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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Why study Environmental Studies?

Why take Environmental Studies?

This program examines the scientific, cultural, economic, moral, political and social dimensions of environmental issues. You will have the opportunity to choose one of three areas of concentration: Environment and Peoples of Canada; Politics, Society, and the Global Environment; and Food and Society.

Why get a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree?

Why take the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree?

This unique interdisciplinary degree allows you to study widely among courses offered by the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Native Studies, providing you with an expansive framework to understand and contribute to the solution of environmental problems.

This degree prepares you for further study or specialization in a variety of fields and careers, including law, business, economics, resource management, and journalism.

Possible Careers

  • Community Relations Advisor
  • Environmental / Indigenous Relations Advisor
  • Environmental Communications Officer
  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainability Specialist

Carley-Jane recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with a major in Agricultural and Resource Economics. As a UAlberta student, Carley-Jane received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, at Oxford University, where she plans to pursue an MSc in Environmental Change and Management.

Admissions Requirements for 2020 - 2021

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following courses
    • Biology 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 30-2*
    • Mathematics 30-1

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Indigenous Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Indigenous Students refer to the U of A Calendar.


Fall application: March 1, 2020

Extension: June 1, 2020

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.


  • This program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Arts. Students can apply for admission to either faculty.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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