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1. What is Environmental Studies?

  • A study of the environment that includes various perspectives (business applications, written and oral communications, historical, philosophical, psychological and theological implications,  societal observations) and traditional scientific investigations (biology, chemistry)
  • Unique to King's are also courses in philosophy and theology of the environment
  • Covers many "traditional" science subjects in the investigation of terrestrial (earth), aquatic (water) and atmospheric (air) systems and their interactions 
  • Examines the relationship between human activities and the natural world

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2. What would I learn in this program?

  • Students acquire an intricate knowledge of environmental systems and how they work
  • Students develop a wide range of expertise needed to address present and future environmental challenges
  • Program graduates will enter the environmental sector as environmental problem-solvers

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3. Why should I study Environmental Studies at King's?

  • Our program is unique in that we offer students a BA or a B.Sc stream. We have 13 different concentrations to choose from as well, which allows our students to pursue their area of interest. 
  • The world needs environmental problem-solvers with a broad understanding from many different disciplines
  • Our Environmental Studies degree will engage you in the understanding of historical and current environmental issues
  • We have qualified and engaging faculty who have a sincere interest in sharing their expertise with their students

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4. What careers could I get with an Environmental Studies degree?

  • The environmental sector is one of the fastest growing areas for employment in Canada
  • The environmental field is broad but quite well-defined  (for more industry information:  https://www.eco.ca )
  • It is a field that is growing and has a need for students with a broad knowledge base
  • In Canada, there are three major sectors for employment
         - Environmental Protection
         - Conservation and Protection of Natural Resources
         - Environmental Sustainability

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5. What if I want to pursue graduate work?

  • Over 50% of environmental students in Canada pursue graduate programs and research
  • The broad base of the undergraduate program provides a great range of options for graduate work
  • Some options include further work in environmental studies or management, international development, or traditional programs such as biology, geology, chemistry, etc
  • Combining environmental expertise with graduate programs in law school, engineering, MBA programs or medical school opens countless career opportunities.

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6. What high school subjects do I need?

  • BA    Math 30-2 , Biology 30
  • B.Sc.   Biology Concentration: Math 30-2, Chem 30 Bio 30,   Chemistry Concentration: Math 30-1, Chem 30 Bio 30

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7. What makes Environmental Studies at King's unique?

  • We provide a liberal arts education which is perfectly suited to the broad knowledge base needed in today's environmental workforce
  • We offer two accredited routes of study: B.A. (Social Sciences or Humanities) or B. Sc. (Natural Sciences), students are able to chose a major in Environmental Studies and a second area of concentration in another area of interest including: B.Sc. - Biology or Chemistry, Computing Science      B.A. - English, Philosophy, Sociology, Theology, Social Sciences, Sociology, History, Psychology, Biology and Business Administration,  
  • Through a wide range of courses students develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and oral & visual communication skills
  • Students graduate with transferable skills as well as skills specific to the environment field including:
       - mapping and aerial photo interpretation
       - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
       - Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
       - Statistics and other computer applications
       - lab and field experience
  • Included in the ENVS degree is a 3 credit - 13 week internship work-experience 

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 8. What is an 'Environmental Studies Internship' ?

  • After year 3, students pursue a 13 week summer internship
  • With support from the Internship Coordinator, students are placed in government, industry or a variety of Non-Governmental Organizations, applying their skills and gaining valuable work experience
  • Previous interns have worked for
        - municipal, provincial and federal governments
        - conservation organizations and other not-for-profit groups
        - international relief organizations
        - small and large scale industry in Alberta and across Canada
  •  Read more: Internships

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    9. I am interested in the ENVS program, how do I register ? (follow link)

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