Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

Two perspectives for one better world.

The Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BAS Environment) at Cape Breton University (CBU) is a distinctive undergraduate degree that will allow you to develop and nurture skills in both arts and sciences. The BAS in Environment is multifaceted and includes teachings and perspectives from Faculty in many different areas of the university, including Business, Geology, Mi’kmaq Studies and Biology. By completing this degree you can become a powerful advocate for environmental sustainability practices in a wide variety of sectors including policy and government, education, environmental assessment, resource management, communication, and community development.

An Indigenous Focus

This uniquely interdisciplinary degree allows for the opportunity to constructively and profoundly engage with issues relating to sustainability, environment and community in practical ways. By building on the strength of CBU’s relationships with First Nations communities, and in cooperation with Unama’ki College, the BAS in Environment integrates Indigenous knowledge into its core principles. The program has incorporated a significant Indigenous focus into the program’s Five Guiding Principles:.

1) Emphasize Indigenous perspectives in every course;
2) Focus on interdisciplinary;
3) Spotlight cutting edge and exciting material from multiple sectors and in diverse forms;
4) Concentrate on research methods and research ethics; and,
5) Emphasize writing and communication.

Graduates of this program will emerge with sound research and writing skills, a multifaceted knowledge of local and global environmental issues, and a passion to make change. This program will open the door for opportunities for collaborative learning and research with local Mi’kmaq communities.

Arja Vainio-Mattila
Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 563-1354

Mary Keating
Associate Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, English

Office: CC-222

Phone: 902.563.1623

Lynn MacEachern
Assistant to the Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 902.563.1261

Sherry Spracklin
School Secretary

Office: CC-275

Phone: 902.563.1258