Environmental Studies | Mount Allison

Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies helps you develop an understanding of the complex environmental challenges facing the world. It is designed for students interested in the human dimensions of environmental change and problem-solving through environmental management, planning, and policy.

Overview

Environmental Studies focuses on the human dimensions of environmental change and problem-solving through environmental management, planning, and policy.

Environmental Studies helps you develop an understanding of the complex environmental challenges facing the world.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
Minor

Curriculum

At Mount Allison, the aim of the Environmental Studies program is to equip you with the kind of integrative and analytical thinking that will help you effectively contribute to environmental leadership and decision-making.

Courses cover such topics as:

  • environmental policy
  • natural resources management
  • environmental ethics

In upper years, Environmental Studies students choose complimentary courses from the following four optional streams:

  • environmental social justice
  • environmental policy and economics
  • environmental history and philosophy
  • ecology and environment

You will also have the opportunity to carry out your own research as summer projects or as part of directed studies courses.

Environmental Studies is available as:

  • BA major (66 credits)
  • BA honours (78 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Brad Walters
Professor, Geography and Environment

» 5Q with geography and environment professor Dr. Brad Walters

Careers

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Environmental Studies graduates include:

  • urban planner
  • environmental journalist
  • outdoor recreation manager
  • ecotourism developer/planner
  • conservation education co-ordinator
  • recycling/waste management specialist
  • wetlands conservation manager
  • environmental activist/educator
  • community developer
  • environmental lawyer
  • environmental policy analyst

Testimonials

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The Geography and Environment department has provided me with so many opportunities throughout my time at Mount Allison. The small classes and collaborative learning styles really allow students to have a more personalized learning experience. I was able to build a working relationship with many of my professors which led to a summer internship and valuable job experience. Classes cover a wide variety of topics with lots of opportunities to learn about current events and explore the Sackville area under a geographical lens.


Maggie
Ivimey
Environmental Studies, minors in French and Geography
Halifax, NS

Extras

Experiential learning

Students in Mount Allison's Geography and Environment department have the opportunity to carry out their own research as summer projects or as part of directed studies courses.

Environmental Studies students have chosen research in diverse topics, including:

  • outdoor environmental education implementation
  • resource development and climate change — and the impact of both on Aboriginal communities
  • freshwater conservation and preservation
  • the human dimensions of aquaculture management
  • consumers' perceptions of packaging of environmental-friendly products

Environmental activism
Environmental studies students are encouraged to engage in environmental issues outside the classroom, the University having a long-standing reputation for student and campus environmental activism. Students have played a leading role in numerous campus 'greening' initiatives.

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Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards

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Mount A is #1 in scholarships and bursaries


Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison first in scholarships and bursaries, and second in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

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