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.
Faculty: Faculty of Social Science
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of geography and environment at Mount Allison:
- BSc environmental science (honours, major, minor)
- BA geography (honours, major, minor)
- Any degree, geographic information systems (minor)
The aim of the environmental studies program at Mount Allison 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, and environmental ethics.
In upper years, environmental studies students choose complimentary courses from the following four optional streams:
- Environment and society – includes natural resources management, environment and development, gender, race, and environmental justice, with courses in anthropology and sociology
- Environmental policy and economics – includes geography of economic activity, the developing world, transportation, international environmental affairs, with courses in economics, international relations, and political science
- Environmental history and philosophy – includes courses in history, philosophy, and religious studies
- Ecology and environment – includes courses in environmental science, and biology
You will also have the opportunity to carry out your own research as summer projects or as part of directed studies courses.
Find a list of specific environmental studies courses in the academic calendar – geography and environment.
Popular career paths for environmental science 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
“I've been able to cater the degree to my specific interests by means
studies, special topic courses, and extracurricular
activities supported by department members. The professors are really
helpful in maintaining some flexibility, which meant I was able to
receive transfer credits from a semester-long exchange in New Zealand,
as well as from a field course in Nunavut with the University of
Honours environmental studies, minor in French (’13)
“The professors in the geography and environment department have a
diverse set of interests and personalities and really spread their own
passions to their students. The personal research of the professors is
very evident in their teaching styles and content,
which is attractive
for a student because you can see people who have walked a similar path
to you and who are now out in the world doing concrete things, like
making documentaries and playing leading roles in environmental
organizations both locally and abroad.”
Honours environmental studies, minor in Japanese studies (’14)
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 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.
The Wendall and Jean Halliday MacKay Award in Environmental Leadership
This Award is to recognize and encourage environmental leadership among Mount Allison students.