Environmental Studies represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to examining human-environment relationships. The Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) (Natural Sciences) equips graduates with the tools needed to engage in proactive environmental citizenship and to work in environmental science fields in Canada and abroad. Upon completion, students will have developed the depth of knowledge required to continue to graduate or other professional studies, and they may seek additional related professional accreditation after graduation.
Students interested in a more flexible Arts- and Sciences-based program in environmental studies are encouraged to consider the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES).
Applicants who are unsure about which credential to pursue (BES or BES-NS) should make an appointment with the Advising Centre or refer to the Bachelor of Environmental Studies website for more information.
Note 1: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, or IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
Note 2: Applicants who plan to complete additional Chemistry should complete the prerequisites for CHEM 113 while in secondary school or through upgrading once at UFV. See CHEM 113 for the current prerequisites for this course.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies and/or a meeting with an Academic Advisor.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Additional fees for course field trips and practicum courses will apply to all students enrolled in Environmental Studies courses, and students enrolled in courses within the degree, e.g. Geography.
With appropriate planning, the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences) degree can be completed in four years of full-time study. Because upper-level courses are offered on a limited basis, students should seek the help of an Advisor to plan their coursework in advance, in order to complete their degree in a timely manner. Part-time studies are available.
The majority of courses in the program will be offered on the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses; required Agriculture courses are offered in Chilliwack. Students may choose to complete a practicum in order to meet requirements. Practicums may be Canada-based or international.
BES (Natural Sciences) students are required to take the following:
|GEOG 111||Environmental Issues and Strategies||3|
|ENV 200||Bioregional Communities||4|
|GEOG 211||Environmental Science (discontinued)||3|
|or CMNS 257/GEOG 257||Environment: Science and Communications|
|PHIL 318||Environmental Ethics||3|
|PORT 398||Portfolio I: Bridging University and Career||3|
|ENV 410||Environmental Seminar||4|
|GEOG 412||Environmental Geography Practicum|
|COOP 120||Co-op Work Term Performance and Report II|
|or||Demonstration of previous environmental work (see Note)|
Note: Demonstration of previous environmental work (paid or unpaid) corresponding to professional competency learning outcomes, subject to program chair review. See the BES website for more details.
|GEOG 253||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||4|
|GEOG 353||GIS Applications||4|
|PHIL 100||Reasoning: An Introduction to Critical Thinking||3|
|CMNS 125||Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences||3|
|or ENGL 105||Academic Writing|
|One of: (see Note 1)||3–4|
|STAT 104||Introductory Statistics|
|STAT 106||Statistics I|
|STAT 270/ MATH 270||Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
|PSYC 110||Applied Statistical Analysis in Psychology|
|One course from List 1C (see Note 2): Professional and Research Skills (lower-level)||3–4|
|One course from List 2B (see Note 2): Professional and Research Skills II (upper-level)||3–4|
Note 1: Students are encouraged to complete their Statistics requirement within the first 30 credits (direct entry) or first year in the program (transfer students).
Note 2: Environmental careers are very diverse, with many requiring practical experience in communications and media, GIS, statistics, and others demanding graduate-level study. Because students will choose to pursue different pathways, they are encouraged to select the Professional and Research Skills course of greatest relevance to their goals.
|One course from List 1A: Society and Culture||3–4|
|One course from List 1B: Political Economy||3|
|BIO 111||Introductory Biology I||5|
|BIO 112||Introductory Biology II||5|
|BIO 210||Introduction to Ecology||4|
|or BIO 219/ GEOG 219||Biogeography|
|CHEM 110||Introductory Chemistry (see Note 1)||4-5|
|or CHEM 113||Principles of Chemistry I (see Note 1)|
|GEOG 103||The Physical Environment||4|
|GEOG 201||Climate and People||4|
|or GEOG 202||Understanding Your Earth: Landforms and Processes|
|AGRI 124||Introduction to Horticulture|
|AGRI 163||Pest Biology and Identification|
|AGRI 204||Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility|
|One courses from List 2A: Society, Culture, and Economy||3–4|
|Five courses from List 2C: Sciences II (see Note 2)||15-20|
Note 1: Students wishing to complete additional courses in Chemistry will be required to take CHEM 113 and CHEM 114. Please see calendar for prerequisites for CHEM 113. Courses in 200-level Chemistry and above are highly recommended for students continuing on into Environmental Science employment and graduate school.
