Bachelor of Arts - Environmental and Sustainability Studies

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

Explore environmental and sustainability issues, as well as potential answers to such issues, amid UNBC's breathtaking natural setting.

Examine environmental and sustainability challenges from a social science and humanities point of view. Among the many topics covered are carbon management, energy efficiency, global perspectives, environmental citizenship, and the interplay between society and ecosystem.

Opportunities for practical training are available in the third and fourth years of study.

Program structure


100 Level

  • Introductory Ecology
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • General Chemistry I
  • Weather and Climate
  • Introduction to Aquatic Systems
  • Physics for Future Leaders
  • Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
  • The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Planet Earth
  • Introduction to Planning
  • Contemporary Political Issues
  • (Computer Applications) is recommended for students without computing experience.

200 Level

  • Expository Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Perspectives
  • Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • Resources, Economies and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
  • Introduction to GIS


300 Level

  • Gender, Environment and Sustainability
  • Public Engagement for Sustainability 
  • Low-Carbon Transitions: Theory and Practice
  • Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management

400 Level

  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental and Professional Ethics
  • Global Environmental Policy: Energy and Climate
  • Internship
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies Senior Seminar
  • Tenure, Conflict and Resource Geography
  • or Indigenous Women: Perspectives
  • or First Nations Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender and Power
  • or International Perspective
  • or Experiential Course in First Nations Studies
  • or Critical Development Geographies
  • Environmental Justice or
  • Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
  • Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour or
  • Human Adaptability and Environmental Stress
  • Landscapes, Place and Culture
  • Environmental Anthropology


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.


Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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