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Sustainable community planning

Doing an internship through the Environmental Science program lets David Verbeek use his urban planning skills and explore his interest in the environment and sustainability.


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Law and the environment

Through teaching environmental law and coordinating the internship program, instructor Peter Mushkat enjoys sharing his knowledge, encouraging students to "get a sense of the larger picture."



Water world

Dr. Shannon Sterling uses GIS mapping and other methods to investigate the impact of climate change on water resources, globally and locally.


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New perspectives on environmental issues

Sam Halloran finds the breadth of classes offered by the Environmental Science program has given her a deeper knowledge of sustainability issues.


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The environment and human health

Dr. Daniel Rainham's research explores how our built environments—in other words, urban areas—impact human health and well-being.


Program snapshot

Top 8 reasons to study Environmental Science at Dal:

  1. Get a solid grounding in Environmental Science subjects—as well as the cultural, economic, legal, historic and social aspects of today’s hot-button environmental issues.
  2. Major in Environmental Science, or combine it as a double major with Community Design or any Arts and Social Sciences program. Or, do a minor in Environmental Studies if you're enrolled in Arts, Science, or Computer Science.
  3. Learn inside the classroom—and outside. Go on day trips and a multi-night camping trip in Kejimkujik National Park in Environmental Science Field School.
  4. Do an internship and get course credit while gaining experience in a supervised, real-world work situation.
  5. Relax and learn at Ocean Pond, a small on-campus area with nine ecological communities.
  6. Join the Environmental Program Student Society (EPSS) and share your passion for creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world with other like-minded students from a variety of programs—and have fun on the annual fall field trip.
  7. Learn more about Halifax's progressive outlook on environmental questions, from banning pesticide use to encouraging citizens to compost and recycle.
  8. Be inspired by Halifax’s urban setting and the Nova Scotia wilderness—and find learning opportunities while conducting field studies in nearby forests, marshes, rivers, and city parks.

What will I learn?

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You’ll pinpoint the top environmental issues facing us today—and collaborate to find solutions. You’ll get a better understanding of the factors involved in climate change. And you’ll discover how communities can live more sustainably. You learn the pure science and get exposed to social and political factors.

What can I do?

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Understanding the issues surrounding the environment and sustainability benefits anyone planning careers in science, business, government, law, journalism and other fields. Greg Cummings, who graduated from Environmental Science in spring 2011, is now an environmental scientist in northern BC. Read more about his job.