Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
September, January, May 

Abbotsford campus



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study


UFV’s four-year Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) is a full-time program that provides you with the skills to shape business, industry, and government practices using economically and environmentally-sound principles.

Developed as an integrated and interdisciplinary program, the BES builds connections between fields such as environmental studies, art, natural sciences, and communications. The program also incorporates a regional focus by addressing the environmental needs of the Fraser Valley, including agriculture and food security, climate change, land use planning/GIS, and environmental communications.

The Bachelor of Environmental Studies is structured around a primary core of courses that engage you on questions related to human-environment relationships, resource scarcity and allocation, innovation and problem solving, environmental research, and communication of ideas and results. Courses are delivered in a face-to-face format using lecture, seminar, field-based, and technology-supported classroom experiences.

In addition, you may choose from a practicum or cooperative work placement to satisfy one of the work requirements. If you decide to combine the four-year BES with the Cooperative Education option, you need to allow for three additional semesters for degree completion.

Upon graduation, you are prepared to work as an environmental professional in Canada or abroad. Alternatively, you may also choose to pursue graduate studies or another professional designation.

If you plan on working in the environmental science field and seek additional professional accreditation after graduation, you may consider the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences) — planned for Winter 2020.

View program outline


Bachelor of Environmental Studies graduates are well equipped to work as environmental professionals in a variety of fields (forestry, agriculture, urban and commercial transportation planning, conservation).

You may find employment as:  

  • Environmental technician
  • Sustainability manager or educator
  • Non-profit project manager
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) technician
  • Planning technician
  • Environmental advisor 
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental education consultant
  • Environmental program coordinator


Option 1: High School (for students with high school graduation only)

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. A minimum of a C+ in English 12 or equivalent (English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, or IB English A – standard level or higher) and a minimum of a B average in two additional approved Grade 12 courses.

Out-of-province applicants

Students will be considered on the basis of courses equivalent to approved Grade 12 courses. See the out-of-province grade equivalents section on the Admissions website for more information on equivalents to B.C. secondary school graduation.

Alternatives to high school graduation

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program, the B.C. Graduation diploma (B.C. Adult Dogwood), or the General Educational Development (GED) certificate may be considered to have the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation for admission purposes.

Option 2: University Entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

  1. Prerequisites for ENGL 105 or CMNS 125.
  2. One of the following:
    1. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on the last 18 credits of university-level courses attempted, including completion of GEOG111 and GEOG 103, with C or higher.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a CGPA of 2.00 on all credits attempted.
    3. Completion of a minimum of nine credits at the 100 level and above, transferable to a degree program, with a GPA of 3.00 or better on all credits attempted.
    4. Completion of a post-secondary career or technical diploma (minimum of two years post-secondary credit) from a recognized Canadian or International post-secondary institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 (equated to the UFV grading scheme), calculated on all courses taken.
    5. Completion of a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree from a recognized Canadian or International institution, with a minimum GPA of 2.00 (equated to the UFV grading scheme). Students who have completed a previous degree are governed by UFV's Subsequent and Concurrent Bachelor Degree policy (98).

Option 3: Combined post-secondary/high school admission

Students who have attended or are currently attending a post-secondary institution, have fewer than 30 credits applicable for BA entrance at the time they apply for admission, and have a CGPA of at least 2.00 on all post-secondary courses attempted may be considered for admission based on high school requirements.


This program is open to international students

How to apply
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Note: Students must have B.C. secondary school graduation equivalency, meet the prerequisite for ENGL 105 or CMNS 125, and have completed an equivalent average of B (equated to the UFV grading system) in two academic Grade 12 subjects.


Apply to Qualifying Studies to upgrade your qualifications if you do not currently meet the Bachelor of Environmental Studies entry requirements.


Phone: 604-854-4568
Toll free: 1-888-507-7441, ext. 4568
Email: EnvironmentalStudies@ufv.ca

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