Why study Environmental Sciences at Dal?

Study today, preserve the planet for generations

Do you want to become part of the solution to our world’s complex environmental issues and help improve our quality of life in the future? The Environmental Sciences program offered through Dalhousie's Faculty of Agriculture at the Agricultural Campus in Truro, N.S. can get you there. Our program teaches students to analyze complex environmental issues and develop practical solutions that consider the impacts on the environment, society and our economy.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), BSc (Agr)
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Dalhousie’s Environmental Sciences program is a multi-disciplinary program that offers diverse courses, personalized attention and quality instruction. It merges the physical and natural sciences to give you a unique and marketable education.

Alongside the core sciences, you'll also learn about ecosystems, conservation, water quality, waste reduction, site remediation and resource management and policy. You’ll put your classroom learning into practice through lab and field work. You'll also get an opportunity to practice environmental sampling and analysis.

Once students have identified their personal interests, they’ll be able to select one of the following specializations for their degree: Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Economics, Environmental Soil Sciences, Pest Management (minor) or Waste Management.

Sample courses:

  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis
  • Air, Climate and Climate Change
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Download the Environmental Sciences Factsheet [PDF - 214Kb]

Careers and future study

Completing the Environmental Sciences program opens the door to a variety of employment opportunities in a diverse and developing industry. Graduates of this program enter the workforce with a strong scientific orientation and perspective that ensures they’re in demand. You could find yourself employed as any of the following:

  • conservation officer
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental policy analyst
  • recycling coordinator
  • environmental educator

Future study possibilities may include graduate level programs in Agricultural Resource and Environmental Sciences in any of the following areas of study: Agriculture Systems Management, Entomology, Food Biochemistry, Food Product Development, Resource Management, Soil Chemistry and many more. After you complete your master's, you’ll be ready to pursue a PhD and conduct your own research.

Completion of this degree will make you eligible for Professional Agrology Membership (NSIA Nova Scotia Institute of Agrology; Agrology Agronomes Canada)

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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