Pursue a Sustainable Future
The Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BASE) is a uniquely interdisciplinary undergraduate degree tackling one of the most important topics of our world today.
With perspectives from both arts and science, this program addresses environmental, community and sustainability-related issues that take into account social, ecological, material, cultural and political views. BASE is built for students who are ready to create solutions relating to sustainability and the environment, helping to lead our generation toward a more sustainable future.
BASE approaches issues in a practical yet profound way, building on the strength of CBU’s relationships with First Nations communities. Through Unama’ki College, the program has a strong Indigenous Focus, integrating Indigenous knowledge into its core principles. By leveraging Cape Breton’s Indigenous roots, BASE provides a truly unique perspective for students interested in leading environmental change.
Why a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment at CBU?
- CBU is a carbon-neutral campus. We are home to the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and Environment (VCSEE), steering research in the areas of Green Mining technologies, mine water remediation, nanoparticle research related to environmental monitoring, and biofuel-related project.
- BASE focuses on experiential and community-based learning through Field Courses, a Major Project, opportunity for a Honours Thesis, and collaboration with local Mi’kmaq communities
- Become a powerful advocate and active change agent in environmental sustainability practices in policy and government, education, environmental assessment, resource management, communication and community development
- BASE leverages Cape Breton’s incredible natural beauty and its post-industrial landscapes. From Mi’kmaq creation stories, to modern-day moose hunts, this Island is the perfect learning grounds.
- Foster the ability to promote cultural shifts, political commitment, and scientific approaches as a society while maintaining openness to the contribution of multiple fields of enquiry.
- BASE graduates are qualified for BEd programs, with multiple teachable fields of specialization. Students have the required number of courses for an upper level teachable field in a science concentration, and will be able to construct a secondary teachable in their arts concentration.
Possible Career Paths
- Policy and Government
- Environmental Assessment
- Resource Management
- Communication Fields
- Community Development
Work for organizations like:
- Environmental Consulting Firms (research or communications)
- Parks Canada
- Museums or Conservation Areas
- NGO and International Development Organizations
- Educational Institutions
BASE graduates are qualified for graduate schools with environmental programs, resource management or related fields. Talk to your Enrolment Services Professional about how to pair BASE with post-graduate studies for the career you want.