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • POL S 101 Introduction to Politics

200 level courses:

  • ANTHR 230 Anthropology of Science, Technology, and the Environment or HIST 294 An Introduction to the History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine or STS 200 Introduction to Science, Technology, & Society
  • AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food or AREC 365 Natural Resources Economics
  • BIOL 208 Principles of Ecology
  • EAS 204 Environment Alberta or EAS 205 Environment Earth
  • EAS 221 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing or REN R 201 Introduction to Geomatic Techniques in Natural Resource Management
  • NS 200 Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back
  • REN R 205 Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology or REN R 210 Introduction to Soil Science and Soil Resources
  • SOC 291 Introduction to Environmental Sociology

300 level courses

  • ENCS 352 Natural Resource and Environmental Law
  • HIST 359 Canadian Environmental History
  • PHIL 355 Environmental Ethics
  • *3 400-level capstone course

Concentrations: For students admitted after Fall 2015

[Students admitted prior to Fall 2015 may switch their programs to the current concentration structure or continue with pre-2015 structure if they prefer. Contact your Program Advisor for more information]

In addition to the common core, you must also complete a minimum of *30 in additional course credits from one of the following concentrations: Food and Society, Politics, Society and the Global Environment, or Environment and Peoples of Canada. (Courses taken to satisfy core requirements may not be counted towards the *30 required for any concentration.) You must fulfill any prerequisites listed in the U of A Calendar before taking a course or obtain permission of the instructor to enroll. As a result, you may need to use free electives to satisfy course prerequisites.

Food and Society

Choose courses from the following. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your Program Advisor. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change. Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information.

  • AN SC 200 Principles of Animal Agriculture
  • AN SC 376 Animal Welfare
  • AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food
  • AREC 250 Social and Economic Issues of Food Biotechnology
  • AREC 375 World Food and Agriculture
  • AREC 471 Society and Well-Being
  • AREC 473 Food and Agricultural Policies
  • AREC 485 Trade and Globalization in Food and Resources
  • ANTHR 372 Anthropology of Food
  • ANTHR 460 Nutritional Anthropology
  • HIST 294 An Introduction to the History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine
  • INT D 303 Economics of World Food and Agriculture
  • NU FS 100 Introduction to Food Science and Technology
  • NU FS 223 The Cultural Ecology of Food and Health
  • PHIL 279 Philosophy of Hunting
  • PHIL 345 Humans and Animals
  • PHIL 368 Social Justice in Health Care
  • PL SC 100 Plants in Our Lives
  • PL SC 200 Urban Plants: Gardening and Sustainability
  • POL S 333 Ecology and Politics
  • REN R 260 History and Fundamentals of Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • REN R 450 Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
  • REN R 467 Methods of Environmental Interpretation and Communication
  • R SOC 271 The Politics of Food and Natural Resources
  • STS 210 Environment, Science, Culture, and Values
  • WGS 240 Feminism and Food

Politics, Society & the Global Environment

Choose courses from the following list. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your Program Advisor. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change. Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information.

  • ANTHR 230 Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Environment
  • AREC 200 Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food
  • AREC 365 Natural Resource Economics
  • AREC 375 World Food and Agriculture
  • EAS 205 Environment Earth
  • ECON 269 Economics of the Environment
  • ENCS 473 Environment and Conservation Policy
  • HIST 294 An Introduction to the History of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine
  • INT D 303 Economics of World Food and Agriculture
  • PHIL 368 Topics in Social Justice
  • POL S 235 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL S 266 Politics of Globalization
  • POL S 445 Topics in Globalization and Governance
  • POL S 364 Introduction to International Political Economy
  • REN R 467 Methods of Environmental Interpretation and Communication
  • R SOC 271 The Politics of Food and Natural Resources
  • R SOC 355 Rural Communities and Global Economies
  • R SOC 365 Sociology of Environment and Development
  • R SOC 430 Social Impact Assessment
  • R SOC 450 Environmental Sociology
  • R SOC 460 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge
  • STS 200 Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology and Society
  • SOC 100 Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 269 Introductory Sociology of Globalization
  • SOC 335 Themes in Contemporary Social Theory
  • SOC 343 Social Movements
  • STS 210 Environment, Science, Culture, and Values
  • WGS 310 Gender, Development, and Beyond

Environment and Peoples of Canada

Choose courses from the following. Substitutions may be possible with the permission of your Program Advisor. Please note that as course offerings are subject to change. Always refer to Bear Tracks for the most up to date course information.

  • BIOL 333 Wetland Ecology and Management
  • BIOL 366 Northern Ecology
  • BIOL 367 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 381 A Planet in Crisis
  • ENCS 473 Environmental and Conservation Policy
  • HIST 369 History of the Native Peoples of Canada Since 1867
  • NS 240 Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues
  • NS 290 Introduction to Research and Inquiry
  • NS 335 Native People and the Fur Trade
  • NS 355 Native Oral Traditions and Indigenous Knowledge
  • NS 435 Management of Aboriginal Natural Resources
  • POL S 224 Canadian Government
  • POL S 225 Canadian Politics
  • POL S 333 Ecology and Politics
  • POL S 429 Government and Politics of Alberta
  • POL S 440 Topics in Canadian Public Policy
  • REN R 205 Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology
  • REN R 260 History and Fundamentals of Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • REN R 364 Principles of Managing Natural Diversity
  • REN R 465 Environmental and Conservation Field Studies
  • REN R 467 Methods of Environmental Interpretation and Communication
  • R SOC 365 Sociology of Environment and Development
  • R SOC 450 Environmental Sociology
  • R SOC 460 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge
  • STS 210 Environment, Science, Culture, and Values

Elective courses:

There are *33 credits in free electives in this program. Bear in mind that you may need to use some of these electives to satisfy pre-requisites for some course options on the concentration lists.


Grad Advisor

Robert Summers

Email: robert.summers@ualberta.ca