Environmental Studies at The King's University
The Environmental Studies (ENVS) program at King's is unique. It's available as a major in both a four-year Bachelor of Arts and four-year Bachelor of Science degree. ENVS certificates are also available. This means students can choose to study the environment through either a scientific or a humanities-based lens.
The ENVS program also allows students to spend significant time specializing in an area that most interests them. Current specializations include biology, business administration, chemistry, computing science, English, philosophy, politics and economics, psychology, sociology, social sciences, and theology.
Regardless of which stream you choose, you'll discover that world-wide environmental challenges are not simply scientific dilemmas, but are intricately linked with social, economic, and spiritual realities.
At King's, you'll be exposed to big-picture ideas about the environment and acquire the technical skills employers are looking for. You'll also be well prepared for employment. All students participate in a 13-week internship so they can apply coursework to real life situations and prepare for future careers.
“Going to the Western Division Canadian Associate of Geographers conference with the Environmental Studies program was an amazing opportunity for me to network with people from other universities, gain experience presenting academic research, and for building strong relationship with my peers."
Kara Letain, Alumna
B.Sc. in Environmental Studies, 2017
Careers and graduate studies
At King's, we recognize that the environmental sector is one of the fastest growing verticals for employment in Canada! Graduates from the program have pursued careers in environmental protection, conservation, natural resource management, and work in the natural resource industry. Job search training is provided prior to internships, and job search support is available to students during their final semester. Others have pursued graduate/professional programs and academic research in everything from environmental law and business to the natural sciences.
Like all programs, the Environmental Studies program is accredited by the Province of Alberta through the Campus Alberta Quality Council.
The B.A. and B.Sc. in Environmental Studies have been granted additional national accreditation by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC), the certifying body of the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO Canada). King’s B.A. in Environmental Studies was the first university program in Canada to be awarded accreditation by CEAC. This level of accreditation allows King's Environmental Studies students to pursue certification as an Environmental Professional (in training) or EPt. All of King's ENVS graduates are eligible for the one-year reduction in the work experience needed for the EPt designation.
King's Environmental Studies faculty and staff are committed to:
- Helping students think critically about how civilization impacts the environment and how humans can reverse harm to the natural world.
- Providing opportunities to examine interactions between humans and the surrounding environment (animal populations, plant life) and the management of these interactions.
- Providing field training and off-campus studies to get students involved in hands-on learning in preparation for future employment.
- Re-affirming that our world is God's creation and that human's are charged to take care of it.
Environmental Studies from a Christian perspective
Our world belongs to God, and scripture talks a great deal about humanity's role in taking care of His creation. King's Environmental Studies professors and staff approach a study of the environment with faith-based ideas of stewardship, care-taking, and priority-setting in mind.
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