Why choose ESS at Dal?

In 2008, Dalhousie created Canada’s first College of Sustainability, bringing distinguished thinkers and problem-solvers together in a new way to examine and take action on today’s most urgent global issues.

Because the College and its faculty understand that change cannot happen in isolation, Environment, Sustainability, and Society (ESS) lecturers and profs come from across the academic spectrum—business, the arts, science, engineering, health, and design. All of them share one unwavering goal: to develop sustainable solutions that will preserve our planet for future generations.

As an undergraduate ESS student, you’ll join the more than 1,000 students who have taken courses since the program began in 2009. The structure of the ESS program allows you to pursue the academic field of your choice—anything from theatre to biology to business—and combine it with a major in ESS. You’ll graduate with a double major or combined honours degree, along with the intellectual tools that will help you change the world for the better.

You’ll learn through discussions and debates led by experts on sustainability from across the university. Classroom learning is complemented by intensive tutorials and distinguished guest speakers who bring progressive thinking and insights from the broader community. And because the College of Sustainability realizes the importance of transferring knowledge from the classroom to the community, you’ll be encouraged to do an internship in your third and fourth years of study.

See the course requirements, according to option in our ESS Academic Advising Handbook for 2017-2018 - [PDF 1.1mB] (ESS combined with a second major subject, compared with ESS as second major subject).

Program details

Bachelor's degree

Program Options

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Double Major (4 years)
  • Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Minor

Bachelor of Community Design (BCD)

  • Double Major (4 years)
  • Combined Hounours (4 years)

Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (BACS)

  • Minor

Bachelor of Management (BMgmt)

  • Major (4 years)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

  • Double Major (4 years)
  • Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Minor

Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS)

  • Minor

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Dynamic core first-year classes have between 120-200 students.
  • Upper-level classes range from 30 to 100 students.
  • Class sizes in electives from other programs vary.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing

Want to live in residence with other students studying enviromental issues? One of Dal's residences has an entire floor dedicated to environmentally-conscious students in various programs who wish to work together to explore current social and geo-political issues surrounding our planet and its future.