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Planning, Geography, and Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences) — bachelor's degree


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
  • Upper-level science courses prepare you to seek a professional designation


UFV’s four-year Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) (Natural Sciences) program prepares you to work in the dynamic field of environmental science and to help organizations and communities reach their sustainability goals.

Your core courses will help you explore the relationship between humans and the environment. You will learn about resource management, sustainability research, and innovative problem-solving. You will also learn how to communicate your research and ideas effectively.

The BES (Natural Sciences) is designed to be interdisciplinary. It will help you create connections between several career-building subjects: geography, biology, philosophy, agriculture, economics, communications, and more. You will specialize in the natural sciences by completing upper-level science courses that include lab and fieldwork across the Fraser Valley region, enabling you to pursue professional accreditation after graduation.

Courses are delivered in both online and face-to-face formats, using lecture, seminar, field-based, and technology-supported classroom experiences.

Your program also includes a practical work experience component. You can meet this requirement through a practicum or by joining the cooperative education program. Gaining such real-world experience will enhance your technical skill sets and help build your job-ready qualifications.

After you graduate, you will be equipped to work in the field of environmental science or as an environmental professional in Canada or abroad. You may also choose to pursue graduate studies.

If you are interested in a program that offers more elective credits, UFV also offers the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)

View program outline


BES (Natural Sciences) graduates will have the skills and knowledge to pursue environmental careers in a variety of settings, including agriculture and food secruity, climate change, land use planning/GIS, conservation, environmental management, and environmental communications.

You may find employment as:  

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental technician
  • Field biologist
  • Natural resource manager
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) technician
  • Planning technician
  • Environmental monitor
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental education consultant
  • Environmental program coordinator


See the Academic Calendar for the program's entrance requirements


This program is open to international students

How to apply

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 (Natural Sciences) entry requirements.


Phone: 604-854-4568
Toll free: 1-888-507-7441, ext. 4568

Embarking on the Environmental Studies – Natural Sciences degree was transformative. The program’s rich variety of courses honed my understanding of the interconnectedness of our world. The hands-on experiences, from fieldwork to lab projects, provided valuable practical insights. A memorable experience for me was learning about sea level rise and its impacts at Cresent Beach in Surrey. As a graduate, I emerged well-rounded, equipped with a holistic perspective and a passion for sustainability. I now work at UFV’s Office of Sustainability applying my classroom knowledge to real-world initiatives.

  • – Chloe Berge
  •    BES-NS

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