BSc Environmental Science

The Challenge:

Environmental and ecological problems are of increasing concern to Canadians. In northern British Columbia, the concerns are especially acute in resource based economies. As one of the undergraduate Environmental degrees at UNBC, Environmental Science seeks to train scientists who will understand how the environment functions, and how to mitigate effects on the environment when functions and processes are disrupted.

Taking advantage of a spectacular natural laboratory and state of the art facilities, the program is problem and process oriented with a strong practical focus related to the challenges, context and environment of the North and beyond.


INTERNSHIP is now a required course in the BSc Environmental Science Degree
Effective September 2013, Environmental Science majors need to satisfy the experiential learning component in the form of Internship (ENSC 440) to complete the degree requirements.  Our objective is to enrich the learning experience of students in an area related to environmental science.  The Internship allows students to gain hands-on exposure to an environmentally-related field in industry, government, academia or non-governmental organizations. Among others, experiential learning will be an opportunity to immerse in the nature, tasks, and requirements involved with certain types of work and research (i.e., graduate school) activities.  With the Internship experience, our graduates will likely be more attractive to potential employers because of the work-like experience required to complete the degree. 

Photo of May 2010  Graduates

Dustin Blake, Ekaterina Daviel, Irene Hart

An agreement with Kwantlen University College and UNBC allows these students to also benefit from the similar requirements as Douglas College. (Link to the agreement)

Students completing the two- year Associate Degree in Environmental Science at Douglas College may obtain a UNBC Degree in Environmental Science (BSc Major) by meeting all the requirements of the current calendar, or, by completing a modified third and fourth year program. Entrance to the modified program at UNBC requires successful completion of selected courses at Douglas College that also meet the requirements of the Douglas College Associate Degree in Environmental Science. Students considering entrance into this program at UNBC should consult with the Environmental Science Academic Advisor before applying for admission. Please contact Jennifer Hollands (Environmental Science Academic Advisor) by telephone at 250-960-6677 or by email at for more details.   (Link to the agreement)

 Our Educational Approach
The interdisciplinary Environmental Science degree is built around a core curriculum. These courses ensure an understanding of fundamental biological, chemical and physical aspects of environmental science and a uniform student preparation.

In addition, students receive exposure to realistic questions, problems, and the human dimensions that underlie many of these issues. Specializing in the area of their choice, students develop a diversity of expertise necessary to address present environmental problems and future unanticipated ones. Students are propared for graduate studies, employment in government, industry, and the growing environmental sector.