In addition to core Environmental Studies (ENVS) courses, the first year of BASE 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 and one area of concentration in science. By the fourth year, students will have developed their own voice on the material and will produce an independent project Majors Project.

4-Year BAS Environment (120 Credits)

  • Foundational courses (30 credits)
  • Science Concentration Electives (30 credits)
  • Arts Concentration Electives (30 credits)
  • ENVS Core (24 credits)
  • Capstone Project (6 credits)

4-Year BAS Environment, Honours (120 credits)

  • Foundational courses (30 credits)
  • Science Concentration Electives (30 credits)
  • Arts Concentration Electives (30 credits)
  • ENVS Core (24 credits)
  • Honours Project (6 credits)

Environmental Assessment Certificate Option (9 credits*):

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.

*this Certificate requires 6 extra credits above and beyond the 120 needed for the degree

Arts Concentrations:

The Arts concentrations were designed to help students build a coherent body of knowledge and skills within a field of their interest while helping them focus on post-graduate paths they might pursue. There is a great deal of flexibility within these streams.

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

Science Concentrations:

The science concentrations were designed to give students enough in-depth knowledge in one area of the sciences so that they can be scientifically literate and competent. Because science courses often build on each other and have important prerequisites, there is much less flexibility within these concentration streams. Students may choose from pathways in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Physics

Triple Focus: Environment + Two Areas of Concentration:

BASE 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 by requiring concentrations in both areas in addition to the newly designed core environmental-themed courses.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar under Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment under School of Arts and Social Sciences for specific program requirements and program options.