Triple Focus: Environment + Two Areas of Concentration:

The BAS Environment is an interdisciplinary, 4-year, 120 credit bachelor’s degree program with a Major and Honours option. It is designed to give students expertise in both science and the arts/humanities or social sciences (hereafter referred to as “arts”) by requiring concentrations in both areas in addition to the newly designed core environmental-themed courses (course codes “ENVS”).

In addition to core ENVS courses, the first year of BAS in Environment will encompass a wide range of choice amongst courses in the arts and sciences. The second and third years will be anchored by core seminar courses determined by faculty research interests, courses that focus on methodology, and a field course. During this time, students will be encouraged to develop their focus of study  by selecting one  area of concentration within the arts (see below), and one area of concentration in Science (see below). By the fourth year, students will have developed their own voice on the material and will produce an independent project (see below).

Arts Concentrations:

  1. Science and Citizenship (selections from Philosophy, Mi’kmaq Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Political Science)
  1. Nature, Culture, Communication (selections from English, Mi’kmaq Studies – linguistics, Communication, Anthropology and Sociology, French, Sports and Physical Activity Leadership)
  1. Environmental Humanities (selections from English, History, Mi’kmaq Studies, Humanities)

Science Concentrations:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Math
  4. Psychology

Field Course:

All students will participate in a field course during their program. This field course will be focussed on hands-on, interactive learning outside of the classroom and take place in various locations on Cape Breton Island, or further afield. Field course themes could range from ecology research in the Bras D’Or Lakes, tourism development in the Highlands, archeology at historic sites, community-driven environmental themes, and more.


Working closely with a supervisor, students will complete an Honours thesis project in either science or arts, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary methods, interpretations or project design. The emphasis of an Honours thesis project is independent, original research by the student. You will be able to design your own project aligned with your interests and goals in consultation with potential supervisors, or contribute towards large faculty research programs.


The Capstone project is a faculty-supported major project done in small groups. Students can create their own groups for this Capstone project, and will decide on their research projects. Groups can choose to take on any topic they are passionate about, from recycling, to health promotion, to forest restoration, to local organic farming, and more. The final projects will be interdisciplinary, creative, and engaging;  the only limit is your imagination.

Environmental Assessment Certificate Option:

Students in the BAS Environment have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Environmental Assessment to complement their degree. This involves taking a suite of three additional courses in Environmental Assessment and Auditing (code ENVI).