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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 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 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 also have 13 different concentrations to choose from, allowing 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 engages 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 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, and has a need for students with a broad knowledge base.
  • The environmental field is broad but well-defined  (for more industry information: https://www.eco.ca ).
  • 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 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 can 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
  • The wide range of courses encourages students to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and oral and 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
  • A 3 credit, 13-week internship work experience is included in the ENVS degree.

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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 the following:
        - 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' m interested in the ENVS program! How do I register ? (follow link)

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