Note 2: Students wishing to apply for the Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) designation will need to take courses from this list that fits the B.C. Institute of Agrologists' definition of “agrology”. These students are also encouraged to complete a sixth course from List 2C, including one or more upper-level AGRI courses.
Students will also complete 7–24 elective credits. A minimum of 45 upper-level credits are required to complete the degree.
Some of the following courses have prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions section of the calendar for details.
|ANTH 268||Culture and Environment||3|
|ENGL 215||Creative Writing: Creative Non-ficition||3|
|GEOG 140||Human Geography||3|
|IPK 102||Introduction to Indigenous Studies||3|
|MACS 130||Mass Communication in Canada||3|
|MACS 210||History of Communication||3|
|MACS 240||Media, Money, and Power||3|
|SOC 247||Culture of Capitalism||3|
|SOC 260/ ANTH 260||Food for Thought: Food, Culture, and Society||3|
|SOC 289||Sociology of Animals in Western Society||3|
|ECON 100||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|ECON 101||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON 242/ GEOG 242||Economic Geography||3|
|AGRI 247||Enterprise Project: Part I||3|
|BUS 204||Introduction to Non-Profit Management||3|
|CHEM 241||Analytical Chemistry||4|
|CIS 145||Web Publishing||3|
|CMNS 180||Introduction to Intercultural Communication||3|
|CMNS 235||Public Speaking||3|
|CMNS 251||Professional Report Writing||3|
|COMP 120||Computing for the Sciences||3|
|GEOG 252||Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods||4|
|MATH 111||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 118||Calculus II for Life Sciences||4|
|PSYC 202||Research Methods in Psychology||4|
|SOC 255/ ANTH 255/ MACS 255||Introduction to Social Research||3|
|VA 180||Digital Photography||3|
|VA 271||Image, Sound, and Performance Art I||3|
|AGRI 371||Sustainable Holistic Agriculture: Planning and Practices||3|
|ECON 352||Technological Progress and Economic Growth||3|
|ECON 361/ GEOG 361||Environmental Economics||3|
|GEOG 311||Global Resources and Environment||4|
|GEOG 312||Political Ecology||4|
|GEOG 314||Geography of Food||4|
|GEOG 340/ GDS 340||Geographies of Poverty and Development||4|
|GEOG 360||Introduction to Regional and Community Planning||4|
|GEOG 364||International Planning and Development Policy: Adapting to Climate Change||4|
|IPK 386||Indigenous Worldviews of Turtle Island||3|
|IPK 401||Indigenous Worldviews and Spirituality||4|
|PHIL 412||Corporations, Globalization, and Ethics (formerly PHIL 312)||3|
|PSYC 364||Environmental Psychology||3|
|RLST 380||Religion, Nature, and Science||3|
|SOC 346||Environmental Justice||4|
|SOC 348||Social Movements||4|
|SOC 360/ ANTH 360||Eating and Thinking: Food, Identity, and Power in Global Societies||4|
|SOC 368/ ANTH 368||Environment and Society (formerly SOC 468/ANTH 468)||4|
|CMNS 300/ JRNL 300||Introduction to the Practice of Journalism||3|
|CMNS 301/ JRNL 301||Advanced Practice of Journalism||4|
|CMNS 312||Public Relations Campaigns||3|
|CMNS 325||Writing for the Sciences and Technologies||3|
|CMNS 335||Advanced Public Speaking||4|
|CMNS 360||Advocacy Writing||3|
|CMNS 375||Understanding Design for Print Publications||3|
|CMNS 380||The Cross-Generational Workplace||3|
|CMNS 465||Grant and Proposal Writing||3|
|CMNS 480/ MACS 480||Crisis Communications||4|
|ENGL 373/ JRNL 373||Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Non-Fiction||4|
|GEOG 357/ BIO 357||Conservation GIS||4|
|GEOG 453||Remote Sensing of the Environment||4|
|GEOG 454||Geospatial Data Analysis and Modeling||4|
|IPK 344/ ANTH 344/ SOC 344||Indigenous Research Methodologies (formerly IPK 444/ANTH 444/SOC 444)||4|
|PHIL 305||Philosophy of Decision Making and Dispute Resolution||3|
|PHIL 310||Ethics and Public Policy||3|
|SOC 313/ GEOG 313||Agriculture and Rural Life||4|
|SOC 352/ POSC 352||Public Policy Analysis||4|
|SOC 353||Program Evaluation||4|
|SOC 355/ ANTH 355/ MACS 355||Quantitative Research Methods||4|
|SOC 356/ ANTH 356/ MACS 356||Qualitative Research Methods||4|
|SOC 357||Advanced Research Methods||4|
|SOC 358||Advanced Research on a Selected Topic||4|
|SOC 475||Communities, Difference, and Belonging||4|
|STAT 315||Applied Regression Analysis||3|
|STAT 330||Design of Experiments||3|
|STAT 350||Survey Sampling||3|
|VA 365/ FILM 365/ JRNL 365||Documentary Video Storytelling||3|
|VA 371||New Media III: Interactive Art||3|
|VA 372||New Media IV: Project in New Media||3|
|VA 390||Community Arts Practice||3|
|AGRI 311||Sustainable Soil Management||3|
|AGRI 321||Vegeatble Crop Production: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 323||Fruit Crop Production: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 324||Greenhouse Production: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 327||Nursery Production and Propagation: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 328||Forage Crop Production: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 331||Dairy Production and Management: Science and Practice||3|
