Why study Environmental Science at Dal?

Expand your care for the environment with a fresh perspective

Climate change, biodiversity, energy and the economy. The world is waking up like never before to the importance of protecting our environment. Those with expertise in environmental science will contribute to ensuring the future health of our planet. At Dalhousie, Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic program that integrates research and principles from several disciplines to important issues related to the state of the environment.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Environmental Science Program
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Dalhousie’s Environmental Science program encourages you to explore the environment from scientific perspectives; as well as the political, cultural, ethical, and historical angles. You can make it your main focus of study or combine it with other programs.

First year students will start by taking foundation courses to fulfill core requirements. You’ll start by learning the fundamentals of environmental science and explore topics such as current environmental challenges, the ecosphere, resources and sustainability. Students can explore their personal interests through electives. You’ll get outside the classroom and gain hands-on experience conducting field studies in nearby forests, marshes, rivers and city parks. Students will also have the opportunity to complete work terms through the co-op education program.

Sample courses:

  • Economics of Global Warming
  • Current Environmental Challenges: Analysis and Solutions
  • Environmental Ethics

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

Careers and future study

The state of the environment affects us all and is an increasingly important area of concern. Understanding environmental issues will benefit anyone planning a career in science, business, government, law, journalism, and many other fields. 

Upon graduation, you could find yourself in any one of the following careers:

  • restoration ecologist
  • natural resource manager
  •  environmental consultant
  • outdoor educator/ nature interpreter
  • eco-tourism specialist

Future study possibilities are abundant and diverse and may include graduate level programs such as a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Planning (MPlan) or Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM). You may also choose to go on and complete a PhD. You’ll also have the foundation to pursue further studies in professional programs such as medicine or law.

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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