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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Want to work on real issues that affect communities? Learn about the environmental challenges we face as a society and gain the skills needed to overcome them to make positive change. Study how human activities affect the world, then put that knowledge into action. Conduct community-based research. Develop action plans and work on local ecological restoration projects.

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Program options:
Bachelor degree, Minor
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional Field School courses optional

Areas of focus

  • Ecological restoration
  • Ethnoecology
  • Political ecology


  • Conservation specialist
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Environmental consultant or manager
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental journalist
  • Forestry technician
  • Horticulturalist
  • Landscaping manager
  • Park manager
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Water system supervisor


Apply to the Faculty of Social Sciences (Undeclared) as a high school student or a transfer student from another post-secondary institution.

You can declare this program as your major after one or more years of full-time study. Note that the major in Environmental Studies must be combined with another degree program as a double major or honours/major.

Alternatively, you can choose another major as your primary degree program and add this program as a minor to broaden your studies.

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English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

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