Bachelor of Science ― Environmental Science
This four-year program looks to the future — one that lies within the framework of a new environmental science paradigm dealing with preventing pollution and promoting the efficient and appropriate use of energy, materials and natural resources. This encourages industries to establish sustainable systems that can help protect the environment, as well as improve the corporate bottom line. Students in the program also become familiar with best practices in environmental management.
Elevated interest and concern for the environment has not been ignored by industry. With your knowledge of environmental science, you can guide companies and government in green practices ― preventing pollution, reducing waste, appropriate use of energy, materials and natural resources.
Learn in the industry
You’ll put what you’re learning into practice during two Directed Field Studies. The DFS work terms will give you the experience needed to immediately start making a difference once you’ve graduated.
As a graduate of this program you will be able to:
- design and implement plans and programs to meet regulatory requirements
- evaluate compliance with environmental regulations
- assess the environmental impacts of industrial activities
- conduct investigations of contaminated sites
- design and carry out field and laboratory sampling, testing and monitoring procedures
- assist in the design and implementation of remediation, restoration and reclamation plans and programs
- develop waste management solutions
- assist in the design, evaluation and implementation of sustainable development plans and strategies
- create and maintain appropriate records and reports
- appropriate oral and written communication skills
- develop work ethics and skills that allow productive work independently or as part of a team
Due in part to the current spotlight on the environment, graduates of this program are in high demand and starting salaries are typically in excess of $35,000 a year. According to Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada), during the 2001 to 2010 period, the average annual rate of growth in environmental employment is expected to be 12.5% higher than total growth in Canadian employment across all industries. Current jobs in this diverse and expanding field focus on environmental protection, conservation and preservation of natural resources, and environmental sustainability. Roles start at the technologist level and progress to management-level positions.
Your job title could be:
- Environmental planner ― develop plans for land use by balancing social, economic and environmental issues. You may work in urban or rural areas on either a local planning or a national strategic level.
- Air quality specialist ― ensure air pollution laws involving emissions and airborne pollutants are upheld. You may also make air quality recommendations on proposed new factories and manufacturing plants.
- Pollution control technologist ― you will focus on the source of pollution. You will likely be a specialist in a sampling technique, type of pollution or in equipment for pollution control. A team of environmental professionals, including pollution control technologists, often work on a wide variety of projects.
Many faculty members are involved in research which offers students the added bonus of being involved. It’s yet another way to get some real world experience, which is a great learning tool that increases your marketability.