High School credits:

  • Five Grade 12 Advanced or Academic courses including:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Overall average of at least 75%.
  • ( Additional science credits are highly recommended. )

Transfer Students:

Students with existing university credits can apply to the program if they have an overall average of 60%, and if they have the high school credits required for direct-entry applicants (see above). Students without the required high school mathematics or science credits can be accepted if they have completed a university-level science course with a laboratory component and a university-level mathematics course. Transfer credits will be assessed and granted according to existing CBU policies. Transfer students must also submit the Letter of Interest (see above).

Letter of Interest:

In addition to the standard CBU application, students must submit a Letter of Interest. The letter is an applicant’s chance to express their own interest in the program. Applicants might want to describe, for example, how they became interested in the field, why they think they are suited for it, what extracurricular activities they have been involved in that relate to environmental issues, or how they hope to benefit from the program. Creative submissions will also be considered. For more information see the BAS in Environment website or contact the Program Directors, Drs. Deanne van Rooyen (Geology) and Dana Mount (English) at base@cbu.ca

Format for “Letter of Interest” submission:

Tell Us A Bit About Yourself

Purpose of the Letter:

  • You get the chance to show us why this is the right degree path for you
  • You get the chance to tell us what motivates you and to demonstrate your interest and/or involvement in environmental issues
  • We get to learn a little bit more about our potential students

Ideas for the Letter:

How to Apply and Submit your letter:

  • Fill in the official CBU application indicating that you are applying to BASE
  • Email your Letter of Interest directly to the Directors of the BAS in Environment at base@cbu.ca
  • Letters of Interest should be sent as a PDF file
  • Creative submissions can be sent electronically, if possible, or by mail, or in person if necessary.
  • Please make sure that your email or letter includes your full name, current high school, and complete contact information. Mailing Address:

Dana Mount
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300
1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney NS
B1P 6L2