|BIO 310||Conservation Biology||3|
|BIO 330||Plants and Animals of British Columbia||4|
|BIO 335/ GEOG 335||Methods in Freshwater Ecology||4|
|BIO 340||Population and Community Ecology||4|
|BIO 360||Insect Biology||4|
|BIO 370||Introduction to Mycology||4|
|BIO 410/ GEOG 410||Plant Ecology||4|
|BIO 426||Environmental Microbiology||4|
|BIO 430||Forest Ecology||3|
|CHEM 311||Intermediate Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 312||Intermediate Organic Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 341||Instrumental Analysis/Applied Spectroscopy||4|
|CHEM 412||Special Topics in Chemistry||3|
|GEOG 302||River Geomorphology||4|
|GEOG 303||Environmental Hydrology||4|
|GEOG 304||Coasts and Climate Change||4|
|GEOG 307||Urban Climatology||4|
|GEOG 308||Climate Change and Variability||4|
|GEOG 318||Water Resources Management||4|
|GEOG 319/ BIO 319||Swamps and Bogs||4|
|GEOG 402||Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology||4|
|GEOG 419/ BIO 419||Paleoecology||4|
|IPK 477/BIO 477||Traditional Ecological Knowledges||4|
|Any BIO or GEOG special topics course, directed studies, or field course designated with an environmental science focus (contact the Biology department or Geography program for more information).|
Students in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences) degree program are strongly encouraged to apply for Co-operative Education. Co-operative Education is common to most Environmental Studies programs. The Co-operative Education option provides students with the opportunity to acquire paid, career-related work experience in conjunction with their studies in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences) program. Co-operative Education experiences can be used to meet the program's professional competency requirement. See the Co-operative Education section for more details.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits, to include a minimum of 45 upper-level (300- or 400-level) credits.
UFV students who wish to take academic work at other institutions for credit toward the degree must obtain permission in advance from an Advisor. A Letter of Permission request is available at ufv.ca/registrar/forms or can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Students must be in good standing (CGPA > 2.00) to receive a Letter of Permission. When approval has been granted, the Office of the Registrar will issue a Letter of Permission to the student.
Course Repeat policy (86): Students may not register for a course more than twice without the permission of the department head/director for the discipline or their designate. All attempts will be recorded on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be included in the GPA. Transfer courses are considered in the number of attempts. A “W” or “AU” course is not counted as a duplication. Multiple repeats of the same course count as a single duplication.
Undergraduate Continuance policy (92): Students must have a CGPA of at least 2.00 to remain in good academic standing. Failure to meet or maintain a 2.00 will result in restrictions on registration and may lead to academic suspension.
Subsequent and Concurrent Bachelor Degree policy (98): Students who have already completed a degree at the bachelor’s level may be granted an additional bachelor’s degree provided that the two degrees are different, and that the student has met the program requirements. Students will complete at least one third of the total credits required for the additional degree, including at least 30 additional upper-level credits, beyond the credits taken in the first or concurrent degree. All 30 upper-level credits must be obtained through completion of UFV courses.
Transfer Credit policy (107) and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) policy (94): Students who successfully complete academic course work at another post-secondary institution can transfer this credit to UFV to satisfy BA degree requirements. They can also earn academic credit through an assessment of prior learning.
Of 120 credits for the BES, at least 60 must be completed at UFV. At least 30 upper-level credits must be completed at UFV.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with an Advisor. To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the BES (Natural Sciences) program with a minimum program GPA of 2.00.
Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/registrar/forms, or from the Office of the Registrar. This should be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30th of each year.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.